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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 Unpacked ran from April 2013 to July 2016 and reached over 90,000 audience members, showing the work of 23 exceptional artists and involving nearly 700 people in talks and activities.

Art Unpacked exhibitions have brought unusual and thought provoking jewellery, ceramics, wood and metalwork, inspiring artworks in paper and striking prints to audiences where access to contemporary art is limited. Art Unpacked visitors have said “What an amazing and thought provoking exhibition. I am so glad I called in ” (The Forest of Possibility), “Wonderful exhibition illustrating the value of Slow and skill. Inspirational” (Make it Slow) and “like finding a corner of the Tate in Accrington Library” (Unfamiliar Ground).

Following the success of Art Unpacked over the past three years, we want to reach even more people and from July 2016 to July 2019 we will develop a further series of exhibitions, touring them to small scale venues in rural areas and small towns.

Michelle Dickson, Director Yorkshire and Touring, Arts Council England said
“Following the success of the previous Art Unpacked programme, I’m delighted that we have funded a further series. Chrysalis will work in partnership with venues like libraries and museums to present high quality artists and exhibitions. This will enable people who live in rural areas to experience great art and culture in their locality, which is one of the key aims of the strategic touring programme.”

Chrysalis Arts is a North Yorkshire based arts organisation providing innovative commissions, arts training, and residency programmes as well as running events such as North Yorkshire Open Studios and international collaborative projects including Connections North. We believe that you should be able to access excellent visual arts experiences wherever you live.