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           Dr 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 Dr 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 – a Senior Lecturer in Art Theory and Practice at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research centres on everyday life and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on contemporary rural contexts.

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 and Robbie Coleman – public artists based in Scotland with a diverse practice that explores relationships, systems and change. They research and experiment at the intersection of environment, culture, science and technology and work across art forms creating both temporary and permanent public works.

Alison Lloyd – walks alone, for considerable distances, keeping off paths, striding and ‘contouring’ through moorland and mountainous areas. She composes photographs of herself with the paraphernalia of walking; map, compass, rucksack and vacuum flask.

Sara Vogel-Rödin – has been working within the area of arts, crafts and rural development in Sweden for the past 15 years engaging with projects, venues, festivals and organisations supporting artists, artistic exchange and entrepreneurship.

Dr David Haley – ecology artist, David, believes our ability to survive Climate Change is the enactment of a complex evolutionary narrative. As the dance of creation and destruction, also, demands new opportunities and meanings for the other side of collapse, his inquiries into the nature of water, whole systems ecology, complexity, and integral critical futures thinking inform his arts practice, academic research, education and community developments.


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


As part of this programme, we also have advice sessions for artists taking place in Gargrave on 19th Oct. More info here >> Advice Sessions for Artists