Greening Arts Practice


Greening Arts Practice is a professional development programme to support artists’ practice and engagement with climate change and related environmental and sustainability issues.

The Greening Arts Practice (GAP) programme involves bursary and mentoring opportunities alongside talks and discussions incorporating a diverse range of approaches to art, ecological and sustainability issues.

The GAP programme is open to artists who are thinking about how they can get involved in these issues as an evolving part of their practice as well as those who are already working in this area.

Greening Arts Practice, A Guide for Artists

The Greening Arts Practice Guide [GAP Guide] is a guide for artists and arts organisations who want to develop a more environmentally responsible arts practice. The guide is free, and can be downloaded from the Chrysalis Arts Development website. An online version will follow in the near future. It brings together what we at Chrysalis Arts have learned about addressing the cli-mate crisis, and other related issues, through over a decade of work in the area. It also features 11 case studies from a diverse range of artists and some examples of our own recent work.

The Guide aims to offer a range of entry points and approaches for artists at different stages in their creative practice. It is not intended to be a ‘how-to’ or a definitive tool kit, but instead aims to create an opportunity for artists to question and develop their work, supported by the range of knowledge we can share. We hope that the Guide will help artists to tackle the issues and constraints which will inevitably arise in their practice by learning from the direct experiences and reflections of others.

As we all try to become more environmentally responsible, sharing the knowledge we have is of upmost importance. We plan to evolve the Guide over time, as we continue to focus our efforts in this area.

You can download the guide here:


Greening Arts Practice Guide


GAP sessions involve artists, curators, producers and those who work with them with the aim of offering different perspectives and experiences and overcoming some of the barriers and perceptions that currently restrict creative participation.

The events are open to all to attend and there is a small fee.


Talk by Artist Sue Lawty followed by a round table discussion

Friday 31 January, 2pm – 3.30pm
Arrival time, 1.45pm
The Art Depot, Gargrave, BD23 3SE

Cost: £10 including tea, coffee and cake

Speaker Sue Lawty
Lawty’s work is rooted in an emotional, spiritual and physical engagement with the land.
Through repetitive structure and construction she tacitly and meticulously explores material qualities that are inherently given by the material she chooses to work with, quietly drawing the viewer in to observe the subtlest of nuances.

In recent years she has become known for making large ‘stone drawings’ from thousands of tiny sea washed rock fragments, creating a kind of pixilated cloth.

Sue Lawty’s talk will include a presentation about 240,000 STONES, a seventeen metre long stone drawing commissioned for the main corridor of Scarborough Hospital; and World Beach Project, a global, online, community art project devised in association with the V&A, London

Find Sue on Instagram @suelawty @lawty.landscape

To book, please fill out and send the form below to [email protected] or book through Eventbrite

Booking Form

Sue Lawty


GAP sessions involve artists, curators, producers and those who work with them with the aim of offering different perspectives and experiences and overcoming some of the barriers and perceptions that currently restrict creative participation.

The events are open to all to attend and there is a small fee to cover a vegetarian lunch which is provided.


This is the final GAP session for this spring.

Friday 24 May 2019 

We’ve had some excellent speakers and covered a lot of ground over the previous five sessions and we think that it would be good to follow this with a round table discussion session that explores what we’ve learned and offers you more of an opportunity to discuss your ideas and what we might look to develop in future. David Haley, who gave a very well received presentation at one of the sessions, has agreed to come and help facilitate.

We are hoping that as many artists as possible who have attended the previous sessions will be able to come and take part and it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you can. It would be great if you could be involved!

To book, please fill out and send the form below to [email protected] or contact Kaitlyn on 01756 748529

Booking Form


Talks by Artist Ruth Levene and Anthropologist Megan Clinch, round table discussion and lunch

Thursday 4 April 2019

Artist Ruth Levene and Anthropologist Megan Clinch are halfway through a four year co-inquiry with Arts Catalyst. Based in the Calder Valley,Test Sites, is a series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change. The project looks at the impact of these changes on local culture, and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and selves.

Ruth Levene is an artist based in Sheffield, working in video, performance, digital drawings, walks, installations, socially engaged and participatory work. Curious and concerned by the complex systems we live by, she is currently exploring water, farming and housing developments. Recent projects have included A Field of Wheat with Anne-Marie Culhane; a 42-person strong collective and a Lincolnshire farmer, investing and growing a 22-acre field of wheat and Plot 188, Notes From a Precarious Landscape with Ian Nesbitt a peoples exhibition in a new build house on the edge of Preston, commissioned by In Certain Places and Formations curated by Site Gallery as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Castleton.

