Here Commons Everybody


Ecological recovery: land, shared commons and community

Reflections, undercurrents and new pathways

Videosonic explorations and compositions

UK & international


Working closely with:

CCRI - Countryside and Community Research Institute (UK, co-funder)

The Letterpress Collective & Nick Hand (Bristol; socially-engaged print studio)

Jesse D Vernon (Morning Star) composer, musician, conductor (Bristol&Paris)

Situations, explorations and locations include:

Bristol: Community food/ecology group

Knepp Wildland (rewilding)

Forests and coasts via the Satoyama Initiative & Satoumi, Japan

Rewilding in the Greater Côa Valley, Portugal

Exmoor (Molland Moor)

Upland sites in Wales

Historical practices in Ireland (Meitheal, Turbary, Land League legacies)

with others to be added.

The primary funder is Arts Council England

Antony Lyons is an environmental artist and creative researcher based in Bristol, UK. His video, sonic and sculptural works engage with ecological, social and landscape futures. Creative 'geopoetic' responses are based on long-term deep connections with territories in-flux, focusing on positive coexistence and eco-social healing.

New stories, new voices:

In this project, he is reactivating a previous association with the CCRI - as ‘artist-in-dialogue’ - addressing braided themes of ‘shared eco-commons’, sustenance, ecosystem recovery and restorative agriculture. Bridging diverse perspectives and agendas, the focus ranges from the deeply local to global interactions. Localization and re-connection are core themes.

Planned outputs include a series of individual ‘film portrait’ stories; a creative documentary; podcast and work/play-shops with young people.

A second phase of the project will include the development of a videosonic 'symphony from the eco-commons'.

The project is investigating and assembling material in 3 connected clusters:

  1. 1. Reflecting & Remembering

Diverse personal cross-cultural stories and reflections (with invited participants) on perception of home, commons, migration, community, freedom, protection, belonging, in-between-ness etc. Production of a series of short films, forming individual subjective 'film portraits'.

  1. 2. Learning & Sharing

Creative dialogues with academics, ecologists, activists and others, producing an assemblage of imaginative responses to inspirational international models, solutions, indigenous knowledge and grassroots movements. Cultural practices & landscapes; community management of resources (co-operation and anti-monopoly resistance); adaptations to land abandonment; agro-ecology, regenerative agriculture, conservation, rewilding and the multi-species commons; linkagess to folk traditions (via music, song, poetry).

  1. 3. Imagination, Mystery, Flow

Speculative videosonic explorations of connection/togetherness and disconnection/  alienation - via concepts of dark ecology, deep-time, entanglement, collective unconscious (symbolism, psyche, shamanistic, animistic), liminality etc. This aspect of the project is anchored in a specific landscape - Orford Ness (Suffolk), site of an artist residency by Antony Lyons in 2018-9 (Sensitive Chaos).

Observations and provocations based on symbiosis, ecological awareness and historical perspectives are interwoven throughout, as is an interest in the dynamics between city, countryside and the 'in-between' (or peri-urban). In all three strands, the aim is to venture beyond the rational and perceptual, allowing space for the emotional, affective and imaginative registers. The geopoetics of art and science.





Project sponsors