CAIRN, arts center


The CAIRN (Centre d'Art Informel de Recherches sur la Nature) strives to reread, interpret and reconfigure the territory that surrounds it through the eyes of various artists such as Mark Dion, Delphine Gigoux-Martin, Herman de Vries, Andy Goldsworthy...


The CAIRN art center is an artistic laboratory that supports
and disseminates contemporary creation in rural areas. He
develops on a small and large scale: a showroom
temporary, a sculpture trail in the heart of the Parc Saint-
Benoît and the production of permanent works on the territory of
the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence.
If the word cairn refers to these stone pyramids raised by the
walkers as a directional signal, it is also the acronym
founder of: Informal Art Center for Nature Research.
For 20 years, CAIRN has favored inviting artists whose
the works question our relationship to territory and
natural environment: Mark Dion, Delphine Gigoux-Martin, Herman de
vries, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Nonas, Lara Almarcegui, Till
Roeskens… The art center welcomes artists by invitation,
for the production of works and exhibitions, and upon call for
application, for research residencies. From spring to autumn, CAIRN offers mediation and
one-off events.
The CAIRN art center is part of BOTOX(S) - contemporary art network
Alpes et Riviera, from dca – French Association for the Development of
contemporary art centers, ELAN - European Land Art Network and
of Plein Sud - the visual arts network of the South.
The CAIRN center d'art benefits from the support of the Ministry of Culture /
DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, of the Provence-Alpes-Côte Region
d'Azur and the town of Digne-les-Bains.

The art center offers guided tours for each exhibition, as well as workshops and field trips for schoolchildren or groups.
Free upon reservation:

Conferences and meetings in the presence of the artists are also organized with various partner structures (the idbl art school, the François Mitterrand media library, etc.).

COVID 19 special provisions

We are attentive to health developments and compliance with the health rules in force. We are committed to an approach that respects the recommendations made by the various competent authorities. Do not hesitate to contact us to know them.

Spoken languages

  • English

Labels & accessibility

  • Haute Provence members

Adapted tourism

  • Smooth rolling and barrier-free ground
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Adapted services for visual impairment
  • No jumps> 2 cm
  • Site, building fully accessible
  • Possibility to drop someone off in front of the site
  • Decline> 5% but reasonable
  • Minimum passage width of 90 cm



  • Unguided individual tours permanently


  • Unguided group visits on request
  • Guided group tours on request


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Comfort / services

  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Show room
  • Toilets
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours
  • Educational visits

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions


Payment method

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Bank / credit card


From 01/04 to 30/06/2022, every day.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 13:30 p.m. - 17:30 p.m.
Opening days and times may vary depending on each exhibition.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, daily from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening days and times may vary depending on each exhibition.

From 01/09 to 30/11/2022, every day.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 13:30 p.m. - 17:30 p.m.
Opening days and times may vary depending on each exhibition.
Closed from December to March.