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

Rural Contexts Seminar II

Thursday 12 October, 2017 11am – 4.15pm
Victoria Hall, Settle
Cost: £35 Discounted cost for unwaged and emerging artists* £28. Buffet lunch included in the cost.  *within first three years of practice

This is the second in a series of training and development events organised by Chrysalis Arts which will explore how artists working in rural environments or with rural themes are developing new platforms and approaches to visual arts practice.



Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk

9.00           Optional breakfast walk led by Alison Lloyd – A circular walk up the hill behind Settle, approx 1 hour. If the weather is fine, the route offers some good views over to the three peaks and beyond to the Lake District.

10.30          Arrivals and Coffee

11.00          Welcome and Introduction: Rick Faulkner, Executive Director, Chrysalis Arts

11.10           Rosemary Shirley (Keynote Speaker)

11.45          Artists’ Presentations:

  • Jo Hodges
  • Gemma Burditt
  • Alison Lloyd

Jo Hodges: Twilight

1.00           Lunch provided by Goat Gap Café

2.00           Sara Vogel-Rödin

2.30           Facilitated discussion: based around two themes:

  • Artists’ practice and the marketplace
  • The changing rural context

3.30           Panel discussion chaired by David Haley: How may artists, commissioners and producers engage with the accelerating environmental challenges that confront us?

4.00           Chrysalis Arts – Future CPD Support

4.10            Refreshments/Networking

4.30           Close


Dr Rosemary Shirley – Lecturer in Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University and Co-Curator of the highly acclaimed ‘Creating the Countryside’ Exhibition which recently took place at Compton Verney.

Gemma Burditt a moving image artist working primarily with animation techniques.Recent work has included the Art of Milk completed during the Artist in residence programme with Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy.

Jo Hodges – public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway and co-curator of Sanctuary, a site-specific event in the Galloway Dark Skies Park.

Alison Lloyd – a creative guide and walking artist, Alison brings contemporary art and the outdoors together in her walks. 

Sara Vogel-Rödin – Culture and Leisure Manager for the municipality of Bengtsfors in the north of West Sweden



To book a place, contact [email protected]  /  01756 748529