She has previously exhibited and performed work both internationally and in the UK, including KIASMA (Helsinki) Northern Gallery for Contemporary (Sunderland) for AV Festival, ICA (London), National Media Museum (Bradford), BBC Radio 3 & Sound and Music. Residencies include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wysing Arts Centre.

Megan Clinch is an anthropologist and lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research explores how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood (or not) and managed in the development of public health interventions.

People overlooking a river


Talk by Karen Guthrie

November 2018

For the fourth in our series of artists’ talks and discussions on the theme of Greening Arts Practice, we were delighted to welcome the award-winning artist Karen Guthrie.

Karen is a cross-disciplinary artist who was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives on a smallholding in the rural Lake District, the headquarters of arts organisation Grizedale Arts. Karen works primarily in public and socially-engaged art and in film-making, also freelancing in a number of capacities (from warden to Head Gardener to web developer) for Grizedale Arts. Recent projects include “House of Ferment” – a pop-up installation and working kitchen commissioned by Science Museum London, and so far presented at Borough Market (London), ArtBoom Festival (Krakow, Poland) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she was artist-in-residence in 2014,  producing work for ‘Soil Culture’, a UK-wide touring exhibition that celebrated the UN Year Of Soil. 

In 2017 she was a National Trust artist-in-residence at Acorn Bank near Penrith, producing garden plant distillations for a sensory installation, ’The Years Of Magical Thinking’.

With long-term collaborator Nina Pope, Karen won the first Northern Art Prize in 2008 for their films and installations. Together they founded their multidisciplinary organisation Somewhere in 2002 and have undertaken commissions for the likes of Tate Modern and Cambridge University alongside making four feature documentary films. In 2014 their work was the subject of a retrospective show at Kettles Yard, Cambridge. Karen’s latest feature film, the autobiographical ‘The Closer We Get’ (2016), was theatrically released in UK cinemas, broadcast on the BBC and has won many awards during a festival run taking in 16 countries.

More about Karen’s work can be seen at


ECOLOGICAL ARTS: a practice for capable futures

Talk by Ecological Artist, Dr David Haley

July 2018

This session combined a talk by artist David Haley, with a round table discussion. Participants were also invited to book a short slot to give an informal presentation about a relevant project, work or future plans.

Dr David Haley PhD Hon FCIWEM makes art with ecology, to inquire and learn. He works internationally with ecosystems and their inhabitants, using images, poetic texts, walking and sculptural installations to question climate change, species extinction, urban development, transdisciplinarity and ‘capable futures’.

David’s talk will include a presentation about VIEWPOINT, his recent project about the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent, the heritage and ecology of Cockermouth and the transformative challenges presented by climate change.


Creative Carbon Scotland: Round Table Discussion and Work Sharing: Friday 18 May

In this session, Gemma Lawrence (culture/SHIFT Producer) and Catriona Patterson (Green Arts Initiative Project Manager) from Creative Carbon Scotland shared a range of examples of different models of commissioning and curating environmentally engaged work from visual art festivals to site specific works, and the cultivation of new collaborations between arts and non-arts partners in Scotland.


“It has really opened my mind to the possibilities of bringing ecology and sustainability into my own practice, especially in partnership with other organisations.” Artist attendee

Creative Carbon Scotland: Bobby Niven, Palm House


Round table discussion with Rebecca Chesney

The first of these events took place on Friday 9 March at The Art Depot, Gargrave. Where we hosted a talk by the artist Rebecca Chesney followed by a discussion and information-sharing session.


“Thanks for setting up the discussion with Rebecca last week. Enjoyed hearing more about her work and approaches to making work in response to environment and climate issues. Thanks again for the inspiration (and a great lunch!)”  Sara Cooper, Artist



Chrysalis Arts is pleased to announce that three artists have so far been selected to take part in a new Bursary and Mentoring Programme supporting the development of skills in Green Arts Practice. The artists are Jeni McConnell, Sam Pickett and Jessica Elleray. More info here >>


We are happy to announce that our final two artists have been selected for our Bursary and Mentoring Programme. The artists are Anna Whitehouse and Jacqui Symons.  More info here >>