Five Hectares is a new project developed by Chrysalis Arts which aims to help people enjoy a greater connection with the natural world as we emerge from lockdown, to learn more about the mosaic of inter-relationships and habitats that supports our environment and us, and imagine how they would like to see it evolve in the future.
As an important part of this process, we’re inviting people to collaborate with us to create a unique Atlas that aims to offer different perspectives on how we perceive our environment and explore the aspects of place that matter to us and those we share it with.
Through a programme of creative workshops, walks and other activities designed for different groups and ages, we’ll be looking at a range of themes from wildlife and weather to the stories and memories which inform our surroundings to how we can take positive steps to secure its future. Activities from which the Atlas will be created, will range from stitch and other textile processes, to printmaking, mapmaking, bookbinding, creative writing and digital art.
The areas we are focusing on are within the river catchment which includes Gargrave, Malhamdale and parts of Wharfedale and the parishes of Gargrave, Kirkby Malham, Burnsall and Grassington. We’ll be working with schools in these areas in June/July and September/October and a programme of taster workshops and other activities bringing schools and the wider community together will take place from August onwards.
In addition to the Chrysalis Arts team, the project involves a collaboration with artists Alice Fox, David Haley and Alun Kirby and ecologists Fran Graham and Mark Hewitt.
No skills are necessary to take part in the workshops, although we’d also be delighted to hear from any local artists who would like to get involved.
Five Hectares is funded by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Chrysalis Arts Development.
Images: Taken on a walk at Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, led by Ecologist, Fran Graham