Training / Mentoring & Professional Development
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Chrysalis Arts has been providing training and professional development support for artists for the past ten years. The company has gained a national reputation for its unique approach which is designed to maximise the acquisition of new skills and practical experience and to develop confidence in professional practice. Training courses are devised by Christine Keogh and led by the three Chrysalis Directors, Rick Faulkner, Christine Keogh and Kate Maddison in association with a range of other specialist professionals. A high percentage of artists who receive training from Chrysalis go on to achieve successful careers both in the field of public art and in related fields.
"The process of applying for public art projects is demanding and requires many skills; Chrysalis' vast experience in this field is their most valuable asset," Sue Harrison.
"Overall this placement has been of tremendous help to me and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Chrysalis," Joan Newall.
Training Courses and Seminars
Chrysalis offers a regular programme of specialist seminars, practical courses and workshops at The Art Depot which are designed for artists and for other design professionals.
From time to time, Chrysalis Arts offers opportunities for artists to work with the company on paid placement. The selected artists gain experience of public art projects by working alongside the project lead artists and are offered professional development training tailored to suit their needs. Five Yorkshire-based artists on 40-day placement with Chrysalis were mentored on the "Training for Real - Bradford" temporary art and consultation project.
Selected artists receive mentoring support based on their own artistic practice and are offered professional development training tailored to suit their needs.
Training for Real
Chrysalis has also developed new approaches to assisting artists in gaining public art skills via participation in specially created 'live' projects. In Training for Real, Chrysalis encourages artists to work as a team with experienced artists and acquire new skills through creative collaboration.
Projects examples include Training for Real - Malham which gave six artists the opportunity to create commissioned work in collaboration with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and gain experience of community involvement and consultation processes. Training for Real - Liverpool commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool Housing Action Trust involved Chrysalis and six Merseyside artists creating a series of temporary light installations on four separate regeneration sites in Liverpool.
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