Takes place in September, Murrays Monument, A712 Dumfries and Galloway DG8 7BL

The Dark Star Lounge
The Dark Star Lounge

Sanctuary is a 24-hour site-specific public art event that explores what happens when environment, art, technology, science and culture meet. Sanctuary creates an experimental space for new work ranging from performance and light installations to sound works, video projections and radio transmissions. Artists and members of the public come together for 24 hours to form a temporary community within the Galloway Dark Skies Park in Dumfries and Galloway. The combination of the landscape, the art and the people make this a unique event and we’re looking forward to meeting you at Sanctuary in the future.

Massive thanks to all who came to the 2015 event, and all who contributed work, time and energy. A great night, beautiful weather, good chat, great atmosphere, stunning site. Theres a gallery of images at http://sanctuary2015.org/gallery-2015/ and more Images at https://www.facebook.com/sanctuarylab. Entropy Lure has been documented and is at https://vimeo.com/141167952 Chris Dooks performance is at https://chrisdooks.bandcamp.com/album/shellackplatten-quintet-live-2015 and ARW by Thibault Autheman https://soundcloud.com/flux-agency/arwsanctuary2015

In 2016 Sanctuary will be going ‘Into the Dark’ and taking a year off from the event to incubate ideas. We will be back in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you then. If you’d like to be involved in Sanctuary 2017 as an artist, volunteer or supporter, please e mail us at sanctuarylab@gmx.com

Sanctuary : Exploring light, dark, landscape and place:

The Galloway Dark Skies Park is a specially designated area that is low in light pollution and Sanctuary takes place within the park. Remote, beautiful and mostly ‘electronically dark’, It is a sanctuary from both light pollution and world wide connectedness. Please see drop down menu at top of page for 2015 programme and artists.

“One of the great things about this event is the interaction, the unplanned, unexpected meetings and conversations that lead to exciting new combinations of ideas and concepts, new synergies” Ben Ponton. Sound artist – Sanctuary 2014

  • Dark/Light:
    Sanctuary explores darkness and light in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park with installations and performance, using both visible and non visible elements of the light spectrum.
  • Making New Connections: Exploring electronic darkness:
    Much of the Dark Skies Park is ‘electronically’ dark and disconnected from the outside world. There is a new form of darkness here where we are invisible to communication networks and where what we do and where we are is unknown. At Sanctuary we create an experimental space to investigate ideas about our relationship with technology, however Sanctuary is not about switching off devices, it is about journeying to a landscape beyond the networks reach and exploring the possibilities that are available in this new form of darkness… Welcome. You don’t exist anywhere else.
  • The Dark Outside FM radio broadcast:A key element of Sanctuary is The Dark Outside FM radio broadcast. Sound artist Frenchbloke, curates 24 hours of previously unheard music and sound donated exclusively for The Dark Outside FM by musicians and producers from all over the world. The site-specific transmission is of specially composed work, forgotten recordings and alternate versions of existing work, none of which had been heard in public before and which are deleted after the event.  See The Dark Outside FM

Bring a Radio


”If you’ve never experienced the sound of hundreds of different kinds of radios covering slightly different frequencies all playing the same thing then you are in for a treat” Frenchbloke. Curator, The Dark Outside FM.




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 Background information on Sanctuary

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Supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland