antony lyons

~ artist; creative ecological explorations and interpretations

~ video+sonic+photo installations and geopoetic assemblages

~ active, emergent dialogues with communities, landscapes, eco-scapes & work-scapes

~ experimental visual poems & creative documentaries

~ deep-mapping & kinaesthetics

~ seeing the familiar in a new light ('ostranenie')

[ PROJECTS ]

2004-2021  

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

[ THE NEW IMAGINARIUM ]

Recent meshes of cultural and ecological recovery: landscapes, biota, communities, commons, 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]

LOUGH GUR NEXUS

* LINK /CONTENT TO BE ADDED *

Deep Mapping, Geopoetic Slow Residency. Ireland, ongoing

Amuigh Faoin Spéir

* LINK/CONTENT TO BE ADDED *

Public Art Commission

Dooish School, Donegal (Ire) 2011

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

SPIKE NEXUS

(work in progress)

[ 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, SUDS etc

eco-design, 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

"It's not easy to see things in the middle, rather than looking down on them from above or up at them from below, or from left to right or right to left: try it, you'll see that everything changes."

Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

PEAT-Land-ings

Creative Research, in progress

more details soon

Many of my projects are explorations of ecology, places/habitats and nature-culture flows. Working in transitional landscapes that are experiencing environmental and social changes, my interests lie in activating fresh insights, understandings and possibilities. Sites and situations include the liminal water landscapes of rivers and coasts, the shared commons, routes/journeys/migrations, (re)wilding and ecological restoration areas. My eco-social projects are often collaborations and partnerships, harnessing the dynamic between 'insider' and 'outsider' perspectives to weave together past, present and future imaginations. Co-creation with musicians and poets forms a key aspect.


With a background in eco/geo-sciences and landscape studies, my creative practice is a hybrid geopoetic one, 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, power, stories and metaphor. Research and production methods rely on extensive on-the-ground site explorations, conversations and the assembling of field-recordings, sculptural materials, archives, and other findings. Resulting works include film-poems, sound and sculptural installations, developed in the context of artist-in-residence (or artist-in-dialogue) commissions. In the fields of heritage, geography and environmental humanities, I have also worked extensively with academic teams, experimenting with the braiding of artistic and more formal research strategies.

Some projects 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

Linked to 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_24_link_0

LONG EXPOSURE & Ten Acres of Sound

Artist Residency, Elan Valley, Wales, 2020-21

& participation in Ten Acres Of Sound, Birmingham, 2020

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

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