CAIRN Art center

CAIRN Art Centre


CAIRN art centre focuses on interpreting and reshaping the rural area of Haut Provence Alps, through art residencies.

Born in 2000 by the collaboration between the Gassendi Museum and the Haute Provence Geopark, the CAIRN Art Center invites artistes to produce site-specific artworks and exhibition. Since more than 20 years, it develops a collection of contemporary artworks in an area of over 200,000 hectares, included in Gassendi Museum collection. Conceived in relation to local context, the artists projects become an invitation to walk and wander in the mountains, to discover the history and heritage of the places, and also to meet local communities.

With a multidisciplinary approach connecting art, nature and the specific features of the area, CAIRN is a centre for creative work and experimentation, which produces and disseminates contemporary art in the rural area.

CAIRN Art Centre is part of the d.c.a network (French association for contemporary art centres development), ELAN (European Landart Network) and BOTOX(S) (Contemporary Art network in the French Alps and Riviera)

CAIRN Art Centre’s permanent institutional partners are: DRAC (Regional Department of Cultural Affairs), the Culture and Communication Ministry, PACA Regional Council, the City of Digne-les-Bains.