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

Chrysalis Arts Bursary and Mentoring Programme

A new bursary and mentoring programme developed by Chrysalis Arts offering in depth professional development support to six emerging artists (aged 25 and under) over an initial two-year period. The participants will be supported to access bespoke mentoring support and collaborative learning opportunities whilst simultaneously developing and implementing either:

  • an artist in residence programme of activity
  • a social engagement project


  • creating a new body of work for professional presentation at the end of Year 2 of the programme, including audience engagement activities as part of the process

These opportunities will be facilitated by Chrysalis Arts in collaboration with the participating artists and mentors eg Chrysalis Arts will work with the artist to identify a partner eg arts organisation/venue, gallery, museum, library, local festival or other event which will host the presentation of the work or residency project.

Financial support will be awarded to the artist to cover the cost of research, travel expenses, materials, production, audience engagement expenses etc.

Participation in the programme will include:

  • Initial interviews and consultation with Chrysalis Arts to develop and agree an individual learning programme which will form part of the artists’ mentoring agreement.
  • Peer group learning opportunities, including group visits with other participating artists facilitated by Chrysalis Arts
  • Free participation in Art Connections courses. These may include: Proposal Writing and Fundraising; Audience Engagement; Marketing, Presentation and Approaching Galleries, Slow Art and Environmental Sustainability, Rural Arts Practice.
  • 1:1 sessions with a dedicated mentor or mentors to be identified in collaboration with Chrysalis Arts. These sessions will enable the mentees to gain expert advice on a range of topics.
  • Along with members of Chrysalis Arts team, the mentors will also work with the artist to advise on the development of their project and help ensure that the artist is able to present the work at the end of the mentoring period.

A budget for marketing and promotion of the programme will be administered separately by Chrysalis Arts. This will include funding for documentation of the work, production of marketing materials/ joint materials with the other mentees as appropriate. 

It is anticipated that the mentoring will take place in two stages with the first 3 mentees appointed in April 2018 and the second 3 in Autumn 2018, although this will vary depending upon the number and quality of the applications.

Who it’s for:

To be eligible for the programme, artists must have successfully completed a first degree in Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Digital Arts, Environmental Art etc, and ideally have also obtained a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience. They may be working within a clearly defined area of practice ie painting, sculpture, film, textiles etc or across different media/artforms but must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of individual artistic practice development, technical proficiency, a professional approach. Applicants should have applied their practice in contexts outside their university/ college setting, either during or after their course.

We aim to select artists from a wide range of backgrounds whose work reflects a similar diversity of interests and practices.

Priority will be given to Artists based in Yorkshire, East Riding, Cumbria, Lancashire, County Durham or Northumberland, particularly those based in rural areas or other locations where access to professional support is limited, and also to artists interested in rural arts practice or in art and environmental sustainability.

Artists from other areas may also apply however should bear in mind that they will be required to attend a number of cpd sessions held at Chrysalis Arts base in Gargrave, North Yorkshire.

Other requirements

The participants in the programme will enter into a contractual agreement to co-operate with Chrysalis Arts in the monitoring, promotion and evaluation of the programme, supplying regular updates on progress during the course of the programme and update Chrysalis Arts on career development up to 5 years following its completion.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications to the first round of the programme is Monday 2nd April. Applicants should write a letter stating their reasons for applying, any previous relevant experience and any particular areas of interest they would like to pursue. This should be accompanied by an Artist’s Statement, CV and either digital or other visual images of work.

If you would like to know more about this programme or the other support and information we offer, please get in touch: [email protected] / 01756 748529


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