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Art Unpacked is a series of touring art exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts. It brings the very best of contemporary art and craft to small and unique galleries, from East Lancashire to the Yorkshire coast.


  • Crafting Change: New approaches to sustainable making

    Crafting Change explores how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century.

    Making usually means generating more ‘stuff’ and using resources and energy.  The textiles, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world and workers are often ...

Coming Soon


    • Truth and Fantasy in Chorley Library

      Truth and Fantasy is open at the next stop on its tour- Chorley Library. We’re there until the end of July with news of new activities coming soon. Come down to the library to see stunning work by five very different artists who use drawing as a key part of their practice, and who knows, ...

    • Truth and Fantasy – Contemporary Artists Drawing Dennis - Creffield - Improvisation-on-the-Life-Cast-of-William-Blake-2008-Courtesy - James-Hyman-Gallery

      Our latest exhibition is currently at North Bridlington Library- you can catch it there until Saturday 2 June, with news here of free drawing activity with exhibition artist Penny Davenport  on Friday 1 June. Truth and Fantasy then moves to Chorley Library, open from Saturday 9 June. 

      Truth and Fantasy brings together artists from across the ...

    • Marvellous Mechanicals at the Platform Gallery!

      A new venue for Art Unpacked! Join us on Friday 19th January as Marvellous Mechanicals moves to Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.




    • Marvellous Mechanicals at Catterick Library

      Come and visit Marvellous Mechanicals at Catterick Library. 

      From Saturday 30th September to Saturday 16th December, you can see art that moves, sometimes when you’re not expecting it!


    • Marvellous Mechanicals at Craven Museum & Gallery

      Come and visit Marvellous Mechanicals at Craven Museum & Gallery!  From Saturday 5th August to Sunday 24th September (opening hours Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm with a special opening on the last Sunday), Marvellous Mechanicals showcases art that moves, sometimes when you’re not expecting it!

    • Marvellous Mechanicals in Accrington Library

      Come and visit Marvellous Mechanicals at Accrington Library! Our latest exhibition features handles to turn, eyes that swivel and an undulating coin machine. Open until Saturday 29 July, Marvellous Mechanicals showcases art that moves, sometimes when you’re not expecting it!

    • Marvellous Mechanicals Nik Ramage - Fingers

      1 June– 11 June, 10.30am – 5.30pm then touring

      The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave

      Come and enjoy a taste of our new exhibition, a celebration of the makers and tinkerers who explore movement in their art. Featuring a range of sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke machines and homemade robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals will engage and inspire all ages.

      Our ...

    • Art Unpacked pops up in Scarborough


      New work from emerging artists, curated by students from York St John University

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      Thursday 7th to Sunday 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 ...

    • Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden

      September 2015 – March 2016

      Join us for a stunning and thought provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery and textiles from seven leading makers. The exhibition demonstrates how artists are taking their rich craft heritage to forge new ways of working, using natural materials- seeds, wood, appropriated machine made objects and finely crafted metal and textiles. Textil/Juvel ...

    • The Forest of Possibility

      January – August 2015

      Come and explore the fragile beauty of paper landscapes

      Our ancient forests are a source of inspiration for artists: fragile paper is transformed into beguiling paper cuts, sculptures and animation to explore our experience of the forest and its inhabitants.