2022 Chrysalis Arts Sustainability Award goes to Shannon Vertigan

We are pleased to announce Shannon Vertigan as recipient of the 2022 Chrysalis Arts Sustainability Award. The award is presented annually to a final year student at York St John University whose practice focuses on the environment or environmental sustainability. 

Shannon explains her practice as ‘an interrogation of space.’ She creates site-responsive works and installations intended to examine the notion of territory, boundaries and rebellion and that question ownership of property and space.

Shannon's final year installation

‘The standard of work created by the final year students this year was incredibly high. Shannon’s work stood out for its bold interpretation of the themes she is examining. We were impressed by her exploration into ideas of place and the perceived ownership of it.’

– Carolyn Thompson, CPD Manager at Chrysalis Arts


This year, for the first time, in addition to professional development support the award will include a bursary to support Shannon in creating new work about the environment. We’re very much looking forward working with her.

'I have an immense amount of gratitude towards Chrysalis arts and I'm a very proud receiver of their 2022 Sustainability Award. This award and mentorship is the perfect opportunity for a graduate like myself to ensure a steady continuation of thinking and making post-degree. Furthering my practice in this manner would not have been possible without the support of the Chrysalis team and the resources provided through the granted bursary and workshops. I'm now thrilled to work alongside the team to realise a project that considers different environments and the boundaries between.'

– Shannon Vertigan

More on Shannon

Shannon Vertigan is a York-based artist, researcher, organiser and curator. Her practice is an ongoing interrogation of both space and ownership.

A recent BA Fine Art graduate at York St John University, Vertigan is also a director of numerous ongoing community art projects in the area. Such include experience as a co-curator, organiser and residential artist at Uthink's Piccadily Pop-Up, York. Recent exhibitions include 'The Awakening', York (2021), 'CULTIVATE:Alright?', online (2021) 'CULTIVATE: Next', online (2021), and 'to dwell publicly’, York (2022).

Website: shannonvertigan.co.uk

Instagram: @shvnnon.art

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