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.

Looking forward to getting your ideas!

Digital Decontamination Portal. Collective Nonsense. Image: Alison Boyes

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.

More information on the opportunity:   FURTHER INFORMATION

Funded by the Holywood Trust

Murmurate. Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal. Image: Alison Boyes

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

See for more information.

Commission supported by Creative Scotland

Alec Star (GlowB Below)[6]We’re very pleased to announce two new interactive works coming to Sanctuary. John Wallace and Graham Rooney will be joining us with Entropy Lure, a work that uses live video projection and vintage and cutting edge thermographic cameras to reveal the heat signature of our vital energy as it dissipates into the universe.

Unicorn Diagragm will also joining us with Nightlight – 2 . A shadow catcher. Caught between a projector and a screen, our shadows are recorded – indefinitely layering brief moments in time. Separated from their owners, the anonymous community of shadows take on identities of their own.

Both these experimental works will take place during the hours of darkness and we’re very much looking forward to experiencing them.

More information at

Work by Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal. Image Chris Scott
Work by Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal. Image Chris Scott

We’re pleased to announce the artists who will be bringing new work to this years Sanctuary.

Broken20 are presenting a multi-platform participatory ensemble work entitled BrokenLight. Jamie Clements and Nick Millar are creating Eternal Silence, an interactive installation based on the final morse code message sent by the French Navy in 1997; ‘Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence’. Chris Dooks will present Schellackplatten Triangulated, a live mix of rare 78s for at least three beautifully irritable gramophones. Zoë Irvine & Kuchke will bring ŠUMA, a sound work combining vocal performance, radio transmission and woodland, and Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal are developing Murmurate, a site-responsive performance which uses the audience’s personal smartphones and tablets as a sound diffusion system.

Check out the following link for more info

An amazing line up so far and theres more to come…. Thanks to Alt-w and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere for supporting these works.

Broken 20Three commissions have been announced for Sanctuary 2015 funded by Alt-w. We would like to commission innovative work experimenting with light / dark. We’d particularly like to explore ‘electronic darkness’, identity, privacy and culture.