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"Knowledge is limited... imagination embraces the entire world."

Albert Einstein

Collide@CERN Artists Residency Award is the flagship programme of Arts@CERN. By bringing world-class artists and scientists together in a free exchange of ideas, the Collide@CERN residency programme explores elements even more elusive than the Higgs boson: human ingenuity, creativity and imagination.

Since 2011 the Collide@CERN prize – an open call to artists working in different art forms to win a fully funded residency for up to 3 months at the laboratory – has been awarded annually in two strands. It began as a 3 year programme in 2011, with Collide@CERN Geneva funded by our cultural partners the City and Canton of Geneva, and with Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN, funded by private sponsors, with the prize money supported by our cultural partners Ars Electronica, Linz.

The programme gives artists the time and space to reflect, research and renew their artistic practice and career by encountering the multi-dimensional world of particle physics in carefully curated encounters. A key aspect of the programme is the 4 day induction which happens at least 3 months before the residencies start. At this crucial time, the artists' imaginations are seeded even before they begin the residency and they are matched with their CERN inspiration partner.

We are proud to announce that the 3 year Collide@CERN programme has proved so successful that it is continuing.

In 2014 we launched Collide@CERN Pro Helvetia a new collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, opening the doors to all Swiss artists. This open competition will alternate each year with  Collide@CERN Geneva which is for artists born or working in Geneva.

The awards are made following open calls, and the jury comprises the cultural partners as well as representatives from Arts@CERN, including scientists.

Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Residency

Collide@CERN Geneva / Switzerland Residency




Some of the greatest artists working today are creative patrons of the Collide@CERN project: Swiss architect Jacques Herzog, Japanese artist Mariko Mori, German photographer Andreas Gursky, British sculptor Antony Gormley, wildlife artist Frans Lanting, and Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist. These world-famous artists have all visited CERN and been inspired by the work we do here.

Our international cultural partnerships with leading arts organisations support the project.

We are entirely supported by external funds - from dontations from our private donors known as Exclusive Friends of Collide@CERN, the City and Canton of Geneva, The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and UNIQA SA who sponsor all the artists insurances.

If you are interested in supporting Collide@CERN, please contact us for further information about our exclusive private donors' scheme as well as our corporate packages. 


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