Visual arts centre FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool and Arts at CERN, the arts and science programme of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, have announced that studio platform hrm199 is the winner of the COLLIDE International Award 2017.

hrm199 is led by artist Harron Mirza, who has previously won various high-profile awards including the Northern Art Prize, Calder, and Nam June Paik Art Center prizes. It brings together people from a diverse range of disciplines to collaborate and, for this current project, Mirza will be working with artist, musician and musical instrument maker Jack Jelfs.

The COLLIDE award grants hrm199 a fully funded residency, including two months at CERN, Geneva, to explore and extend their research. This is followed by a month at FACT, where they will be able to establish conversations and explore collaborations with scientists and academics from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University.

In response to winning the award, hrm199 said: “We are deeply honoured and excited about having this opportunity. We look forward to spending time at CERN and falling off the cutting edge of physics into the unknown.”

Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, added: “I am thrilled to invite the collective hrm199, led by artist Haroon Mirza, to this distinct and highly intellectual environment, where certainly their research and ideas will be expanded to many cultural and creative angles thanks to the interactions with CERN scientists.”

A new COLLIDE production scheme will support the projects developed during the residency. Following the residency period, the artists will be invited to submit a final proposal that will be considered for artistic production, with a budget of up to 50,000€.

This is the sixth edition of the award, with South Korean artist Yunchul Kim winning last year’s prize. Cern runs the prize with a revolving partner, with this being the second of FACT’s three years in the role.

The jury for the COLLIDE International Award 2017 was: Mónica Bello, head of arts at CERN, Geneva; Michael Doser, senior research physicist at CERN, Geneva; Rosa Ferré, head of exhibitions at CCCB, Barcelona; Ana Botella, head of programme at FACT, Liverpool; Mike Stubbs, director at FACT, Liverpool; Yves Bernard, artistic and managing director at iMAL, Brussels; Patrick Gyger, director at Lieu Unique, Nantes.

FACT intends to showcase works resulting from the COLLIDE residencies as part of a new exhibition in 2018.

1. Haroon Mirza, The National Apavilion of Then and Now

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