A programme of residencies to foster experimentation in art and science in Switzerland and worldwide in partnership with Pro Helvetia.

Launched in April 2021, Connect is a collaboration between CERN and The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Between 2021 to 2024, it will serve as a platform to foster experimentation in the arts in connection with fundamental science. A series of art residency opportunities will be announced to take place at CERN, in Geneva, and in partner scientific organisations worldwide in South Africa, India, Brazil and Chile. Artists from Switzerland and from any of these countries will be invited to apply for research-led residencies, to explore ideas and develop new work inspired by science and in connection with the scientific communities.

Connect offers two residency formats: a 3-month residency at CERN for Swiss artists and a combined residency at CERN and in another international location in collaboration with prestigious scientific and cultural organisations – in Chile, South Africa, Brazil and India. Connect is now calling for applications for its national format, a three-month residency at CERN for artists and collectives based or from Switzerland until 3 March 2023. Apply here

In November 2022, Arts at CERN and Pro Helvetia New Delhi announced a new residency opportunity as part of the Connect collaboration. Connect India invites one artist from Switzerland and one from India to participate in a dual residency together at CERN in Geneva and at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) in Bengaluru. in 2023. The winning artists will be announced in 2023.

In 2021, two calls for entries of Connect were announced and the winning artists were selected. The Swiss collective AATB was selected for Connect. Swiss artist Ian Purnell and South African artist Kamil Hassim were chosen for Connect South Africa to undertake a joint residency at CERN in Geneva, followed by a period in the array of astronomy observatories in South Africa, in connection with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO).

The Simetría Award was the former iteration of the residency programme, established by Arts at CERN and Corporación Chilena de Video and supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in the context of its programme COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural ExchangesSimetría was a shared residency programme that enables two artists in collaboration, to explore the relationship between astronomy and particle physics, at the CERN, and in Chile, the VLT (Very Large Telescope) observatory and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array) at the European Southern Observatory (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).


Kamil Hassim is a South African transdisciplinary artist and musician.

Kamil Hassim

AATB is the collaborative practice of Swiss artists Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet.


Chloé Delarue lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. She produces installations (sculpture, video and sound) under the TAFAA acronym, standing for Toward A Fully Automated Appearance, a combination of several installations, which the artist calls “environments”.


Nicole L’Huillier is a transdisciplinary artist from Santiago, Chile, currently based in Boston, United States. Through sound, vibrations, resonances, and multiple transductions, her work explores more-than-human performativity.

Nicole L'Huillier

Alan Bogana is a multidisciplinary artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. His art practice involves sculpture, computer graphics, electronics, time-based media and holography, and his works are usually presented in the form of installations.

Alan Bogana

Ian Purnell (b.1988 in Basel) works in the intersection of visual arts, documentary filmmaking and performing arts.


Patricia Domínguez is an artist, educator and earth defender based in Puchuncaví, Chile.

Patricia Dominguez