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

Albert Einstein

Collide@CERN is CERN’s latest experiment in arts and science.

As a main strategy of CERN's Cultural Policy for Engaging with the Arts, Collide@CERN is a 3-year artist’s residency programme initiated by Arts@CERN in 2011.

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.

See below for more information about the Collide@CERN artist residency programmes: 

Collide@CERN Geneva Residency

Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Residency

The Collide@CERN prize – an open call to artists working in different art forms to win a fully funded residency – will be awarded annually in two strands (Collide@CERN Geneva and Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN) until 2013. It comprises prize money and a residency grant for up to 3 months at CERN.

The winning artists will interact and engage with CERN scientists in order to take their artistic work to new creative dimensions. 

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

Support Collide@CERN


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. Our renowned cultural partners for the Collide@CERN residency programme are  the digital arts organisation Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

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, Prix Ars Electronica, 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.