Appel à résidence artistique Humus

Chaque année, le Cairn propose un ou des appels à projet pour des résidences artistiques. Le projet de résidence «Humus » s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet européen Projeto Entre Serras, dont le Cairn fait partie. Les dossiers de candidature sont à remplir en anglais. Nous vous invitons à répondre, dans l’attente de découvrir vos propositions.



Creative Europe Program



Location: Portugal and France Time frame: one month residency

15 days in June-July 2024 (Estrela, PT) / 15 days in September-October 2024 (Alps, FR)

Open Call Deadline: February 15th 2024

Hosts: Estrela UNESCO Global Geopark – AGE (PT) and Cairn foyer d’art contemporain – CDLB (FR)


HUMUS Grant : 8.000,00

Fee: 4.000,00 €

Per diem: 1.000€

Transport: 1.000€

Production: 2.000€


About Projeto Entre Serras :


Projeto Entre Serras (PES_CE) is an European project gathering eight institutional partners across Portugal, Spain and France. PES is an open investigation to rurality in mountains, that includes artistic actions with public engagement, scientific and traditional knowledge, meetings and exchanges. It includes various forms of art practices in rural areas, but also in its relationship to the urban environment. Can artists drive local economies, identities and culture itself? This question will be addressed at this PES_CE artistic residency inspired by the unique mountains’ environments of Serra da Estrela (Portugal) and the Southern French Alps (France): HUMUS (Associaçao Geopark Estrela/AGE and Cairn foyer d’art contemporain /CDLB).


About the HUMUS Art Residency (Summary) :


Humus is a cross-national artistic residency between the UNESCO Global Geopark of Estrela (PT) and the City of Digne-les-Bains, in the Alps of High Provence (FR), within the frame of Projeto Entre Serras_Creative Europe. It focuses on the topic of pastoralism and transhumance, promoted on the 5th of December 2023 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.



Online resources :

Eligibility :


The residency is open to all contemporary artists regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual and/or political orientation, justifying a professional experience in renowned contemporary art institutions.


Required documents :


In order to apply the artist must send to the following email address:

  • Project proposal
  • Motivation letter
  • Portfolio + CV


The application must be written in ENGLISH under the following way NAME_forename_PES_CE All applications, which do not follow above mentioned criteria shall be dismissed.


Resource Desk :

Each applicant can look for information about the HUMUS residency at the following link:


Selection :


The jury, made up by a representative from each of the PES_CE members with experience on pastoralism and art :

  • Associaçao Geopark Estrela (PT),
  • Cairn foyer d’art contemporain (FR),
  • École supérieure d’art d’Aix-en-Provence (FR),
  • Ayuntamiento Malpartida de Caceres (SP),
  • 1 Shepherd, stock breeder or other professional from the pasture milieu

Results are delivered on the 8th of March 2024. Only one application will be selected for the HUMUS residency program. If there is a tie between two applications, a last resource gender criteria will contribute to gender balance among the PES_CE artists. All candidates will be informed of the jury’s decision on the 8th ofMarch 2024.


Criteria :

The selection criteria are:

  • Quality and originality of the project proposal in relation to in situ context Availability to work in Portugal in mentioned periods of the year
  • Quality of the body of work in the portfolio Professional experience
  • Financial feasibility of the project




First initiative of its kind and recently labeled ‘Centre of art of national interest’ by the Culture Ministry of France, Cairn pursues its unconventional program based solely on long-term artists residencies in territory, around the city of Digne-les-Bains.

In the Provençal Southern Alps, artists invited by Cairn find echoes to their own artistic research through the lens of unsuspected stories belonging to a rich, old and contemporary rural heritage. This includes interdisciplinary facets such as sports, science, agriculture, tourism, archeology and many more. Cairn therefore opens debates participating in a broader reflection on the futures and the development model alternatives for sustainable countryside areas.

Cairn receives internationally renowned artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Lara Almarcegui, Hicham Berrada. Part of its program supports emerging artists as well as experimental practices.



Creative Europe:


The Creative Europe program supports transnational cooperation projects involving organizations in the cultural and creative sectors from different countries taking part in the program. It covers the EU and beyond. Through this funding, Creative Europe aims to improve access to European cultural and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity.