Marton Wood: A New Slow Art Initiative

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We’re delighted to announce that Chrysalis Arts has recently agreed a 10-year lease with North Yorkshire County Council for Marton Wood, a 6.6 hectare woodland near Boroughbridge and the village of Marton-cum-Grafton.

Prior to the pandemic, we had been developing ideas for an extended Slow Art project which offers communities and artists new ways to engage more deeply with nature, climate and sustainability. These have evolved over the past two years as many people have gained an increasing awareness of the value of our natural resources and their importance to future well-being.

Our approach will be to work collaboratively with the wood and with others to secure its long-term management, future and legacy. We will work with artists, ecologists and other scientists, alongside a range of local and other communities, to conserve, protect and regenerate this resource, learn new skills, develop creative practice and enable the passing on of skills and knowledge to others.

Through this process, we aim to develop new approaches to community and artists’ engagement with place, to the development of green artists’ practice and to create opportunities for artists, environmentalists and specialists in other fields to collaborate in ways that extend the quality, impact and reach of their work. 

Invitation to Artists 

Over the next twelve months, we will be researching and developing a Masterplan for Marton Wood which will include consulting with local communities, ecologists and others with specialist knowledge, and with artists who would like to share this learning opportunity with us. If you’re an artist who is interested in developing their practice and contributing to the development of the future programme, please get in touch.

We’re planning a series of walks, discussions and podcasts as part of this process over the next twelve months.

If you’d like to register your interest and find out more, please email us at: info@chrysalisarts.com

We’ll be publishing regular updates on our progress on this website.


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Marton Wood: A New Slow Art Initiative

No items found.

We’re delighted to announce that Chrysalis Arts has recently agreed a 10-year lease with North Yorkshire County Council for Marton Wood, a 6.6 hectare woodland near Boroughbridge and the village of Marton-cum-Grafton.

Prior to the pandemic, we had been developing ideas for an extended Slow Art project which offers communities and artists new ways to engage more deeply with nature, climate and sustainability. These have evolved over the past two years as many people have gained an increasing awareness of the value of our natural resources and their importance to future well-being.

Our approach will be to work collaboratively with the wood and with others to secure its long-term management, future and legacy. We will work with artists, ecologists and other scientists, alongside a range of local and other communities, to conserve, protect and regenerate this resource, learn new skills, develop creative practice and enable the passing on of skills and knowledge to others.

Through this process, we aim to develop new approaches to community and artists’ engagement with place, to the development of green artists’ practice and to create opportunities for artists, environmentalists and specialists in other fields to collaborate in ways that extend the quality, impact and reach of their work. 

Invitation to Artists 

Over the next twelve months, we will be researching and developing a Masterplan for Marton Wood which will include consulting with local communities, ecologists and others with specialist knowledge, and with artists who would like to share this learning opportunity with us. If you’re an artist who is interested in developing their practice and contributing to the development of the future programme, please get in touch.

We’re planning a series of walks, discussions and podcasts as part of this process over the next twelve months.

If you’d like to register your interest and find out more, please email us at: info@chrysalisarts.com

We’ll be publishing regular updates on our progress on this website.


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