CERN Accelerating science

At Arts at CERN we pioneer new ways of bringing together artists and scientists, lead the conversation about art and science, and support artistic innovation and openness to research environments. The arts program of the world largest laboratory of particle physics was founded in 2011 to explore notions of creativity, human ingenuity and curiosity. Today, artists from all over the world are invited, through our programmes, to spend time at CERN and work alongside particle physicists and engineers. Each year a number of opportunities to apply for artistic residencies in this unique environment are announced. Artists and creators of any field are welcome to experience the way the big questions of our time are pursued by fundamental science. During the residencies at CERN artists are supported and encouraged to undertake research through multiple perspectives, within a dynamic scenario where powerful ideas are the common currency. Positioning artists and scientists together within the larger scientific context, our programmes foster new approaches to research, experimentation and artistic production. Furthermore, we want to question how art and culture can form novel visions of a highly specialised environment and what common grounds can be shared between art and science.

Mónica Bello. Curator and Head of Arts at CERN


At CERN physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe, stretching highly-advanced technology to its limit, as embodied by the Large Hadron Collider and its detectors.

Scientists at the lab employ a broad range of physical experiments and represent models through deeply specialised mathematics. The sense of wonder towards what complex phenomena may be revealed in such an environment is a fascination for many artists who find themselves inevitably drawn to the laboratory.

Cultural Board

A Cultural Advisory Board supports and advises Arts at CERN. It's currently formed by:

Andrea Bellini, Director of Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève; Laurent Le Bon, President of Picasso Museum, Paris; Serge Dorny, Director of Opéra National de Lyon; Ariane Koek, former Head of the Arts at CERN programme; Frédérick Bordry, Director for Accelerators and Technology; Assoc. Prof. Bilge Demirköz at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey).

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