Hebridean Dark Skies Festival exhibition – call for proposals

  • Published on: 10th August 2021
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An Lanntair is seeking artists living in or with a strong connection to the Hebrides to contribute to a group exhibition as part of the 2022 Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.

Our February 2022 festival exhibition will be a collection of imaginative and original responses to the theme of ‘Dark Skies’. Each selected artist will be paid a fee.

All art forms are eligible and you can respond to the theme in any way. The exhibition will take place in An Lanntair’s gallery space but proposals for other parts of the building will also be considered.

As a guide, we are particularly looking for the following:

  • Art inspired by astronomy.
  • Art created at night.
  • Art that explores our relationship with darkness.

This will be the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival’s first multi-artform group exhibition and in the spirit of this innovative and ambitious programme we will be looking for the most creative and memorable responses to our festival themes.

Please note that we have also run a Dark Skies photography competition since 2019 and while photography is eligible for this exhibition we are keen to encourage other art forms.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is an annual winter festival exploring astronomy and our relationship with darkness. The festival has been running each February since 2019 and brings together artists and astronomers for a a lively, accessible programme of talks, music, film, theatre, comedy, food and family events. Previous programmes have included exhibitions by the arts and astronomy project Creativity and Curiosity and the artist collective Lumen

Please email a proposal of no more than one page in length to festival programmer Andrew Eaton-Lewis at andrew@anlanntair.com, with ‘Dark Skies exhibition’ in the subject line. Please include a CV (or link to an online biography) and examples of previous work.

The deadline for proposals is 9 October and the selected artists will be announced later in the month.

If you are not already familiar with the exhibition space at An Lanntair you can explore our virtual gallery here.

For more information about the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, visit www.lanntair.com/darkskies.