Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges are public artists based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. They have individual art practices but also work in collaboration on transdisciplinary public art works.
Robbie Coleman is an artist and curator with a background in sculpture and live art. He project manages large-scale public arts projects and is Co-Director of the D-LUX Light Festival and The Environmental Arts Festival Scotland.
Jointly their work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes, relationships and change. Their practice takes many forms and includes temporary and permanent works, site specific installations, socially engaged and participatory processes and explorations of new strategies for working in public space.
They are interested in research, experimentation and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture, science and technology and exploring the role of art in social and ecological change.
They are Director-Curators of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.
Current Work 2020/21
Robbie together with Matt Baker from The Stove Network, Dumfries is Co-Curating Atlas Pandemica. Atlas Pandemica has commissioned 10 creative practitioners to work collectively to examine the way society is reacting to the COVID pandemic based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. As part of Atlas Pandemica, Robbie and Jo have been commissioned to research and respond to the impact of COVID on death and dying. 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/
Robbie and Jo’s current Atlas pandemic work : https://thestove.org/atlas-pandemica/distance-proximity-and-loss/ Website for the Shoreline to Shoreline event: https://shorelinetoshoreline.com/
Robbie and Jo are working with Findhorn Bay Arts on ‘Creative Work Shop’, a residency that seeks to open up conversations around ideas of generative culture in and around Forres, Scotland from August 2020. They have started to record their experiences as a blog at the following link: https://colemanhodges.com/creative-work-shop/ They are presenting at a Culture Cafe event March 2021: https://www.culturecafe.scot/event/what-is-public/
Robbie and Jo, together with Prof. Mike Bonaventura ran an online version of the Museums of the FutureNow on environmental justice for the Just Festival, Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival. This session was run in collaboration with Creative Carbon Scotland. 18th August 6.30-8.30pm https://just-festival.org/eventbrite-event/the-museum-of-the-future/. Reflections on the event here: https://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/green-tease-reflections-museums-of-the-futurenow-environmental-justice/
Robbie and Jo were delighted to have been selected for Becoming Earthly Run by The Barn Arts, Aberdeen, this was an experimental learning space which aimed to create the conditions to open up new innovative forms of practice that responded imaginatively to the challenges we now face. July – September 2020. They are now developing further collaborative work with The Barn.
Robbie and Jo ran workshops, contributed to an exhibition and presented their work at The Wild Goose Festival in Dumfries Sept 29 – Oct 15th 2020.
Robbie and Jo have been selected for a VARC ‘Entwined’ residency in Northumberland in May 2021. Information HERE