The European Pepinieres of Creation support the call launched by the project “Horizon Arts-Nature in Sancy” for its 17th edition scheduled from June 17 to September 17, 2023.

Amount of the grant offered to the 10 selected artists

8000 €  TTC by artist

Deadline : 28.11.2022









Scheduled from 17th June to 17th September 2023, the sixteenth Horizons “Arts-Nature” en Sancy contemporary art event is to feature highly original plastic artworks of an ephemeral nature, created specifically for the Massif du Sancy.

The call for projects launched by the Sancy Tourist Office is for the creation of 10 artworks to be installed across the towns and villages of the Massif du Sancy local council community.

First and foremost, this event aims to be an enduring project with a regional flavour that will unite our communities and local cultural and tourism partners.

Horizons “Arts-Nature” en Sancy is a national-scale artistic event aimed at a wide audience of experienced art enthusiasts and novices alike. The exhibits will be installed at sites that help to highlight the natural surroundings.

Financial terms

Artistic remuneration: amount of €8,000 (including design, transport of materials, production, installation and dismantling of the work, travel, catering and accommodation of the selected artists).

  • The event is open to all artists without age limit, and to young talents (graduates for less than 2 years).
  • Number of candidates selected: 10.
The event

The originality of this event is that it features highly original plastic artworks of an ephemeral nature, created specifically for the Massif du Sancy. Each artist takes inspiration from the site to design a piece that specifically fits the region. This aspect is just as important as the artwork itself.

The aim of the event is to

  • Develop contemporary creation in Auvergne,
  • Allow the region to benefit from the vision and sensibility of professional artists,
  • Boost development of the culture and tourism sectors in the Massif du Sancy.

Target audience

  • Contemporary art enthusiasts,
  • Culture tourists,
  • Holidaymakers,
  • Passing visitors,
  • Local visitors (from the department or region).

Installation sites

  • Potential sites for the installation of the artworks will be chosen (via an exhaustive list) on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Aesthetic and artistic appeal

Natural sites

  • Variety of landscapes (peak, lake, forest, open space, etc.)
  • Visitor facilities in the vicinity (car park, rest area, etc.)

The sites are made available for the duration of the event. These may be private or municipal properties, with or without the presence of the owner/farmer. They consist mostly of farmland devoted to summer grazing with the presence of cattle, sheep or horses, or to crops that are cut during the season. It is therefore essential to take such constraints into account, which may mean avoiding disruption to local activity, protecting artworks with fences that are suitable for the animals concerned, or installing the exhibit at the spot where it will have the least impact on the farming activity. In order to best accommodate all of these considerations, a meeting is organised ahead of the installation period to discuss these points in detail and take decisions that comply with the needs of all concerned.

In terms of access times, the natural artwork exhibition sites remain open to the public non-stop on a 24/7 basis. The sites are freely accessible and are not supervised. Most sites are out in the countryside and have no power supply. If an energy supply is required (for lighting), it must be solar-powered.


The Tourist Office of Sancy organizes the event Horizons “Arts-Nature” with the objective of sublimating the territory through the creation of contemporary works while raising public awareness of art.

The Community of Municipalities of the Massif du Sancy was created in 2000 and included until 2016, 16 municipalities: La Bourboule, Chambon-sur-lac, Chastreix, Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues, Le Mont-Dore, Murat-le-Quaire, Murol, Picherande, Saint-Diery, Besse Saint-Anastaise/Super-Besse, Saint-Nectaire, Compains, Espinchal, Saint-Pierre Colamine, Saint-Victor-la-Rivière, Valbeleix. 

In January 2017, 4 new municipalities joined the territorial entity and extend the new creation perimeter: La Godivelle, Le Vernet Sainte Marguerite, Montgreleix and Saint Genès Champespe. The Sancy Tourist Office is responsible for community events.

Public partners

Private partners

  • La CCAS – Les activités sociales de l’énergie
    For the fourteenth consecutive year, the CCAS – the social activities of energy is a partner of Horizons “Arts-Nature” in Sancy as part of its cultural action policy, particularly in the direction of Plastic and Visual Arts.
    Télérama is also one of the event’s loyal partners since this sponsorship has existed for several years. It concerns distribution and communication in the Télérama Nationale edition, the Télérama events calendar, the guide to summer festivals on telerama.fr, the daily Télérama L’Espresso newsletter.

Located within the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park in the heart of Auvergne, the Massif du Sancy region (in the department of Puy-de-Dôme) has a strong geological, human and touristic identity. The Puy de Sancy (1,886m), the highest point in the Massif Central, towers over this vast natural region full of springs and sources, waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

Born from intense volcanic activity, this mid-altitude region has successfully showcased its water resources and mountainous contours through the development of spa centres and ski resorts. Up until the 18th century, people had no idea where volcanoes came from, although it was frequent to give them names that conjured hellish images of fire and flames, like “Cheminée du Diable” (Devil’s Chimney) and “Val d’Enfer” (Hell Valley).

The entire area is rich in sediments and minerals that were exploited by mountain dwellers very early on. They built houses from heavy lava stone and covered their roofs with stone slates (phonolite rock, from phonolite lava).

Here in this unspoilt region is where the Dordogne River takes its source, 1,350 metres above sea level. The Sancy massif is home to multiple wildlife species typically found in mid-mountain areas, including mouflons, chamois, marmottes, stoats and martens, not forgetting the Arctic char and signal crayfish found in Pavin Lake.

The entire mountain range is festooned with flowers: Martagon lily, yellow gentian (used to make spirits), wild pansy, narcissus and even a few carnivorous plants like the drosera and butterworts that grow in the peat bogs.


The climate can be harsh at times in the Sancy mountains, because of the altitude influence. Winters are long and cold. Snow frequently arrives in November and continues to fall until mid spring (May). The summer season is short and can bring heavy rain.

This mid-mountain geographical zone is the continent’s first natural barrier from the Atlantic Ocean in the West, which explains the strong winds and heavy rainfall. The wind can sometimes reach severe gale force.



  • Massif du Sancy Tourist Office
  • In partnership with the Community of Municipalities of the Massif du Sancy, the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the Departmental Council of Puy-de-Dôme, the Regional Natural Park of Volcans d’Auvergne, La CCAS – Social energy activities, TÉLÉRAMA…
  • The 2022 calls benefit from the support of the network of European Pepinieres of Creation
  • Visual credits (photo background of the call) : Symphonie Pastorale – Luc Doin Quentin, Bourguignon Marin, Delebecque. Credits Photos : Ludovic Combe – Horizons Arts Nature en Sancy 2022