Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce Ruth E. Lyons as the recipient of TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange, 2020.

Now in its 14th year, this international residency exchange gives an Irish artist a superb opportunity to spend three months at HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme. The selected artist has access to production facilities, visiting curators and an international network of artists. In return, TBG+S hosts a Finnish artist in Dublin for two months, funded by the Finnish Institute London. This residency will take place in July/August 2020, and the successful artist will be selected through a publicly advertised Open Call.

Ruth E. Lyons' work is primarily in large-scale sculpture and the creation of public works that intervene in landscape. With a particular interest in landscape and deep time, her work engages with the spectrum of human engagement with landscape throughout history and the incredible forms that this has resulted in from megalithic monuments to the underground cavities of contemporary mines. Inspired by an anthropological perspective she considers what these constructed forms might say about the spiritual dimension of people. She is interested in how her work can reach new and incidental audiences, and how it might endure and resonate over time.

Ruth E. Lyons is currently engaged in an on-going commission, Salarium 230 million AD-2023 with EUSalt association. In 2019 she completed a Public Art Commission for Colaiste Raithin, Bray, Co. Wicklow, and a permanent commission for the IDA Ireland. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and internationally, and recently participated in group exhibitions including, In the Age of Conscious Makers, NCAD Gallery Dublin, (2019); Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland (2019) and Borderlines, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2019).