Slow Art

Slow Art

Slow Art

Slow Art is a Chrysalis Arts programme using innovative approaches to explore sustainability and visual arts practice.

Our definition of Slow Art embraces:

  • Art and art making that is in harmony with the key principles of sustainability, highlighting the social, environmental and ecological principles facing the world today.
  • Art that makes use of recycled and locally sourced materials, addresses carbon emissions or is bio-degradable.
  • A contemporary movement in fine art and craft where technique, materials and the work process are considered especially important. and often lacking in our society dominated by mass production and mass consumption.
  • Art that nurtures and celebrates the diversity and distinctiveness of communities and contributes to a better quality of life.
  • Encouraging audiences to take their time in experiencing artwork and the creative process


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Chrysalis Arts is a designated sector leader in environmental sustainability for Arts Council England.

Slow Art - Cold Bath Road Mystery
Cold Bath Road Mystery
Slow Art Trail


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 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.

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

In October 2016 we began Fabric of Place, a new Slow Art, artist in residency programme. Based in Reeth and the surrounding area of Swaledale, Fabric of Place will involve four artists in residences and an extensive community engagement programme over the course of 18 months, culminating in a touring exhibition, combing commissioned work and community artwork. Over an extended period, which allows time for the project to evolve and extend its reach to different audiences, this project aims to nurture specific audiences including children, young people and isolated older people to engage with art, sustainability and place-maki to help us to develop new ideas and approaches for the future.

Click here for more information about Fabric of Place >>