NOVA          Nova Creative Lab                                         AVON                                      

[ A Laboratory of Co-Created Fascinations and Eco-Social Activations  -  making stuff happen in the in-between ]

"In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora..." Ovid, Metamorphosis  "I have in mind shapes transformed to bodies strange..."

NOVA Creative Lab was established on the banks of the River Avon in Bristol in 2005 by environmental artist Antony Lyons  and operates as a co-creative extension to his solo ecological, geopoetic practice. Generally active in the UK, but also Ireland, and sometimes further afield.

Joining the dots, submerging in the flow, we go in search of new perspectives and unexpected combinations in the edge-lands of ecological and social settings. Here Commons Everybody: each jewel of Indra’s Net holds reflections of all the other jewels; from microcosm to macrocosm, every being is both a manifestation of the whole and inseparable from the whole. Solidarity and 'the commons' become unifying principles and open up channels of inspiration linking back to Gandhi's 'Satyagraha' activism and further back to 'The Diggers' of the 1500s, and all dreamers.

The Creative Lab approach is to critically explore entanglements between people, places and wider ecologies. In these times of collision of multiple global crises and 'wicked problems', our question are always: 'How do we co-create better futures?', 'How to harness imagination on the journey towards ecological justice? justice?... sustenance for all?' Methods range from practical incubations (involving design, sculpture, film, sound and music) to activist poetics and onwards to launching wilder flights of fantasy.

NOVA Creative Lab uses intuitive deep-mapping and fresh thinking to form connective tissue between: 

personal + political  |  urban + rural  |  real + imaginary  |  insider + outsider  |  facts + imagination  | simplicity + complexity

myth + history  |  pre-modern + contemporary  |  illumination + shadow  |  doing + talking  |  being + walking

The scope of NOVA Creative Lab activities includes: creative consultancy and research, place/culture/community explorations, imaginative land-use strategies + landscape/ecological-designs, enduring public artworks and ephemeral sculptural interventions. An offshoot - NOVA Formula is mainly concerned with co-production of documentary video and sonic works in eco-social settings.

NOVA Creative Lab collaborations (past & present) include: The Fantasy Orchestra, Lucy Izzard, Nick Hand/Letterpress Collective, Michael Malay, Kate Smith, Jon Pigott, Iain Biggs, Scott Farlow, Marcus Jefferies, Pandora Vaughan and Maggie Roe.