HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL ARTS, CERN; CULTURAL PRODUCER, CURATOR, STRATEGIST ANd WRITER
Ariane Koek (UK) is an award winning producer, Clore Fellow and the first cultural specialist appointed by CERN - the world's largest particle physics laboratory based outside Geneva, in Switzerland. She has led on International Arts at the laboratory since Spring 2010, creating and initiating the laboratory's first arts policy, Great Arts for Great Science. She also created, fundraises for, directs and curates the Arts@CERN programme, which comprises 3 strands - the the annual Collide@CERN artists residency awards, the new Accelerate@CERN artists research awards and the Visiting Artists programme, which has included such luminaries as William Forsythe, Esa Pekka Salonen and Wolfgang Tillmans. The philosophy behind the programme is that by colliding particle physics with the arts, great new ideas and works will emerge.
Prior to CERN, Ariane was CEO of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing which runs 120 writers residencies a year in 4 different locations, and she had an extensive award-winning career as a BBC producer and director in both radio and television, working across arts, science, the history of ideas and politics.