Artist residencies at the Cairn centre d’art

Call for application – Research residency 2020

The CAIRN residency support the artistic research that will be conceived and developed following site-specific approach, connected to the Alpes de Haute-Provence territory.

The application is open to all artists regardless age and nationality.

Deadline for submissions : January 27th, 2020

Scheduled of the residency : 6 weeks between April and December 2020

Please, download the application form <here>

For more informations :
Tél: +33 (0)4 92 31 45 29


Artist residencies


The artistic programm is highly considering a respecfull and rigorous approach that aim to root art projects within the local context. To give artists the best work environment adapted to this requirements, the CAIRN, art center is welcoming artists on differents periods of time flexible and extended : the artist comes back several times, according to his/her project. An accomadation and a working studio is at the artist disposal for the time of their residency. It is located in the park of the Musée Promenade, nearby the art center.

The strong dialogue between art and science built the history and geography of the site and is highlighted in the Gassendi museum collection. This is what piqued curiosity and mind of artists interested in interactions between nature, culture and contemporary society (Mark Dion, Paul Armand Gette, Joan Fontcuberta).
For younger artits, this place has been the springboard for new artistic horizons that led them further (Abraham Poincheval, Delphine Gigoux Martin).

Research Residencies : A call for application is open to all profesional artists from all over the world is released every year around july, proposing a reasearch grant for 6 weeks residency between winter/spring.



Ongoing residencies :


Yamile VILLAMIL ROJAS (2019 – 2020)


Yamile Villamil Rojas is the winner of the 2019 call for applications for a research residency at CAIRN art center. She will be present in Digne-les-Bains for 6 weeks between October 2019 and February 2020 to develop her project.

Yamile Villamil Rojas, Colombian artist and researcher living in France since 2013, is interested in collaborative practices in art and works more specifically around popular and secular rituals. The encounter is a fundamental dimension of her projects that question notions of identity, otherness, cultures and territories. His approach is part of a history of participatory art in which it is a question of creating in the social space (and taking an interest in its realities) rather than in the workshop, collectively rather than in isolation. The work is not the result of the artist’s work alone, but of a collaboration between the artist and volunteers.

In residence at CAIRN, she chose to start from the figure of the Minkas* in order to establish a “circle of speech and thought” with the inhabitants and/or interlocutors linked to the Dignois associative network and thus to initiate a reflection on the body as “extension or avatar of the land we inhabit” (Yamile Villamil Rojas). The objective, according to the artist, is to question the way in which individual and collective memory builds a “refuge” through the body, works, objects, archives but also through a certain ecology of the relationship. To bring out and (re)build the memory of a territory by collaborating with its daily actors to contribute to the reinvention of the collective’s possible forms and places.

* A gathering practice set up by the indigenous people on the American continent in which a community engages in a dialogue that must support individual and collective memory, weaving the fabric of a society or culture. (about the artist in her intention note)



Yamile Villamil Rojas was born in 1985 in Bogotá. She has been living and working in Paris since 2014. Artist and researcher, she obtained a Master 1 in Aesthetics, Practice and History of Plastic Arts and a Master 2 in Media, Design and Contemporary Art at the University of Paris 8. Currently, Yamile Villamil Rojas is pursuing a doctorate in Arts and Languages at the EHESS in Paris and has carried out several co-creation projects in France and Colombia. Her projects have been presented in solo and group exhibitions such as Visions Magiques (José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden – Bogotà), Ici & ailleurs (Espace Khiasma, Paris), Papier Machine (Levi Strauss Library, Paris). Yamile Villamil Rojas leads “creative mediations” (We are not the number we believe we are, Béton salon centre d’art et de recherche, Paris) and regularly intervenes in publications and as a lecturer (museums and cultural centres in France and Colombia).


La route des savoirs-saveurs (publication), 2017 : The “savoirs-flavours” route is a collaborative creative project between the artist Yamile Villamil Rojas, the Maison des Fougères and a group of residents of the Fougères district, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. This vast project of culinary experiments was born from informal discussions and common desires. It concludes with the publication of a recipe book, both from here and abroad. Gathered by a common curiosity and a taste for travel, the participants shared their culinary knowledge through group workshops, during which each in turn proposed a recipe. The opportunity to exchange on practices and rituals, which revealed many links between the cultures represented through this project (Delphine Verron).