Marking Loss

‘Marking Loss’ …. In these times we need to find new ways to remember.

As part of their work for Atlas Pandemica, Robbie and Jo have produced ‘Marking Loss’, a book that responds to the limitations that the Covid-19 restrictions have placed on the ways in which people can gather together to mark a loved ones passing.

There are 40 ideas to be used, modified or as for inspiration for marking loss during the restrictions imposed by Covid. When restrictions have been lifted the ideas can be used with larger groups of family and friends.

The ‘Marking Loss’ booklets have gone to all Funeral Directors around Dumfries and Galloway and will be offered free to bereaved relatives. Palliative Care Scotland have added them to their website as a downloadable resource here

The book can be downloaded as PDF below.

Please also see this article by Professor David Clarke, founder of the End of Life Studies Group at Glasgow University: https://davidgrahamclark.net/2021/05/28/responding-to-loss-in-the-time-of-covid-the-shoreline-to-shoreline-project/

Atlas Pandemica

Marking Loss‘ and Shoreline to Shorelineare Robbie and Jo’s work for Atlas Pandemica.

Atlas Pandemica consists of 10 creatively led investigations, each exploring a theme highlighted by life during the Covid pandemic in Dumfries and Galloway. Each investigation is designed to encourage innovative approaches in charting the changes brought about by Covid, and to navigate the way forward into a more hopeful and shared future.  (June 2020 – April 2021) As part of Atlas Pandemica, Robbie and Jo were commissioned to research and respond to the impact of COVID on dying and grieving (Please also see Shoreline to Shoreline, an event created by Robbie and Jo as a way of marking loss). Robbie and Matt Baker from The Stove Network are Co-Curating Atlas Pandemica which is focussing on Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Robbie presented at ‘Caring, Creativity and Connectedness during COVID-19’ an Arts Health Scotland online event on 17th November. Blog here https://vhscotland.org.uk/robbies-blog-atlas-pandemica-maps-to-a-kinder-world/

The Atlas Pandemica artists:

Joanne McKay is focusing on the history of pandemics in Dumfries

Annie Wild is looking into the giving and receiving of care

Karen Campbell is doing a residency with Dumfries & Galloway Council

Emma Jayne Park is exploring local decision making;

Mark Zygadlo is be looking at the river and it’s communities

Peter Smiths work explores the rituals of repair

T.S. Beall is documenting the unheard voices in Dumfries

Jenna Macrory will be sharing conversations about difference

The Homegrown Team are focusing on bringing the digital into public space.

Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges are focusing on grief and loss.

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Jo Hodges

Jo Hodges is a multidisciplinary public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Jo [www.johodges.co.uk] has a background in Human Ecology, community development and social justice.

Her work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes and relationships, and explores new strategies for working in public. Her practice takes many forms; temporary and permanent works, site specific installations and socially engaged projects and processes. She is often led by context, where the outcome is determined as a result of process.

She is interested in research, experimentation and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture and technology and exploring the role of art in social change. She is joint Director-Curator of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.