Our Mission

Chrysalis Arts Development addresses the need for excellent art and for high quality support for talent development across a challenging geographical area. We believe that artists and creativity can help transform places, invigorate communities and contribute to the wider social and economic infrastructure.

Central to all our work is a commitment to environmentally responsible arts practice and to supporting artists and audiences to develop new skills and knowledge so that they may engage with the cultural and environmental context in which we live.

Environmental Atlas bound by Artist Alice Fox, featuring work by professional artists and the local community

Our Principles

Evolving new approaches to best practice in creative activity and place-based work that are appropriate for the changing cultural and environmental context in which we live.
Extending the reach of this work to more remote audiences including those excluded by age, socio-economic status, disability, race or other isolating factors. 
Creating models and programmes which evolve over time, and which encourage reflection, adaptation and enhanced learning.
Challenging short term approaches to artistic development and investment with a commitment to ‘Slow Art’ processes and philosophy.
Supporting artists to access relevant skills and addressing diversity and inclusivity as part of this process 
Inspiring audiences and artists to address climate, species extinction and other environmental issues, and gain a greater sense of well-being, empowerment and understanding.
Underpinning our artistic programme with measures to monitor and, where possible, reduce the environmental impact of our work.
Two people sitting at a table speaking
Photo by Lisa Holmes Photography

Chrysalis Arts Development has a long history of supporting artists and audiences in rural North Yorkshire and beyond. We’re proud of our legacy - it’s a huge part of who we are.

Find out about our past, and how it influences our future.


Our People

Meet the Chrysalis Board of Management, as well as the freelance professionals contributing to the team.

You can contact the team at info@chrysalisarts.com


Regional, national and international partnerships are fundamental to our practice and approach to development.

Find out about some of our partners.

Artwork, Medusa by Jenny McCarthy
Nick Jordan filming for Unfolding Origins, a project with in partnership with North Yorkshire County Record Office
The Art Depot
Eshton Road
BD23 3SE