Art Unpacked was a series of touring art exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts. It brought the very best of contemporary art and craft to a network of small venues and libraries across North Yorkshire, East Riding and East Lancashire. Working with highly experienced artists and curators, Art Unpacked helps venues to develop their skills, increase engagement with audiences and supports libraries in their development as cultural spaces.
Make It Slow 2013/14
Work by Six Contemporary Makers exploring the Art of Slow
The work of six of the UK’s leading craft makers revealed that the process of creating stunning art can’t be hurried. Every Artwork embraced the intrinsic values of the Slow Movement including intricate techniques, sustainable materials and a connection with traditional skills. Curated with Grace Whowell
Artists: Sharon Adams, Aimee Betts, Fenella Elms, Lizzie Farey
Unfamiliar Ground 2014
Work by three Contemporary Printmakers
Artists Chris Agnew, Rebecca King and Bronwen Sleigh are challenging the boundaries of traditional printmaking, creating striking pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. Curated with Martyn Lucas
The Forest of Possibility 2015
Works in Paper
The exhibition featured works made with paper transformed by the seven featured artists into cut images, sculptures, wallpaper and animation on the theme of the forest. Curated with Natasha Howes.
Artists: James Aldridge, Claire Brewster, Andrea Mastrovito, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin, Davy and Kristin McGuire, Clare Skill, Justine Smith.
Contemporary Textiles and Jewellery from West Sweden
In partnership with Konstantverkscentrum, Gothenberg
Contemporary jewellery and textiles from seven leading makers. The exhibition demonstrated how artists are taking their rich craft heritage to forge new ways of working using natural materials, seeds, wood, metal and textiles. Curated with Katarina Karlsson and Grace Whowell
Artists: Annika Andersson, Karin Roy Andersson, Linus Bjornberg, Jessica Johannesson, Mara Ray Johansson, Linda Marie Karlsson and Sanna Svedestedt.
Marvellous Mechanicals 2018
Ingenious Moving Sculptures
A celebration of the makers and tinkerers who explore movement in their art. Featuring a range of sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke machines and homemade robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals engages and inspires all ages. Curated with Grace Whowell
Artists include: Martin Smith, Lisa Slater, Nik Ramage, Balint Bolygo and Jim Bond
Truth and Fantasy 2017/18
Contemporary Artists Drawing
Featuring drawing by five artists from across the UK who draw in highly skilled and creative ways. Ranging from pencil on paper to objects and animation, their art reveals a spirit of enquiry and imagination. Curated with Martyn Lucas
Artists include: Simon Woolham, Penny Davenport, Dennis Creffield, Hondartza Fraga, Paul Chiappe
Crafting Change 2018/19
New approaches to sustainable making
Crafting Change explored how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century. Curated with Grace Whowell
Artists: Carole Collet, Ute Decker, Joseph Hartley, Carmen Machado, Lorna Singleton and Solid Wool.
Crafting Change Seminar: A one-day event exploring sustainability and craft
Friday 3 May, 2018 , Selby Abbey
Ute Decker Greg Valerio Claire Wellesley-Smith Lorna Singleton
Hard Wired 2019
Artist responses to technology
In partnership with Outside In.
Artists considered the use of technology as a component of artworks, how it influences our perceptions of the world and how it can help articulate our experiences of sometimes life changing events.
Artists: Jack Rothwell, Phil Baird, Lynn Cox, Anthony Stevens, Lucy Barker, Ian Sherman,
Jenny McCarthy, Gareth Bunting, Emma Louvelle and Drew Fox
In September 2018, we invited the artists exhibiting in our Hard Wired exhibition to Whitby Museum to tell us more about their work and experiences. Watch the full Access Unpacked Seminar here.