January 2018 to March 2019

The Making of Chrysalis

Chrysalis will be a new mobile arts, culture and learning space made in 2018 - 2019 by the hands and imagination of people who live or work in the Bio Region of South Devon.

Encounters would like to introduce you to The Making of Chrysalis. 

Chrysalis will be a new mobile arts, culture and learning space made in 2017 - 2018 by the hands and imagination of people who live or work in the Bio Region of South Devon. It will become an inspirational resource for Encounters, local community groups and organisations in South Devon and beyond.

“We want to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds from rural hamlets to larger villages and towns across this region have the opportunity to inform and be part of the design and build of this new mobile communal space that could serve and inspire them in the future.”

Chrysalis News

Invitation to Tender - Creative Design & Build Lead, Encounters

Encounters is offering a £25k contract for an exceptional individual or team to lead on the design and build of Chrysalis, a project funded by Arts Council England.

We are hoping that you can help us reach and connect with networks, groups and individuals who you think might want to get involved in The Making of Chrysalis or that you might be interested in supporting or linking to the project in some way.

Background Information

The Making of Chrysalis is a significant and unique new project funded by the Arts Council of England that will gather together people of different ages and backgrounds who live or work in contrasting areas of South Devon.
Curious participants, engineers, craftspeople, pioneers in co-design, builders, environmental specialists, subject enthusiasts, community connectors, artists, educators, learners and stakeholders will be faced with creative challenges and decisions as old and new skills are brought together to consider the mobile units environmental impact in the areas of energy, water, food, materials, waste.
Through the making process, we will explore how we can reconnect to one another, to the living systems that support us and to investigate sustainable ways to live and flourish in a rapidly changing world. CHRYSALIS will provide an exemplar for a sustainable and co-created project that has a very real impact on increasing connections, skills and knowledge amongst people of all ages whilst celebrating diversity in all its variety of forms. 
Once made it will be available for use by people and organisations for learning, creativity, celebration, exchange, dialogue and gatherings of all kinds.

Linking to The Making of Chrysalis

We would really value your support, expertise and connections to help make this project a success. Please let us know if you would be willing to link us to any events, regular groups, networks or potential participants. We would also be keen to talk with you about how you might be able to link to the project in some way over the next year. 

Please contact if you can help or please call Ruth on 07870 698333

The Making of Chrysalis Timescales

January 2018

Encounters Artists visited voluntary groups, attending public events, setting up stalls in public spaces, sending out information, inviting people to sign up to join in with the project.

January - March 2018

We ran a series of co-design workshops about The Making of Chrysalis project for potential participants and interested parties in 5 locations across South Devon (Totnes, Newton Abbot, Kingsbridge, Paignton, Torcross, Stokenham).

July 2018 - February 2019

Local Chrysalis groups in these areas will be finalised and the co-design and making process begins.

Spring 2019

The finished Chrysalis Unit tours across South Devon celebrating the hands and imagination of all involved in its creation.

Please contact or call 07870 698333 about the Chrysalis project if you have information to share or would like to find out more.