Meet artist Lisa Slater

Lisa in studio

Lisa Slater works from a compact but charming studio in Hebden Bridge, deep in the Calder Valley.  Tucked away at the end of a corridor in the Northlight building, her workplace manages to be busily crammed with material and tools, whilst at the same time giving off a sense of calm and order – everything has its place.  There is little colour – Lisa mainly works in natural wood.  But … Read More →

Look what we made in Skipton!


Jim Bond’s I See You has been following visitors around Marvellous Mechanicals and he kicked off the summer in Skipton with his Chain Reaction workshop. Collectively participants made a moving sculpture: using materials including wood, tape and toilet roll middles, participants had to problem solve their way to a chain reaction – part marble run, part giant dominoes, part demolition derby! Jim also worked with another group of budding artists to make … Read More →

Focus On… Martin Smith

Martin Smith – Applause Machine

Huddersfield based, Martin Smith, describes himself as, “an Artist who makes things that are usually kinetic but not always moving.” The movement element is important to Martin as it allows him an additional dimension to play with in the creation of his work. And his art work is that, playful, and humorous but also beautiful and sometimes a little dark. The themes he is currently exploring include love, celebration and money. … Read More →

Coming soon to Craven Museum & Gallery!

Join us on Saturday 5 August to celebrate the opening of Marvellous Mechanicals at the next stop on the tour, Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton. Join our mailing list (on the Home page) or check back here soon for more details about the opening and exciting workshops with exhibition artists Nik Ramage and Jim Bond.

Catch Marvellous Mechanicals in Accrington

Marvellous Mechanicals in Accrington

We’ve had a great response to Marvellous Mechanicals in Accrington Library- you can still see the exhibition there until Saturday 29 July. With plenty of opportunities to turn handles on Lisa Slater’s charming wooden automata or drop a coin into Martin Smith’s Cache Machine, this is an exhibition kids love. 

Konsthantverk/ Show Me Your Craft


Following last year’s thought provoking Textil/ Juvel exhibition of textiles and jewellery from West Sweden, we’re working with Konsthantverkscentrum (KHVC) again to take the work of three North Yorkshire based artists who work in textiles to Sweden this June. Angela Chalmers, Barbara Greene and Serena Partridge’s work will feature alongside work by Swedish artists. KHVC have devised Show Me Your Craft to encourage learning and skills sharing between artists – as well … Read More →

Come and make a Bubble Machine with artist Martin Smith

Come and see a taster of our new exhibition and make your own simple moving device. Renowned automata artist Martin Smith makes kinetic devices, often with a humorous element.  Martin will lead a Bubble Machine workshop, suitable for families at The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave on Friday 2 June 2017, 1-3pm. This event is part of North Yorkshire Open Studios– book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01756 748529. Cost: £10 family ticket

Successful fundraising for Art Unpacked!

Chrysalis Arts awarded funding for new Art Unpacked touring exhibition programme Chrysalis Arts is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme and from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to develop a further series of Art Unpacked touring contemporary visual arts exhibitions. Art Unpacked brings the very best of contemporary art and craft to small and unique venues across North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Art … Read More →

Art Unpacked and York St John students in Scarborough!

TRACKS postcard front

New work from emerging artists, curated by students from York St John University 7th to 10th July 2016 at The Old Parcels Office, Scarborough Opening on the 7th July comes Tracks an exhibition based on movement and process, stagnant and changing environments. The exhibition takes place in the historic Old Parcels Office on Scarborough train station platform, providing an opportunity to see contemporary artworks from five exciting young artists from … Read More →

Heading to Northumberland

KK and AM Berwick

Textil/Juvel has a new venue! We’re delighted that the exhibition, due to close in Scarborough in March, is now open in Berwick-upon-Tweed until 10 June. The exhibition is at Berwick Museum, housed within the Barracks and a fascinating place to visit. The new venue was facilitated by our Konsthantverkscentrum colleague Katarina Karlsson, who was there to welcome a delegation from Sweden last week.