Jo Hodges is a multidisciplinary public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
with a background in Human Ecology, community development and social justice.
Her work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes and relationships, and explores new strategies for working in public. Her practice takes many forms; temporary and permanent works, site specific installations and socially engaged projects and processes. She is often led by context, where the outcome is determined as a result of process.
She is interested in research, experimentation and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture and technology and exploring the role of art in social change. She is joint Director-Curator of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.
Sanctuary 2021:SPOOR is coming to life with all the artists in place.
We invite you to discover adventurous, participatory artworks that uncover layers of place through participatory investigations, performance and sound. SPOOR focusses on exploring the site to discover artworks that are dispersed, camouflaged and need to be tracked and uncovered.
Please note: This year Sanctuary is a day/early evening event. Facilities will be minimal so please bring everything you need to keep warm, dry, fed and watered. Please see the information under the Sanctuary 2021 drop down menu.
The next iteration of Sanctuary will take place 25th and 26th September 2021 and this year will be a smaller event with artworks dispersed across the site which audiences can visit and explore during the day/early evening.
Sanctuary is offering a commission for an adventurous new work specifically for a young artist or artist collective from Dumfries and Galloway. More information HERE. Deadline 5pm 19th July.
Looking forward to getting your ideas!
Information about other commissions for the event can be found HERE. Deadline 5pm 19th July
We’re excited to announce that Sanctuary will be happening this year! Sanctuary 2021: SPOOR will be a smaller event for day visitors over the weekend of 25th and 26th September. It will take place at the same stunning site at Talnotry in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park and artworks will be dispersed across the site encouraging audiences to ‘sense and seek’ to discover the works.
We will be commissioning new artworks for the event and there are currently open calls out for proposals. See further information HERE. Deadline 19th July
One commission is specifically for a young artist or artist collective from Dumfries and Galloway. Information HERE. Deadline 19th July.
Call out for ideas for labs, hacks, experiments, participatory artworks, talks, walks, workshops, games and investigations that explore themes of light, dark, remoteness, networks and connections, place, senses, technology and environment for Sanctuary 2020: Handheld.
Sanctuary is a unique 24-hour public art event exploring darkness, technology and place in the stunning landscape of the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park. The event is a laboratory for off grid experimentation and brings together artists and audiences with an interest in place, creative participatory experimentation and open conversations. The site is remote, not just from population centres but also from communication and power networks. This remoteness gives artists and visitors the space to consider both the environment and the absence of pervasive contemporary technologies – exploring what is possible by being present in an unconnected place.
The next Sanctuary event will be smaller and we will also be changing the scale of the artworks. We will be commissioning artworks, performances and experiences that are handheld i.e can be carried to Sanctuary by a single person. We are interested in ideas that are intimate or networked – that might move between us as a single entity or touch us all simultaneously. Artists will need to think about how their work responds to and interacts with the site and how to connect with both the human and more-than-human elements present. We are also interested in proposals for talks and are happy to facilitate open conversations that respond to any of the themes of Sanctuary.
Sanctuary takes place on September 19th and 20th 2020 and will be shaped by the ideas we receive. At this stage we are looking for outline ideas; please e mail these to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently waiting on the outcome of funding bids so financial support for successful submissions will be confirmed at a later date. Deadline for submission of ideas 7th February 5pm
NB Sanctuary is off grid so there are limitations on power available – we see this as an opportunity. Sanctuary takes place in a Dark Skies Park so visible light should be kept to a minimum.
Please get in touch at email@example.com if you need more information. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you 🙂
R—each is an exciting new project for Sanctuary 2017. It’s an online portal that collects creative online contributions from around the world which are then used to create an offline artwork at Sanctuary. R—each will go offline for 24 hours from Noon on 23rd September. In order to witness the offline work you must travel to Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park to be present.
This year artist Tim Shaw will be using your contributions to make a new work at Sanctuary: Going Dark so please get involved and send your contributins via the R—each portal.
Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness is an exploration of what it is to be women, alone, in darkness, in self defined ideas of wilderness, real and imagined.
The spoken word performance of the piece will happen at varying points of shelter, observation and darkness and will reflect the complex layers of the thoughts of women on their place in the world when outside.
SANCTUARY Lab is offering two opportunities for young people to create experimental work for this year’s event – 23rd/24th September 2017
The opportunity is open to young people (artists or anyone with a creative idea for the event aged 18 – 25) who are based in, or from Dumfries and Galloway. We are open to ideas across all art forms; visual art, performance, literature, digital media or anything else that engages with the site and audience. We are looking for an approach that fits into the ethos of Sanctuary and adds something extra to the experience of the event. We have no preconceptions about the form the work might take – surprise us!
For each commissioned idea: £1000 inclusive of fee, materials, travel and expenses.
Sanctuary 2017 is offering a commission for an artist or artists to undertake a creative evaluation of this year’s event.
We are seeking proposals for innovative strategies for the collection of information/material onsite that allows us insight into the journey and experience of the Sanctuary audience and artists. The process of engaging with the audience and artists is as much part of the artwork as the final outcome and the information gathered.
Budget – £1000 inclusive of fee, materials, travel and expenses. Submission deadline: 5pm 4th August 2017
Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park
Talnotry, Nr Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway DG8 7BL
Deeper – Darker Locations : Journeys : Signals
First artists announced:
‘Sing the Gloaming’ – Simon Kirby | Tommy Perman | Rob St John
‘24hr Community Composition’ – David Bloor
‘Lionra: Spun Tales, Tangled Webs’ – Ruaridh Law, Eleanor Thomson and David Donnelly
‘Cut Adrift’ – Mark Haddon
‘White Mill’ – Mark Zygadlo
‘Hide (night moves)’ – Natalie Marr “Prototype IV, bicycle photosynthesis” – Lucien Anderson
“Telemetry” – Yann Seznec
“Listen very carefully for I shall tell you this only once” – Neale Willis
‘Will o The Wisp’ – Martin O’Neil
‘Dark Heart of Cepheus’ – Rachel Rosen
‘Confiding Dark’ – David Borthwick I Kirstin McMahon
‘Tenebrous – Into the Darkness Beneath the Light’ – John Bowers I Alan Smith
Concursum Photographic Collective
Call out for ideas for labs, hacks, experiments, talks, walks, workshops, participatory artworks, games and investigations for Sanctuary 2017
We’re looking for ideas that explore any of the following… light, dark, remoteness, networks, place, senses, technology, environment, being present in an unconnected place.
The site is remote, not just from population centres but also from communication and power networks. This remoteness gives artists and visitors the space to consider both the environment and the absence of pervasive contemporary technologies.
Sanctuary takes place on September 23rd and 24th. At this stage we are looking for outline ideas. We hope be able to provide funds to bring selected ideas to Sanctuary. The finances on offer to support successful submissions will be confirmed at a later date.
Please note Sanctuary is off grid so there are practical limitations on the use of power. Sanctuary takes place in a Dark Skies Park so visible light should be kept to a minimum.
Please send ideas ASAP – by 10th Feb at latest to firstname.lastname@example.org.