Art Connections

Art Connections

Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond. Activities include a diverse range of visual arts projects, commissions, specialist training programmes and individual mentoring and advice.

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We are launching a new programme designed to support more artists to engage with Slow Art and environmental sustainability. This will encourage both emerging and established artists to explore new ways of working, create opportunities for collaboration and group learning as well as gaining new skills through live project activity and access to a new digital toolkit.

More info on this programme is available via the Art Connections website >>

Chrysalis Arts is an Arts Council England sector leader in Environmental Sustainability. Artists based within the Arts Council North region may be eligible to participate in this programme.


In spring 2018, Chrysalis Arts will be launching a new bursary and mentoring programme which will offer in depth support to six mentees over an initial two-year period. The programme will prioritise emerging artists under 25 and will combine facilitated group and individual professional development sessions with advice and financial support towards the development, production and showcasing of new work. Priority will be given to visual artists interested in rural arts practice or in art and environmental sustainability.

More info on the Bursary & Mentoring opportunity here >>

To register interest in the mentoring and slow art and sustainability opportunities, contact: [email protected] / 01756 748529


A chance to discuss your work with an experienced curator in a private and supportive setting. Each session lasts approximately 45mins. Participants also receive a written summary of the advice given after the session. Places are limited – early booking is advised. Cost: £25 / Concessions £15.*

Additional sessions will take place in the Moors and Coast area in April / May. Please let us know if you are interested.

with Artistic Director, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds: Hayley Walker
The Art Depot, Gargrave: 5th February 2018

with Fine Art Curator, Educator and Artist: Martyn Lucas
The Art Depot, Gargrave: 22nd February 2018

BOOKING  Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]


The Art Depot, Gargrave; 1st March 2018
Cost: £25 / £15 concession
A one-day workshop on developing your marketing and promotion skills online.  This session is aimed at artists and makers who are not confident in using digital resources and want to improve how they use online platforms and social media to promote themselves and their work.

We will cover:

  • Tools and resources available to market ourselves online
  • Identifying audiences
  • Online marketing – email, website, social media, online shops
  • Creating an action plan
  • 1:1 Q&A
  • Group feedback & discussion

BOOKING  Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]

*Concessions apply to emerging artists (under 25) over 60s and artists on low incomes.

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk

“I received excellent support from Art Connections – practical advice, liaison support with the host organisation, arranging mentor support, financial and promotional assistance with the exhibition. I felt confident I had their full support as artist in residence.”

“I found the funding and marketing courses inspiring and both will prove useful.  I intend to make a funding application soon and feel that I know a lot more about the process and requirements necessary.  The courses were not simply informative – the delivery of both was very professional.

Working as an artist is often largely a solitary experience and I feel it is very important to be able to access such courses, fairly regularly if possible, to give one focus and direction.  It’s a way of taking stock and looking to see ways forward.  It’s also a good way of networking.”

“The residency has given me the opportunity to explore new techniques within my work and create pieces that are, for me, more adventurous and of a slightly larger scale. It has really made me question the way in which I make things and the materials I use within a piece. I still have lots of ideas I want to explore in the future as a result of this project.

This has been of enormous benefit to me within my practice. It has given me the time through the grant to allow me to explore new materials and techniques as well as allowing me to explore new ideas within my work.”