Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Professional Development

Art Connections offers professional visual artists a range of professional development opportunities from training workshops and individual advice through to commissioned work.

To book a place on any of these sessions, please contact France-Leigh on 01756 748529 / [email protected]

Workshops and Training

Art Connections run a professional development programme for visual artists every year. This includes 1:1 advice sessions for fine artists & makers, social media training, curatorial & exhibition skills and more.  To find out when the next programme is running, sign up to our newsletter >>


Each year, Chrysalis Arts run the Finding Your Feet professional development programme for early career visual artists.

These sessions, presented by Chrysalis Arts, offer an overview of how to develop a portfolio career as an artist, highlighting a range of opportunities and approaches including:

  • Developing an artistic practice and professional identity
  • Working with other people: collaboration and social engagement
  • Making applications and setting up your own project
  • Contacts, Networks and Information Sources

The sessions include presentations from professional artists, arts managers and curators and plenty of opportunities for discussion and information-sharing.  To find out when the next programme is running, sign up to our newsletter >>


A chance to discuss your work with an experienced curator in a private and supportive setting. Each session lasts approximately 45mins. Places are limited – early booking is advised. Cost: £25

with Artistic Director, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds: Hayley Walker
The Art Depot, Gargrave: 6 March 2017

with Fine Art Curator, Educator and Artist: Martyn Lucas 
The Art Depot, Gargrave: 17 March 2017

Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]

Ongoing 1:1 advice sessions

Sessions must be pre-booked and can be face to face at The Art Depot in Gargrave or via a prearranged phone call and email. Sessions  last up to a maximum of one hour and are delivered by the most appropriate member of the Art Connections team. We can provide advice on:

  • Writing a project proposal or developing a project,
  • Funding applications
  • Social media and website issues
  • Working to commission
  • Residencies and international opportunities
  • Marketing advice

Cost: £25

For more information call us on 01756 748529 or email [email protected]

Seminars and networking events

Seminars organised by Art Connections usually focus on good practice and specific topics that may be of benefit to artists’ career development. They often provide an opportunity for artists to hear speakers working at national and international level including other artists, curators, commissioners and funders, and for networking.

Art Unpacked

Art Unpacked is a Chrysalis Arts project which curates and tours a series of exhibitions to an evolving network of venues. As part of Art Unpacked, there is a programme of CPD opportunities for curatorial and exhibition skills development, for participating venue staff, volunteers and other aspiring curators in the region. Please contact Sara for more information: [email protected]

For further information about all our professional development opportunities contact us on 01756 748529 or email [email protected].

What artists say about our services

“I received excellent support from Art Connections – practical advice, liaison support with the host organisation, arranging mentor support, financial and promotional assistance with the exhibition. I felt confident I had their full support as artist in residence.”
Andrew Cheetham, Painter, Scarborough

“The opportunity to spend time with a professional such as Grace has given me the incentive and nudge to ‘up my game’ and take a few risks in terms of both what I make and my aspirations. It has both expanded my horizons and my practice.”
Barbara Cassell, Jeweller & Hat Maker, Harrogate

“Thank you so much for your invaluable lesson you gave me yesterday in social media. I thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial, you explained everything so well and inspired me.”
Anita Bowerman, Painter & Paper Artist, Harrogate

“I thought the day was excellent. Lots of substance, great speakers and a really heartening positive attitude about trying to earn a living in the arts.”
Helen Graham, Visual Artist