The Project

Working closely with local communities in the Côa Valley, the ecological artist, Antony Lyons, and archaeologist, Bárbara Carvalho, will explore this rich riverine landscape. Collaborative investigations by day and night will aim to uncover the woven geographies of water, people, forests, animals, soil and stone. Participatory tracking, characterised by movement and fluidity, will reflect on the nature of pathways and time – imagining futures where both biodiversity and communities can flourish. Our processes and resulting artworks will include acoustic field-recordings, diverse voices, music, song, poetry, data sonifications and moving-image.

These experiences will culminate in a co-created ‘Wild Côa Symphony’ – an imaginative video-sonic work which will be a 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 geo/biosphere.

The Artists

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 co-funded by CCRI – Countryside and Community Research Institute and Arts Council England.

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