Arts at CERN is the leading art and science programme fostering the dialogue between artists and physicists.



Credits: Cascade by Yunchul Kim at KCC UK, London.


"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." Monica Bello. Curator and head of Arts at CERN.


Arts at CERN consists of several strands, whose goal is to provide artists from different disciplines the time and the access to scientific expertise and the community of the laboratory.

  • Collide, a residency award of up to three months to invite artists to further their artistic practice in connection with fundamental research at CERN.
  • Accelerate, a country-specific award for artists from different geographies to access the residencies program at CERN.
  • Guest Artists visits, short exploratory visits for artists from all over the world to connect with the world of CERN.



If you also believe in the combined creative power of art and science to explore and make sense in the universe, please help us keep the dialogue going.