Zara Lyness Visual Artist

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Gallery of Solo and Group Performance Work

Cinderella Complex, 2018

Cinderella Complex

Framewerk Gallery, Belfast

24th March 2018


Solo Performance

Photographs by Dawn Richardson


Cinderella Complex

Tread carefully. Don’t put your foot in it. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Cinderella is a story of a girl controlled and exploited by her new family after the death of her mother. The Grimm version involves mutilation, denial and control. The need to fit in ruins some and independence is lost for others. 

Not a shoe and not a foot, these are the in-between traces left after many footsteps. As interactions and relationships mould how we develop over time, their presence leaves an indelible mark in our lives. There is plenty of advice to be had, encouraged or not.  We will find ourselves in unexpected circumstances. Trying to fit in, (or not,) we are affected by external forces. Perceiving ourselves through these reflections of others can influence our behaviour and make it difficult to have confidence sticking to our own convictions. Life is no fairytale


Boondocks III Performance Art Festival, 2017

Boondocks III

Ihme Centre Hanover

21st - 24th September 2017


The international exhibition project Boondocks III Hanover deepens the objectives of the Boondocks predecessors and the exhibition Urban Touch . The project directs the gaze into the center of the urban society, reflects on the restructuring and change of values ​​with media works and installations in the Kunsthalle Faust and performative and participatory actions in urban space, while at the same time examining the scope for action of the "public cause". Boondocks III 

Boondocks III intervenes in the no-mans- land between public and private territories in Hanover's urban wilderness, while allowing access to cultural uncharted territory.

Ihme Center (21.09.-24.09.2017)

Performance week of the group Bebyond (Sinead Breath to Cashell, Jayne Cherry, Colm Clarke, Mary Jane Connolly, Léann Herlihy, Zara Lyness, Hugh O'Donnell and Brian Patterson). Video works by Alexander Steig and Helmut Hennig. Group, single and open source performances

http://www.kulturzentrum-faust.de/veranstaltungen/september/23-09-17-boondocks-iii-hanover.html



'In Flux' Process and Duration, 2017 

'In Flux' Process and Duration

Glass Box Gallery, Ulster University

May 2017 - July 2017


Solo Performance and socially engaged events

Photographs by Meghan Downey


Initially intended as an installation, this performance work expanded to include the repeated re-arrangement of over 200 Parian porcelain bricks and conversations with members of the public. Talking about the origin of the bricks, some cast from the recently demolished Orpheus Building in Belfast, encouraged participants to share their stories and memories about the area, the barriers we encounter and how talking and sharing reduces misunderstanding and promotes friendship and communities.



Collect and Connect, 2017

Collect and Connect

Pollen Studios Belfast

Jan 2017


Solo Performance

Photographs by Jordan Hutchings


This performance combined elements of sculptural work and previous performance work. The theme linking the work is identity and that the recognition and reflection of ourselves in others opens a space where dialogue is possible and voices can be heard.



Cumulator 11, 2016

November Cumulator 

Group Performance

Void Gallery, Londonderry


7th November, 11 artists/11 hours in the Andres Serrano Exhibition in the Void Gallery. Artists James King, Siobhan Mullan, Brian Patterson, Mads Floor Anderson, Colm Clarke, Bea Didier, Marita Bullmann, Caroline Pugh, Cara Park, Patricia Doherty Roe.


This was the 11th in a series which began with 1 person performing for 1 hour and will end with 12 performing for 12 hours in December. The artists will be making individual actions and also collaborating together using materials, objects, voice, sound,  movements and stillness. Intuition, memory, perception :response to others and the spectators presence will be their guide. Photographs courtesy of Jordan Hutchings,. Julie Benson and Brian Connolly


Equinox to Equinox, 2016

Equinox to Equinox

Group Performance

Facilitated by BBeyond, Belfast


Part of the Performance Art Day, Same Difference. The Performance Art Day involved approximately 120+ artists from 30+ worldwide organisations and locations from New Zealand to British Colombia.

Photography courtesy of Jordan Hutchings.

Cumulator 9, 2016

September Cumulator

Group Performance

Pollen Studios


 On 8th September 9 artists performed for 9 hours hosted by Pollen Studios, Belfast. Artists in Belfast James King, Christoph Gillen, Jayne Cherry, Jagoda Kiciak. Paul King, Valerie Whitworth and Zara Lyness. Participating in Ukraine, Marita Bullmann.

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This was the 9th in a series which began with 1 person performing for 1 hour and will end with 12 performing for 12 hours in December. The artists will be making individual actions and also collaborating together using materials, objects, voice, sound,  movements and stillness. Intuition, memory, perception :response to others and the spectators presence will be their guide. Photographs courtesy of Jordan Hutchings.

Does Belief Hold Water, 2016

Does Belief Hold Water 

Eastside 20/20 Arts Festival

The Engine Room Gallery, Newtownards Road


As part of the Eastside 20/20 Festival Creative Exchange Studios invited the BBeyond monthly performance to The Engine Room Gallery where the studio exhibition was hosted.

Our intervention in a public space included welcome participation from some enthusiastic spectators.

Photographs courtesy of Jordan Hutchings and Lesley Cherry.


I Have A Voice, 2016

I Have A Voice

Solo performance action

Sephour 06 Exhibition

Catalyst Arts, 2016


The bells for the Silent Witness exhibition were created using a plaster mould.  During an artist talk in Catalyst I performed the action signifying the emergence of a voice after the creation and installation of the mute bells. The installation contained inherited objects. The hammer used to fracture the mould was also an inherited object.

Run to the Hills, 2015

Run To The Hills

Curated by Amanda Coogan

Belfast International Arts Festival

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2015


Collaboration for a work in progress showcasing early results of Amanda Coogan's research into a new work exploring aspects of Shakespeare’s legacy and inspired by a recent visit to Cape Town in South Africa, which will premiere in Festival 2016


BIFPA 15, Helge Meyer Workshop Presentation

Helge Meyer Workshop Presentation

Pollen Studios, Belfast, 2015


As part of the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2015 I took part in a performance workshop held by Black International Inc artist Helge Meyer.


After the week long workshop we presented a group performance on the last day of the festival.

Mask (2), 2015

MASK (2)

Orpheus Building, Belfast, 2015


Solo performance.


Self image and projection. This theme developed into a performance investigating how we present ourselves in public. From the feet up we are met with public gaze wherever we go.


14 days worth of make up and footwear applied and chosen in one 2 1/2 hour session.