Here Commons Everybody


Ecological recovery: land, shared commons and coexistence

Reflections, undercurrents and new pathways

Videosonic explorations and compositions

UK & international programme


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)


Connected to a new artist-residency project in Portugal, supported by the Endangered Landscapes Programme & Rewilding Portugal.

Situations, explorations and locations include:

Bristol: Community food/ecology group

Forests and coasts via the Satoyama Initiative & Satoumi, Japan

Regional rewilding in the Greater Côa Valley, Portugal

Knepp Wildland (rewilding & farming)

Exmoor (Molland Moor)

Upland sites in Wales (connected artist-residency with Elan Links)

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

with others to be added.

The primary funder is Arts Council England

Lead artist, 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. Cross-Cultural 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, rewilding and the multi-species commons; linkages 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 specific landscape settings:

- Orford Ness (Suffolk), site of an artist residency by Lyons in 2018-9 (Sensitive Chaos).

- Cornwall Clay-mining zone, site of an artist residency by Lyons in 2018 (Limbo Landscape Lab)

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.





Other project sponsors and associates