Artist and Art Facilitator
Zara Lyness is a mixed media artist based in Pollen Studios and Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She makes performance work and sculptural objects, often combining both. Her practice progresses through play and repetition, autobiography, interaction and a lowering of barriers, allowing the viewer a space for recognition and dialogue. The value and significance of objects and materials, (implied and perceived), is an underlying motive in the forms she makes.
An important aspect of her work, both in solo and group projects, is to create a sense of inclusion for the viewer that encourages further investigation rather than disengaging the public.
As regular art workshop facilitator in R-Space at the Linen Rooms Gallery in Lisburn, Co Down, she encourages participants to play, without judgement, and give themselves permission to experiment.
After working across multiple industry sectors Zara Lyness went back to school and completed a BA Fine Art (Hons) in 2017 before joining Pollen Studio and Gallery. Awarded a Graduate Artist Residency the following year at Ulster University, Lyness achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority and developed her practice as an arts facilitator and curator for diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. She is currently undertaking post graduate study on the Belfast School of Art Fine Art Master's Degree.