John Lyons (b. )


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Windrush Award Winner, Arts Achiever of the Year 2003
Co-Founder: Hourglass Studio Gallery
Member of the Board of Trustees
Hourglass Educational Arts Development Services: HEADS from 2004 to 2010

Education:
1959-64 – Goldsmiths’ College, School of Art, London.
1964-65 – Art Education Department, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Professional memberships:
International Association of Art
Ovenden Contemporary Arts
Founder member of CAM (Cambridge Arts Movement)

Professional positions:
2004 – 2010 Trustee Member of the Board of Hourglass Educational Arts Development Services
1998-2004 – Director, Hourgass Studio Gallery
2000 – Adjudicator Co-operative Insurance Christmas card competition
1994-2002 – Member of the Board of Directors, AXIS Visual Arts Information Service
1994 – External Assessor, BA Hons in Cultural Studies, Norwich School of Art and Design
1994 – Adjudicator, British Council Children’s International Painting Competition
1994 – Adjudicator for W. H. Smiths Illustration Awards to Schools, John Moores University, Liverpool
1991-92 – Member of the Board of Directors, Nia Centre
1991 – Selector for Dub Transition, an exhibition of work by Denzil Forrester, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
1991 – Selector for the Nottingham Open Exhibition
1989 – Advisor to Young Contemporaries Exhibition Company
1988 – Adjudicator for the Young Artist Award, Whitechapel Art Gallery London
1987 – Selector for the exhibition, Double Vision, Cartwright Hall Bradford
1987-89 – External purchaser for the Arts Council National Collection

Exhibitions:

I have been exhibiting since the early sixties: From 1972, thirty-three mixed / group exhibitions and fifteen solo exhibitions. The following is a selection of the most recent:

Solo

2010 – Selected Retrospective from 1964 to 1984, Williams Art Cambridge
2009 – Chimera, Needhams Restaurant and Art Gallery
2006 – Diorama Art Centre Gallery, London.
2005 – 3Cups Gallery Ely, Cambridgeshire
2002 – ‘In the Terrain of the Psyche’ Hourglass Studio Gallery, Hebden Bridge
2000 – Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
1999 – ‘Ovation’, Rochdale Art Gallery
1998 – ‘Daydreaming’, Lawrence Batley Gallery, West Bretton
1997 – ‘Mythopoeia’ a major touring exhibition from Wrexham Art Centre.
1992-94 – Behind The Carnival; a major touring exhibition Huddersfield Art Gallery.
1994 – Galway Arts Centre, Republic of Ireland.
1991 – Castle Museum Nottingham.
1990 – Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Mixed / group

2010 – Art To Die For, CAM at Williams Art Cambridge
2009 – Ever After The Honey, Clare Hall, Cambridge University
2009 – Ovenden Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, The Old Palace, Ely
2009 – Hills Roadf Exhibition, Cambridge
2007 – Upper Gallery, Home Affairs, Cambridge Open Studios Artists
1998 – ‘Evocation’: Hourglass Studio Gallery.
1995 – Caribbean Connections, Islington Art Factory, London.
1990 – ‘Let The Canvas Come To Life With Dark Faces’ Arts Council sponsored touring exhibition.
1989 – Jouvert Print Exhibition. The Paddington Print Project, a major touring exhibition.
1988 – Plotting The Course. Arts Council sponsored touring exhibition.
1986 – Caribbean Expressions in Britain, Leicester Art Gallery.
1982 – The Hayward Annual, South Bank, London.
1982 – Edison Galerie, The Hague, Holland.
1979 – Galerie du Musee des Duncans, Paris.

Publications:

2009 – Self. Self-portraits from around the world. Beautiful Cariad Publishing
2001 – responses: intercultural drawing practice, Centre for Art International Research, Liverpool University
1998 – The Dictionary of Artists in Britain 1945-1998, David Buckman
1998 – The Art Pack, History of Black Artists in Britain, Haringey Arts Council
1997 – Intermediate GNVQ Art & Design, MacMillan
1997 – Black Art, Plotting the Course, Exhibition Catalogue

Selected Workshops:

2009 – Firstsite Art Bus, Colchester
2007 – Barns Young People’s Forum, Community Centre, Barns Estate, Ely
2005 – Art Workshops: Sutton, Wilburton, Witchford and Harbour schools, funded by ADEC.
2003 – Carnival Workshops, Youth Bank, Rochdale
2003 – The Carnival of Chairs, ‘Local Children Network. Calderdale Community Foundation.
2002 – M6 Theatre Company at Hamer School: permanent 3-D sculpture: collaborative process between artist and pupils
2002 – Belgrave Infant School, Chester, Words and painting
2002 – Shade School, Todmorden, Masking-making workshop
2002 – Mixenden Community Drawing on the Earth Project
2001 – Mixenden Community School holidays, painting workshop
2001 – Ossette School, Wakesfield, Carnival Costume making workshop
2001 – Year of the Artist Residency, Stubbings School, Lancashire
1997 – Paula Rego Exhibition, Tate Gallery Liverpool.
1995 – Vital, Tate Gallery, Liverpool.
1994 – Africa Explores, Tate Gallery Liverpool.
1994 – Artist in Residence, Rush Common County Primary,Oxford.
1993 – Community Artist in Residence for the Tate GalleryLiverpool.
1993 – David Tremlett Exhibition, Cornerhouse Manchester.
1992 – Russel Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth.
1992 – Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art and Design John Moores University, Liverpool.

Radio Broadcasts:

Community Artist in Residence with Joseph Beuys exhibition at the Tate Gallery Liverpool and Liverpool carnival 1993.
BBC World Service, Meridian programme on Africa Explores.

Television appearances:

1998 – BBC Television, ‘Windrush’ 50 commemorative programme
1997 – HTV Wales, Preview on Mythopoeia
1994 – ‘Lush Life’; Celebration film series, Granada Television
1990 – The New; Granada Television
1989 – Jouvert Print Exhibition. Ch.4 Box Office
1989 – Plotting The Course exhibition, Late Night Show BBC 2

Public collections:

RochdaleArt Gallery. Huddersfield Art Gallery. Victoria and Albert Word and Image Print Collection. Arts Council National Collection.

Private collections:

In England, France, Holland, United States and Switzerland.

From 1987 I have been involved with a number of visual art activities. They include, designing the stage set for the play ‘Empire’ at the Abraham Moss Community Theatre; art lectures and seminars at art galleries and educational establishments, including Cornerhouse, Manchester, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, John Moores University, Liverpool and the Metropolitan University, Manchester. I have also written feature articles on visual art and on art criticism for magazines; eg., Bazaar and The Artful Reporter ( a North West arts magazine, in the 80’s). My visual art writings also include exhibition catalogue essays for the following: Dub Transition, a major touring exhibition of the work of Denzil Forrester; Jouvert Print Exhibition and Tony Phillips’ ‘Jazz and The Twentieth Century’.


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