antony lyons

~ environmental artist, based in the UK and Ireland

~ creative involvements with places of ecological and social recovery

~ video-sonic installations and geopoetic works

~ organic, emergent dialogues with communities and participants

~ film-poems and creative documentaries

~ deep-mapping, kinaesthetics and ecological kinships

[ PROJECTS ]

2004-2021  

JOURNAL 
blog postshttp://antonylyons.blogspot.com/

[ LANDSCAPES IN BETWEEN ]

Meshes of cultural and ecological transition and recovery: landscapes, biota, communities, tangible & intangible heritage

DISPLACEMENT-EXTRACTION

Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, 2008

QUANTOCK DREAMING

Creative Slow Residency, Quantock Hills, Somerset (Eng), 2007-8

collaboration with poet, Ralph Hoyte

GREEN RIBBONS Network

Sheffield (Eng) 2009-10

Creativity Strategy for

Urban Regeneration

[A NOVA Creative Lab  project]

SPOON-LAND

UWE Gallery

Bristol, UK 2008

part of Group Show

THE BOGLE Experience (Silver Path)

Site-Specific Installation & Performance

Grizedale Forest & Sculpture Trail, Cumbria (Eng), 2004

PARK-LAND

Sheffield (Eng), 2011, Public Art Works

[A NOVA Creative Lab project, linked to Green Ribbons Network]

ELEVENMINUTES Urban Sculpture Trail

Bristol, 2006

(a NOVA Creative Lab project)

DARWIN 200 Geo-Garden

Competition Runner-Up Entry

Shrewsbury (Eng), 2008

[a NOVA Creative Lab project]

SOTE - Competition

Lincolnshire Coast (Eng), 2011

[a NOVA Creative Lab project]

LOVELY WEATHER

Slow Residency/ Deep Mapping (Climate Change)

Donegal, Ireland 2010-11

[ ALIVENESS MACHINES ]

landscapes+datascapes+ecology

[ WEATHER-PROOFS ]

land, climate + deep-time geopoetics

CONFLUENCE Project

Ecology, Technology, Community, Schools

UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve, 2011-12. Collaboration

"Our knowledge of nature and how it works is based on observations. What if we can't see everything? What might we be missing out on? There could be a 'hidden world' out there"


James Wells, CERN, on the search for the Higgs bosun

RIVER FROME GREENWAY

Urban cycle route transformation, Bristol, 2011 (direction/imagineer)

ECO-DESIGNS, WATER, SUDS etc

eco-design, nature-based solutions, eco-consultancy, writings

SALT-Land-ings

Creative Research

Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall (Eng), 2012

& ongoing interest

[ ECO-DESIGN:

PLACE + LANDSCAPE ]

[ SLOW TRACKS + PATHWAYS ]

movements, journeys, entanglements

SACRED WAYS - SACRED WATERS

Geopoetic sound-work/intermedia residency at Binaural-Nodar, Portugal, 2013

Rural Arts

CO-CREATIVE COLLECTIVES

[ NOVA Creative Lab ]

new perspectives, recombinations, collaborations, liminal settings and sonic alchemies

[ DEISEAL ]

Ireland - ancient echoes : new vibes

[ OUT OF PLACE ]

layerings, mappings, delvings, fossickings

PEAT-Land-ings

Creative Research, in progress

more details soon

My projects are deep explorations of places, ecologies and nature-culture dynamics. Often working in the contexts of ‘transitions' in landscapes experiencing environmental and social changes, my interests lie in activating fresh insights, understandings and possibilities. I am drawn to the liminal water landscapes of rivers and coasts, the shared eco-commons, routes/journeys/pathways, (re)wilding situations and ecological restoration areas. My projects are usually collaborations and partnerships - conversations between 'insider' and 'outsider' perspectives that weave together past, present and future imaginations. I describe my practice as ‘geopoetic’. Co-creation with musicians and poets is a key feature.


With a background in eco/geo-sciences and landscape studies, my creative practice has a hybrid quality, braiding art and science approaches. Concepts of flow and deep-time are central, as is the importance of cross-cultural and intergenerational exchange - fluxes of knowledge, stories and metaphor. Research and production methods rely on extensive on-the-ground sensing, absorbing and then assembling field-recordings, sculptural materials, archives, and other findings. Resulting works can include film-poems, sound works and installation spaces, usually developed in the context of artist-in-residence situations. Creative research and writings also play a big part. I frequently collaborate with academic research teams, experimenting with transdisciplinary braidings of artistic and more formal research strategies.

Some collaborations are carried out in the context of the NOVA Creative Lab

LIMBO LANDSCAPE LAB 1

CLAY-Land-ing

Creative Research Residency & installation

Wheal Martyn Museum, Cornwall, 2018

HERITAGE FUTURES

Lead Artist - Senior Creative Fellow

International, 2015-2019

Creative research, documentation, residencies

LIMBO LANDSCAPE LAB 2

SENSITIVE CHAOS, Orford Ness

Artist residency & installation works

National Trust & Heritage Futures, 2019

RIVER SHANNON FLEETS

Creative Research, Public Art Sculptural Works, Limerick County (Ire), 2010  (a Deiseal project)

COLORADO RIVER CONJECTURES

Exploratory Creative-Research Residency

& video works, Grand Canyon, USA, 2011

[ WATER DREAMINGS ]

flows, visual poetics and eco-cultural explorations

TRANSGRESSION (Rising Waters)

An evolving film-poem project, 2015-19

Part of the 'Submerged (Drowned Lands)'project

WILD WATERS, HIDDEN WATERS & HYDROCITIZENSHIP

Lead Artist, creative research

AHRC & Nova Creative Lab/Bristol

SUBMERGED (Drowned Lands): A Long View

Collaborative research for installation works

in the Somerset Levels, England

SABRINA DREAMING (Severn Estuary Tidelands)

Creative-Research Artist Residency, with CCRI,

University of Gloucestershire (Eng), 2014-16

TIDAL TWINNING International Exchange Network 
Severn Estuary (Eng) + Wadden Sea (NL)
2012-17: Coastal artistic and academic network
Participant artisthttps://tidalcultures.wordpress.com/workshop-3/https://tidalcultures.wordpress.com/workshop-3/shapeimage_21_link_0

Ten Acres of Sound

Participation in the 'Ten Acres Of Sound' Festival, Birmingham in 2020. 'Also Listening With My Eyes' installation (based on Elan Valley artist residency)

MOVING IMAGE 
video-sonicshttps://vimeo.com/novadada
IN PRINT 
publicationsenquiry.html

Detail from print-on-fabric installation work - Quantock Dreaming, 2008

[ new programme:

HERE COMMONS EVERYBODY ]

Land Futures+Eco-Commons partnership projects, 2021-22

HERE COMMONS EVERYBODY

Working with multiple partners and locations. Co-funded by CCRI and Arts Council England. Themes of culture, ecology and land equity.

SOUNDWORKS 
Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/novaformula

LONG EXPOSURE: ELAN VALLEY

Artist-residency hosted by the Elan Links heritage programme. Four season investigations of land, water, farming, ecology, dams, pipes and more.

COA VALLEY REWILDING

Artist-residency hosted by Rewilding Portugal and the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Investigations in preparation for a video-sonic 'Wild Coa Symphony'.