Our international programme organised every three years in partnership with a city

Since the foundation of Arts at CERN in 2011, Collide is our flagship residency programme. Collide was originally designed with an international strand, a Geneva strand, and a Swiss strand.

Collide is now our international programme run in partnership with a city every three years. The annual residency invites artists over 18 years old and of any nationality to further their artistic practice in connection with fundamental research at CERN.

From 2012 to 2015, the collaboration was with Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; from 2016-2018, the programme moved to Liverpool, in the Northwest of UK, in collaboration with FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. Since 2019, Arts at CERN, the Barcelona City Council and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona have been working together to nurture dialogue between art and science at the highest level. The Barcelona City Council embeds this collaboration within the Barcelona Science Plan to cultivate creative synergies among art, science and technology in the city.

Artists are selected by an international jury of experts from art and science fields via an open call for entries. One winner and a maximum of four honorary mentions are selected. The award-winning artist is offered a fully-funded residency of two months at CERN, Geneva, and one month in the partner city, in connection and interaction with the local scientific organisations –mainly laboratories involved in fundamental research, particle physics and the physics of the cosmos.