The Dark Outside – An Art Project

DARK Sky Park Artists in Residence, Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges are presenting a series of exciting new works that link with the Dark Skies element of the Wigtown Book Festival 28 Sept – 7 Oct.

They plan to tempt people into the darkness with radio broadcasts, roadside shrines and a rare chance to experience a drive in movie under the stars of the Galloway Forest Park.

Artist Jo Hodges said: “The residency is a fantastic opportunity for us to explore themes such as the human connection to the night sky, and stories from the exploration of Space such as the lost cosmonauts. We are excited to be looking at ways of creating temporary artworks that engage new audiences.”

This work is part of a programme of artworks for the Dark Skies and Biosphere being developed by environmental Art organization Wide Open. Jan Hogarth of Wide Open says,

“Contemporary Art is a great way to bring the landscape to life and help us all engage with nature (daytime and nighttime). Artists Jo Hodges and Robbie Coleman are developing a really exciting body of work linked to the Dark Skies and Biosphere area of Galloway. The work celebrates the Darkness and our connections with the stars.”

The Dark Skies Residency is being funded by Creative Scotland and has been managed and developed by Wide Open (South Scotland).

The Drive in Movie will screen The City Dark, a stunning documentary about the loss of the night sky. 3 October. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, DG8 7BE. 7.30 pm.  £8 per car. Online booking at

Further information and dates and locations of other work are on the residency website

or contact: Jan Hogarth, tel. 07801232229 or Jo Hodges, tel. 07905866801.