Zara Lyness Visual Artist

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Current projects and events

Engage Studios, Galway: Exhibition title Where are you lost, we are Sidhe

Particpating artists: Monique Blom, Zara Lyness, Ilaria Pellizarro,  Anushiya Sundaralingam, and Ruby Wallis. Curator: Moran Been-noon.

The Expanded Studio Project is an exciting and nationally significant studio exchange programme proposed between a group of Belfast based artists and a group of Nottingham based artists at Primary Studios. The Belfast group includes artist members from Pollen, Creative Exchange, QSS, Vault, Array and Flax Art Studios. The collaborating artists with take part in a presentation exhibition in PS2 in Belfast in August followed by and event in Nottingham in September.

What I do...

I make performance and sculptural objects, often combining both. The value and significance of objects and materials, (implied and perceived), is an underlying motive in the forms I make. My practice progresses through play and repetition, autobiography, interaction and a lowering of barriers, enabling recognition with a viewer and a space for dialogue. 

My interest in time, memory, connections and relationships has influenced my interdisciplinary methods. By sharing recognised symbols and stories we connect, accessing our own history to make sense of new experiences. I intend my work to invite a response on literal and abstract planes. I engage with some work over long periods of time through the application of processes, incorporating narrative, memory, personal histories and stories. My material choices include fragility, absurdity, what is precious and refining techniques. I hope to identify with others, creating a space that encourages investigation into different art forms and practices.

Play is an important aspect of my process. Always learning, I work with a diverse range of materials, constantly evolving, resolving and evolving. From whole to deteriorating forms, action and being, diverse materials, I hope to convey a sense of time, presence and a link to memories. Through recognition and recollection we create connections and from there a conversation starts.


I am a founder member of Artistslegup and co-curator and administrator at Goose Lane Gallery. Artistslegup is a voluntary project providing exhibition opportunities for emerging artists. This project has been running since December 2015 and will be temporarily closed for repairs from April 2019.


As an active member and secretary of Pollen Studios and Gallery, I work towards improving the visibility of the organisation. We aim to provide an open and accessible space to all art forms. Pollen works with an international network of artists and collaborators dedicated to promoting performance and life art.