Artist residencies at the Cairn centre d’art

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.

Download call for application 2018 : Call for application 2018

Current residencies in order to create on local territory :

Lara Almarcegui : spring 2018-2019

Lara Almarcegui was born in 1972 in Saragosse, Spain. She lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The work that she develops for more than twenty years explores the demarcation lines between the renewal and the decline of cities. She tries to highlight the urban elements that most of the time we don’t see. In one hand, Lara Almarcegui take a deep interest into abandoned urban spaces, suburbans areas and areas under construction and development. One the other hand, she tries to understand the interconnection between urbanism and architecture. Lara Almarcegui represented Spain at the 55e Biennale Arte of Venice, 2017, and at the Biennal Arte of Lyon, 2017.
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Lara Almarcegui, 55th Venice Biennale, Spanish Pavilion, 2013


Mariateresa Sartori :

Mariateresa Sartori is born in 1961, she lives and works in Venice. Her work is strongly influenced by a scientific approach and specifically by neurosciences. She also interested by the dynamic of groupe behavior and language system. She is also attentive to music as a form of expression for emotions.  Her projects, are often made in collaboration with scientists and specialists, and are questioning forms of sensory perceptions and their capacity to notice reality

She already showed her works in museums such as : MMOMA, Musée d’Art Moderne de Moscou, Palazzo Fortuny, Venise; Musée de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts de Russie, Saint-Pétersbourg; Fondation Bevilacqua La Masa, Venise; ICA, The show room, Londres; NGBK Berlin; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Macro, Rome; Neue Galerie, Graz; Palais des Expositions, Rome; Musée Mucsarnok, Budapest; Careof, Milan; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Fondation Querini Stampalia, Venise.

During her residency at Cairn Centre d’art her research lean on a natural and environmental exploration around Digne. Graphic transcription of sound that she collected during her walks, will show a second interpretation of the landscape she apprehended though her senses. Her research is also linked to botanic: Herbarium are suggested by pinehole photography, while focusing on the lines trees draw on the horizon.

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1) Mariateresa Sartori, Nuvole n2, photo en stenopé, 2017, Cassis, Fondation Camargo.

2) Mariateresa Sartori, Piccola pianta n1, 2016, Cassis, Fondation Camargo.



• Alessandro Quaranta (2017-2018)

Alessandro Quaranta is born in Turin, Italy, in 1975.

His work has been shown at GAM (Museum of Modern Art of Turin – 2014 / FSRR (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo) – Autograph ABP (London, (UK) 2012 / Lousiana Museum of Modern Art (DK), 2011 /PAV (Turin), CESAC (Caraglio, IT) 2010 / Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Caracas, Venezuela) 2009 / DOCVA, CareOF (Milan) 2008. 
He participated at the Triennale 2014 du Valais (CH) – the X Biennale de Lyon (FR) 2009.

“ The time spent in Cairn helped me to focus more clearly and precisely on what my attitude leads to. The spectral silence noticed in the wintry landscape, perceived through my walks in the neighbourhood of Digne, had wakened me an ancestral need to restore an utopian attitude to recover a way of communication of human beings with animals on different levels of language. My aim is to realize a short film as a result of this research.”

Alessandro Quaranta – The changing of the guard