The New School House Gallery, York

lyons halflight Michael Lyons is a major figure in British sculpture, whose career has spanned over 40 years. His practice ranges from steel construction to organic bronzes modelled on an intimate or monumental scale. Through abstract forms, Lyons’ sculpture draws on aspects of nature, cosmology, myth and ancient cultures.

The current exhibition, ‘Half-Light’, brings together sculptures from the 1980s to the present with drawings and prints, some of which were completed during a residency at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in 1984. At the heart of ‘Half-Light’ is the forest: suffused with mystery, it is a liminal space of infinite possibility. As Michael Lyons notes: ‘‘Half-Light’ can refer to the black and white emphasis of the drawings, the play of shadows beneath the trees and, indeed, to events glimpsed or imagined in the depth of the forest.’

A volume of reflections and commentary has been published to accompany the exhibition.

About The New School House Gallery

Paula Jackson and Robert Teed co-founded The New School House Gallery in 2009 and are joint directors. Together they have curated over 30 exhibitions and projects across a range of disciplines and media. ‘The 21st century curator is a catalyst – a bridge between the local and the global… The possibility of enlightenment comes from embracing chance’ (Hans Ulrich Obrist).


The New School House Gallery, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW
Tel: 01904 653603/07766 656030
Twitter: @schoolhousegall

Opening times: Wed-Thur, 12-4pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm; other times by appointment.

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