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

New Training Programme for Artists & Makers in 2018

As part of our Art Connections professional development training, we are launching a new programme of support for visual artists in 2018. This will include:

A chance to discuss your work and practice with an experienced curator. Each session lasts approximately 45mins and after the session you will receive notes on what was discussed. Places are limited – early booking is advised. 

Cost: £25 full price / £15 concession (emerging and low income)


5th February 2018
with Artistic Director, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds: Hayley Walker
Venue: The Art Depot, Gargrave

(if demand is sufficient, sessions will take place in an additional location)


22nd February 2018
with Fine Art Curator, Educator, Artist and Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop: Martyn Lucas 
Venue: The Art Depot, Gargrave

(if demand is sufficient, sessions will take place in an additional location)

To book, contact France-Leigh on 01756 748529 / [email protected]
Further advice sessions will take place later in 2018 subject to demand.


1st March 2018
Venue: The Art Depot, Gargrave
(if demand is sufficient, a session will take place in an additional location)

Cost: £25 / £15 concession (emerging and low income)
A one-day workshop on developing your marketing and promotion skills online.
This session is aimed at artists and makers who are not confident in using digital resources and want to improve how they use online platforms and social media to promote themselves and their work.
We will cover:

  • Tools and resources available to market ourselves online
  • Identifying audiences
  • Online marketing – email, website, social media, online shops
  • Creating an action plan
  • 1:1 Q&A
  • Group feedback & discussion

To book, contact 01756 748529 / [email protected]


Mentoring Programme to support New Talent
In spring 2018, Chrysalis Arts will be launching a new mentoring programme which will offer in depth support to six mentees over an initial two-year period. The programmme will prioritise emerging artists under 25 and will combine facilitated group and individual professional development sessions with advice and financial support towards the development, production and showcasing of new work.

Priority will be given to visual artists interested in rural arts practice or in art and environmental sustainability.

Slow Art and Environmental Sustainability
We are launching a new programme designed to support more artists to engage with Slow Art and environmental sustainability. This will encourage both emerging and established artists to explore new ways of working, create opportunities for collaboration and group learning as well as gaining new skills through live project activity and access to a new digital toolkit.

Chrysalis Arts is an Arts Council England sector leader in Environmental Sustainability. Artists based within the Arts Council North region may be eligible to participate in this programme.

If you are interested in these opportunities, or would like to know more about support and information we offer, please get in touch: [email protected] / 01756 748529