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Chrysalis Arts
 combines the skills of artists and other design professionals with those of project managers and a range of highly skilled makers and specialist manufacturers, and has extensive experience in producing work to commission. The company’s diverse experience in the design, development, management and implementation of public art schemes and commissions has gained Chrysalis an outstanding reputation for high calibre artwork, combined with professionalism in all aspects of project delivery.

Creating art in public places since 1985, Chrysalis Arts was founded by Rick Faulkner and Kate Maddison in Cheshire, the company moved to North Yorkshire in 1988 and built their award-winning studio-office The Art Depot in 1996 where the company is now based.

Chrysalis can respond to the clients’ needs and offer guidance and support, from developing a public art project with complex requirements and funding agendas to the implementation of a sustainable community art project.

Chrysalis can collaborate with other artists, architects, landscape architects and engineers in the design and creation of public art using a broad palate of media:
• Lighting and programmed colour LED
• Architectural metalwork in steel, stainless steel, corten etc.
• Cast metal; bronze, aluminium, ferrous
• Cut and carved stone
• Pebble and ceramic mosaic paving
• Architectural glass in coloured, vinyl, sandblasted or etched
• Green wood, kiln dried hard wood and engineered timber
• Digital design for printed, engraved or cut fabric, vinyl, metal, wood board etc.
• Screen printed and vitreous enamelled steel

Community engagement
Chrysalis Arts is very experienced at community consultation and leading practical workshops to bring local communities together to create artwork. Community participation can be achieved by:

  • a community consultation process with public presentations, inviting discussion and comment
  • encouraging participation in creative workshops to influence the artist and the design team or produce artwork that can be included in the project
  • offering a mix of open family workshops and workshops with local groups and schools
  • engaging with social media and developing project based internet platforms

Training for Real is the approach that Chrysalis Arts has developed as a public art professional development model for artists is based on a structured delivery of a real public art project within a framework of support and mentoring for the trainees involved. Experienced practitioners from the Chrysalis Arts team work with the trainees and the commissioners through the process from application and responding to a brief, to delivery of the selected proposals, installation and decommissioning.

Public Art Sustainability Assessment (PASA for short), a free interactive assessment tool (available from http://www.pasaguidelines.org), which promotes sustainable practice in public art for artists, practitioners and commissioners. PASA guidelines were originally developed by Chrysalis Arts to analyse and evaluate its public art projects, it then underwent a further period of research, development and seminars in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and it has since been adopted by other arts organisations and practitioners internationally.

Clients are local authorities, developers, housing associations, transport companies, trusts and community associations.
Recent clients include;

  • Leeds City Council
  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • New Forest District Council
  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Broadacres Housing Association Ltd
  • Mulberry Homes Yorkshire Ltd
  • Lingfield (Catterick) Ltd
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Canal and River Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Bolton at Home
  • Cottingley Community Association
  • Living Streets