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 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 if you need more information. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you 🙂


Contribute Darkness, Silence or Remoteness….

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.

Contribute to the work HERE

Clare Archibald is a Scottish writer interested in the interplay of form and the potential of collaboration. Her work can be found here: