CASTRO is a space for artistic and collaborative learning that is free, inclusive and versatile.
 Every year we offer emerging artists and curators from Italy and the world the opportunity to join this community and work in Rome for 4 or 8 months. Award-holders receive a workspace together with development opportunities to successfully transition from education into professional practice.

CASTRO Studio Program


The Studio Program is a free development program offering a critical, informal, non-competitive environment in which to develop one’s practice and expand one’s network. The program focuses on individual practices while encouraging collective decision-making regarding the space and the curriculum alongside collaboration in production of work and editions. It is open to Italian and International visual artists and curators under 35. The programme is not accredited and does not confer any award, e.g.BA

CASTRO offers:

  • 24/7 access to a studio space
  • structured critical conversations through Studio Visits
  • the opportunity to contribute to a public program of workshops and events around their practice and shared interests
  • monthly tuition and pastoral support
  • critical and practical support

Tuition is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars, group crits, group tutorials and excursions. In return and in lieu of paying fees each Abitante gives the equivalent of one day each month to devise, run or assist with public events and activities.



Each year CASTRO can host up to 7 artists and 2 curators. Applications will open on the 26 of May and close on the 5th of July. Artists may apply to participate for a duration of 16 weeks or 8 months. Curators may apply to participate for a duration of 16 weeks. See the Award section for details. The application procedure opens in May and in October. The admission committee is composed of international visiting lecturers from a variety of backgrounds. After evaluation and careful deliberation based on the submitted portfolios, the committee decides upon the admission of the applicant before end of July and December. The selected candidates will be notified by email and a shortlist will be published on CASTRO website.



CASTRO aims to bring together diverse voices. Therefore we encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds both with and without formal training.  We actively look for a critical mindset open to debates and discussions around art. Prospective abitanti are selected on the following criteria: demonstration of commitment to chosen art form and quality of ideas; a recognised need to access free and non-conventional education; willingness to work collaboratively, be self directed and to work with members of the public.



  • 24/7 studio space
  • A 50sqm conference room
  • Internet access
  • Electricity
  • Kitchenette and WC



  • Materials for the production of work
  • Computers for individual work
  • The studio is a work place only, not live/work



  • willingness to think through the possibilities of such a program by providing feedback and development ideas
  • willingness to encourage others’ practice by contributing to crits
  • willingness to be present in the studios on a regular basis
  • willingness to develop a series of editions for CASTRO
      • for artists: willingness to challenge their practice through presenting in crits and in an artist talk at least once in the course of their stay
      • for curators: willingness to propose, develop and run a small public program during the course of their stay


Allison Grimaldi-Donahue (Writer), Adrienne Drake (Director and Curator at Fondazione Giuliani), Samuel Gross (Head Curator at Istituto Svizzero), Francesco Buonerba (Independent Curator), Carolina Ongaro (Director at Jupiter Woods, London), Ilaria Gianni (Independent Curator), Maria Alicata (Curator at Fondazione Baruchello), Attilia Fattori Franchini (Independent Curator), Flaminia Bonfiglio (Artist), Ilaria Leoni (Director at Ermes-Ermes), CAMPO (Curator Class at Fondazione Re Rebaudengo), Young Curators Residency Programme from Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Associazione Giovani Collezionisti, Bianca Stoppani (Independent Curator), Georgia Stellin (Independent Curator), Carla Chiarchiaro (Director at Ada), Antonio Valentino, Marco Altavilla (Director at T293), Giulia Floris (Assitant Curator at Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este), Luca Lo Pinto (Curator at Kunsthalle Wien), Adriana Gellini and Linda Jensen (Director at Last Tango), Hugh Mulholland (Curator at MAC, Belfast), Manuela Pacella (Independent Curator), Michele Bertolino (Independent Curator and co-Founder of Il Colorificio, Milano), Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Curatore della Quadriennale di Roma).



The selection panel was composed by: Michael Archer, Will Benedict, Barbara CasavecchiaMaria Adele Del Vecchio, Alberto Di Fabio, John O’Doherty




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