Creative Ideas and Experiments (18 -25 yr olds)

Sanctuary 2017 – Opportunities for Creative Ideas and Experiments (18 -25 yr olds)

SANCTUARY Lab is offering two opportunities for young people to create experimental work for this year’s event – 23rd/24th September 2017

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 creative experimentation in a remote setting.

Sanctuary creates a space for participatory artworks that range from digital and sound works to radio transmissions, video and performance, and runs experimental labs, lectures and open conversations. The event brings together artists and members of the public with an interest in place and creative participatory experimentation.

The site is remote, not just from population centres but also from communication and power networks. This remoteness gives artists and the public the space to consider both the environment and the absence of the pervasive technologies of contemporary life, exploring what is possible by being present in an unconnected place.

The opportunity is open to young people (artists or anyone with a creative idea for the event) under the age of 25 who are based in, or from Dumfries and Galloway. We are open to ideas  from across all art forms; visual art, performance, literature, digital media or other 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!

The Sanctuary team will support the successful applicants in coordinating their project within the site and the event programme.

More information on the event

Timeframe and Budget:

For each commission: £1000 inclusive of fee, materials, travel and expenses.

Submission Requirements:

  • ‘Initial Ideas’ – an outline of your idea. Because of the relatively short timescale for the delivery of the project and the production schedule of the event itself, the more information you can supply about what you are proposing, the better. Please note that the site is remote and is off grid and off network. The challenges of the location will need to be considered when making proposals. Please contact us if you need more information.
  • Some information about you and why you are interested in applying. If you are an artist,  examples of relevant past work in PDF format would be useful. Weblinks may be used for video or audio files that are more than 5mb (Suggested total 6 images or files).

Submission deadline 5pm Monday 7th August

Please send applications to

If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Robbie Coleman or Jo Hodges on 01848 200044 and they will be very happy to chat things through with you and answer any questions you might have.

Supported by the Holywood Trust