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

Professional Development 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:

Greening Arts Practice

A new professional development programme to support artists’ practice and engagement with climate change and related environmental and sustainability issues.

Chrysalis Arts Development is launching a new programme of talks and discussions incorporating a diverse range of approaches to art, ecological and sustainability issues. The programme should be of interest to artists who are thinking about how they can get involved in these issues as an evolving part of their practice as well as those who are already working in this area. It will involve artists, curators, producers and those who work with them with the aim of offering different perspectives and experiences and overcoming some of the barriers and perceptions that currently restrict creative participation.

Click here for info on Session 1 with Rebecca Chesney >>

Click here for info on Session 2 with Creative Carbon Scotland >>

To book, contact 01756 748529 / [email protected]


Chrysalis Arts Bursary & Mentoring Programme Supporting Emerging Talent

Chrysalis Arts is launching a bursary and mentoring programme which will offer in depth support to six mentees over an initial two-year period. The programme 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.

More info on the mentoring programme here >>


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 concessions* *Concessions apply to emerging artists (within first 2 years of practice), under 25s, over 60s and artists on low incomes.


with Artistic Director, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds: Hayley Walker
5 Feb – The Art Depot, Gargrave
11 May – No 46 Cafe, Malton

with Fine Art Curator, Educator, Artist and Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop: Martyn Lucas 
22 Feb – The Art Depot, Gargrave
24 May – No 46 Cafe, Malton

To book, contact France-Leigh on 01756 748529 / [email protected]


1 Mar – The Art Depot, Gargrave – FULLY BOOKED

Cost: £25 full price / £15 concessions* *Concessions apply to emerging artists (under 25) over 60s and artists on low incomes. 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]

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