Artist residencies at the CAIRN art center

The laureate of the call for applications for the next residency at the CAIRN art center will be announced at the end of March 2020.



Artist residencies


The CAIRN art center welcomes artists by invitation, for the production of artworks or exhibitions, and by call for applications for a research residency.

Financed thanks to the support of the DRAC (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs) Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the residency is aimed at professional artists who wish to develop their approach in resonance with the multiple aspects of the Dignois territory: its geological and natural heritage, but also its history and recent developments. 

Supported by the art center’s team, the resident artist will have the opportunity to open his or her approach to contact with scientists and specialists in several disciplines. If the project requires it, the art center’s team also undertakes to liaise with schools, residents and local associations.

The artist in residency at the CAIRN is welcomed in a residence located in the Saint-Benoît park, in the Haute-Provence Geopark’s heart. This accommodation overlooks the Bléone valley and offers a view of the surrounding mountains. The setting of the residence allows the artist to discover the surrounding sites by offering an immersion in the landscape as well as a space for reflection, incubation and experimentation. 


A call for applications is announced every year, offering a research grant for a 6-week residency.




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 November 2019 and March 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).