Greater Côa Valley Artist Residency
Working closely with local communities in the Côa Valley, the ecological artist, Antony Lyons, and archaeologist, Bárbara Carvalho, will explore this impressive riverine landscape. Collaborative investigations by day and night aim to reveal the interwoven, entangled geographies of water, people, forests, animals, soil and stone. Embracing movement and fluidity, we will reflect on the spirit-of-place and layers of time – imagining futures where both biodiversity and communities can flourish. Our processes and resulting artworks will include acoustic field-recordings, diverse voices/memories, music-based data sonifications, photography and moving-image.
The project will culminate in a co-created ‘Wild Côa Symphony’. Involving the entire journey of the Côa River, the work will be an impressionistic video-sonic and poetic window into a place of healing and repair for people and ecologies. The resulting immersive experience will invite audiences to contemplate possible futures and to discover the multiple entangled flows of the Côa Valley bioregion.
This project has been established through the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize – a new collaboration between the Endangered Landscapes Programme and the CCI Arts, Science and Conservation Programme.
Antony Lyons is an ecological artist, working in transitional landscapes. Focusing on deep explorations of natural and cultural fluxes of knowledge, stories and inspirations, he seeks to activate fresh insights and connections. Lyons uses field-recordings, dialogues and archival sources to create film-poems and installations. He has frequently worked with rivers and coasts, as well as ecological recovery zones.
Bárbara Carvalho is an accredited archaeologist. She develops international research exchange programs in the archaeological and rewilding sites of the Côa Valley. These include the facilitation of community engagement programmes and participatory fieldwork. Carvalho works within ACÔA’s Memory Archive – an intergenerational project recording the intangible cultural heritage of the communities of the Côa Valley’ and has previously collaborated with Lyons on creative research and film-making as part of the international Heritage Futures programme.
The project is also supported by CCRI – Countryside and Community Research Institute and Arts Council England, and links to the wider ‘Here Commons Everybody’ initiative.