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Call for entries for the 2020 Collide Award

27 October 2020

Art and science. The prize invites artists of any discipline to carry out a three-month residency at CERN (Geneva) and at the Hangar creation factory (Barcelona).

Barcelona and CERN announce a new international call for entries for the Collide Award, which for the second year awards a combined residency at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN in Geneva) and at a creation factory in Barcelona. The two residences are the result of the alliance established between CERN, the Institute of Culture of Barcelona and Barcelona City Council from 2019 to 2021, also within the framework of one of the strategic axes of the Barcelona Science Plan.

The Collide Prize invites artists and groups to develop a project proposal with the aforementioned combined residency in Geneva and Barcelona. This year, the stay in Barcelona will take place at the Hangar creation factory, Centre for Production and Research in the Visual Arts.



Applications can be submitted from October 27 to December 7. Applicants must combine a description of their artistic practices and interests with their perception of science and how CERN deals with the major issues surrounding the study of the universe.

After a period of deliberation by a jury composed of representatives of science and culture, the person or group receiving the prize will be able to carry out a three-month artistic residency in 2021 to develop their project and innovate in their discipline. This residency will be divided into two stays, one that will last two months at CERN in Geneva, where it will be possible to work in contact with professionals in the field of particle physics, engineering, information technologies and the world of the laboratory, and another that will last one month at the Hangar creation factory in Barcelona, with the aim of extending and contextualizing their research through the city’s artistic and scientific network.

The rules of the Collide Prize and the registration form can be found at the following links

Open Call for Entries of Collide Awards 2020

Application Form


Collide and the Barcelona Science Plan

The collaboration between Barcelona City Council, the Institute of Culture of Barcelona and CERN through the Collide Prize is part of one of the four pillars of the Barcelona Science 2020-2023 Plan. This programme aims to promote the scientific fabric of the city, as well as the scientific research and the scientific knowledge in Barcelona, in order to consolidate Barcelona in the international ecosystem of this field. Thus, this plan aims to consolidate the scientific values as part of the city’s heritage by strengthening the link between art and science, and understanding the relationship between the university, industrial and economic, scientific, social and artistic fabric as an essential engine of change and transformation.

Within this framework, the City Council’s new Science and Universities Department, which is implementing the Barcelona Science 2020-2023 Plan, is promoting public policies in the field of science and knowledge. These policies aim to make the international projection of the city’s university and scientific institutions more visible in order to generate and consolidate alliances in the European arena; to allocate specific funding to research in order to find innovative solutions that benefit citizens; to bring science closer to the people and encourage vocations through what is known as citizen science; and to promote the link between art, science and technology.


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