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


Chrysalis Arts have developed and received funding for a new project as part of our Slow Art strand. Fabric of Place is a community based, artist in residence project, based in a specific area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – Reeth, and the surrounding area of Swaledale – and draws upon themes of placemaking and local distinctiveness. 

The two-year project will pilot a creative process that allows sufficient time for participating artists to gain a better and more rounded knowledge of the community with whom they are collaborating, enabling a deeper sense of involvement, satisfaction and ultimately impact. 


The project commenced in October with the lead artist, Joanne B Kaar, conducting a two week research visit. During this visit Joanne developed the concept for the final exhibition, thus giving a framework for all subsequent residency artists to work within. The ‘Outside In’ concept will result in an installation in the shape of a domestic room, which on further inspection is multilayered and representative of the outside. Joanne’s particular take on this concept is looking at lichens and will be working with the community to identify local lichens and document them, turning this documentation into elements of the room. This exhibition will tour venues in the north of the county from late 2018. 

Community activity will launch in Spring 2017 with an introductory weekend onSaturday 25 and Sunday 26 March. This weekend will have a variety of activity with Joanne B Kaar and a second residency artist, Serena Partridge. Activity will include family drop in workshops, sessions for specific groups, masterclasses for local artists and the opportunity to be involved in the further development of the project. For more information about the introductory weekend or the project, contact Project Manager, Emily Wilson [email protected] or follow @fabricofplace on Twitter. 

Fabric of Place is funded by North Yorkshire County Council, Stronger Communities Fund, Chrysalis Arts and Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Image: Joanne B Kaar: Lichen on Stone illustration