“The Slow Art approach that we have evolved seems increasingly relevant at a time when we have to adapt to radical environmental and social change.
Fundamentally, it’s about ensuring that we make the best possible use of our creative resources and trying to achieve a lasting impact on the audiences, artists and places where we work.”
Chrysalis Arts began to address environmental issues and to adopt a more ethical approach to the company’s working methods and artistic practice in 2006. We were one of the first arts organisations in the UK to develop an Environmental Policy and subsequently, were awarded funding by Gulbenkian Foundation to work with Gaia Research to develop a pilot project, The Slow Art Trail, and guidelines for artists and commissioners creating work in public spaces.
We have always tried to apply our principles holistically, from the artistic projects and programmes we develop through to our use of ethical suppliers and service providers. Our ideas initially drew upon the Slow Food concept of taking more time to appreciate quality, sourcing materials locally etc and evolved to embrace issues such as re-using and recycling, use of non-toxic and low environmental impact materials, sustainable transport and responsible travel.
The development of a Slow Art philosophy and an increased focus on the climate emergency is now central to the content of our creative projects and to our CPD programmes. Please refer to the GAP Guide for more recent information.