NOVA          Nova Creative Lab                                         AVON                                      

[ A Laboratory of Co-Creation 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 [originally 'The Nova Group'] was established on the banks of the River Avon in Bristol, UK in 2005 by a group of artists wishing to catalyse innovative cross-disciplinary projects. The approach is collaborative and ecological.

Methods range from practical incubations (involving design, sculpture, film, sound and music) to activist poetics and wilder flights of fantasy.

The Nova 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 might we co-create better futures?', 'How can we harness imagination on the journey towards ecological justice? justice?... sustenance for all?'

Tuning-in, 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.

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: Antony Lyons (co-founder), The Fantasy Orchestra, Lucy Izzard, Nick Hand/Letterpress Collective, Michael Malay, Kate Smith, Jon Pigott, Iain Biggs, Scott Farlow, Marcus Jefferies, Pandora Vaughan (co-founder), Maggie Roe and Bárbara Carvalho/Memory Archive.