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

Extending Practice/Celebrating Place

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The success of Inspired by Heritage encouraged Chrysalis to develop this model for an ambitious project which combined commissions with mentoring support. Extending Practice/Celebrating Place took place between 2010 and 2012. It offered commissions to ten North Yorkshire artists, working in different artforms, to produce a piece of work celebrating an aspect of North Yorkshire life, heritage, landscape or culture. There was a programme of sustained mentoring in place for these … Read More →

Connections North Residency Programme

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Connections North has supported international residency opportunities for ten North Yorkshire artists in Central Finland, West Sweden and Ireland. Artists 2011/12 David and Heather Cook, Printmakers – residencies at The Finnish National Print Centre, Jyvaskyla, Finland Katharine Holmes, Painter – residency in Kilkenny, Ireland Jill Cole, Photographer – research visit to Finland Sarah Smith, Sculptor – residency at Konstnärnas Collective Workshop Bohuslän, West Sweden Hester Cox, Printmaker, residency at Ålgården … Read More →

Inspired by Heritage

The Spring Clean

This project offered six contemporary artists from North Yorkshire the opportunity to research and explore a specific aspect of the collections of county-based galleries or heritage sites, in order to experiment and develop a new body of work for exhibition. The sites, host organisations and artists selected were: Whitby Museum, Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society – Lynne Glazzard, jeweller Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon – Tessa Bunney, photographer Mercer Art … Read More →



North Yorkshire Open Studios enables artists and makers to open their studios, meet, promote and sell their work direct to the public, over the first two weekends in June. Exhibitions, master classes, workshops and other activities contribute to a large-scale high quality contemporary arts event for a national and regional audience. The event is in its twelfth year and has grown incrementally to become one of the major events in … Read More →



Art Unpacked is a series of touring art exhibitions curated and managed by Chrysalis Arts. The exhibitions tour to an evolving network of around nine small venues in North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, East Lancashire and North East Lincolnshire. Art Unpacked is designed to bring new, high quality, contemporary art and craft to rural and disadvantaged urban audiences. There is an accompanying programme of professional development for the … Read More →