CERN, the renowned European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has partnered with FACT, the UK’s leading media arts centre, for the ambitious residency programme COLLIDE International Award, created to challenge and transform the way art and science encounters are understood.

Guidelines for the international open call have now been released, and applications will be accepted from 11 March until 23 May 2016. The competition is open to artists - of any age and from anywhere in the world - whose work reflects on the cultural and social understanding of science and advanced knowledge. More information about the application and guidelines can be found here.

COLLIDE International Award grants an artist a fully funded residency, where the artist will spend the first two months at CERN, Geneva, followed by a one-month stay at FACT in Liverpool.

As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN sees the world’s leading physicists and engineers investigate the fundamental mysteries of our universe. COLLIDE offers the winning artist a highly regarded opportunity to spend time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, providing an inspirational place to explore and extend their research in order to find new artistic approaches.

After the time at CERN, the open and collaborative atmosphere at FACT with its wide ranging programme of exhibitions and participant-led art projects, will offer the artist an excellent setting to reflect on, and contextualise his/her work. As a centre for research and innovation, FACT works with partners across the cultural sector, health, and higher education, such as University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, to offer unique opportunities for people to engage with ground-breaking new media art from across the world, and explore the relationship between technology and culture at the very forefront of new technology advancements and debates.

FACT's Director, Prof. Mike Stubbs says: "At the nexus of art, science and technology, FACT is delighted to be the Arts partner to CERN for its major international residency programme, COLLIDE. Encouraging curiosity is central to our agenda, and introducing the public to experimental and open-minded artists is an amazing way to inspire creativity both within science and arts."

Monica Bello, Head of CERN’s arts programme Arts@CERN, adds: “Our desire is to connect the worlds of leading scientists with international artists through ‘creative collisions’, encouraging both fields to inspire and challenge each other, and pushing the boundaries of their traditional roles and methodologies.”

Tara Shears, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Liverpool’s School of Physical Sciences, says: "As scientists, we spend much of our time translating equations and laws into pictures and understanding. Artists work differently, but their visualisations of ideas can be compelling, instant and give you that fleeting insight that's a step to understanding. We're really excited to see what happens when science and art coincide during the COLLIDE International award.”

The COLLIDE International Award partnership between CERN and FACT is supported by the University of Liverpool. Particle Physicists at the University have played a major role in all of CERN’s collaborative experiments leading analyses as diverse as Higgs studies, how matter and antimatter differ and what dark matter might be composed of. Currently about 50 Liverpool scientists and engineers are involved in particle physics research programmes with CERN.

COLLIDE’s jury is composed of a panel of experts including Monica Bello, Head of Arts@CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Patrick Gyger, Director of Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (France); Tara Shears, Physicist at LHCb, CERN (Geneva) and at University of Liverpool (United Kingdom); Mike Stubbs, Director at FACT and Professor at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool (United Kingdom).

The winner of COLLIDE International Award will be announced at the end of June 2016.

COLLIDE International Award is part of the COLLIDE CERN FACT Framework Partnership 2016-2018. COLLIDE is supported by Liverpool City Council, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

The COLLIDE International Award will be accepting applications from 11 March to 23 May 2016 and your proposal can be submitted online.