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A special thank you to this year’s Selection Panel: Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Anna Colin, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Damiana Leoni and Marco Palmieri

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 

Please note that CASTRO is not an exhibition space.

 

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.

 

CASTRO does not provide housing and health insurance. Living expenses are to be entirely covered by the participating artists.

Foreign participating artists may be required to obtain a student visa and an official residence permit. More information can be found here (http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en) The participating artists themselves are responsible for all the necessary administration pertaining thereto and are required to reside in Rome during the months of the studio program.

 

SCHEDULE

Each year CASTRO can host up to 7 artists and 2 curators. Applications open twice a year: in November and in May. Artists may apply to participate for a duration of 4 or 8 months. Curators and researchers may apply to participate for a duration of 4 months. See the Award section for details. 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.

 

CRITERIA

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.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PARTICIPANTS

  • 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 of talks, seminars, workshops or round tables during the course of their stay

The Space: What is included and what isn't?

THE SPACE:

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

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

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Materials for the production of work
  • Computers for individual work
  • Exhibition space

 

***The studio is a work place only, not live/work

Fellowship Details

The Curator Fellowships
The Curator Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for a curator whose work shows exceptional merit and promise.
Duration: 4 months
Specific award criteria:

  • Applicants must show interest and ability to suggest interesting contributions to the public program. (Please note that CASTRO is not an exhibition space.)
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an intention, upon completion of the Scholarship, to work in Italy or otherwise contribute to the wider Italian artistic community.
  • Applicants must be able to show the importance of a studio program in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.

 

The Artist Fellowship
The Artist Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for an artist whose work shows exceptional merit and promise.
Duration: 8 months
Specific award criteria:

  • Applicants must show significant interest in collaborative studio environments.
  • Applicants must be able to show the importance of a studio program in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.

 

The Italian Fellowship
The Italian Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for an Italian artist whose work shows exceptional merit and promise.
Duration: 4 months
Specific award criteria:

  • Applicants must be Italian citizens, or of other nationality provided resident in Italy for at least four years in the last ten years.
  • Applicants must be at a significant juncture in their careers (usually early- to mid-career).
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an intention, upon completion of the Fellowship, to work in Italy or otherwise contribute to the wider Italian artistic community.
  • Applicants must be able to show the importance of a studio program in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.

 

The International Fellowship
The International Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for a foreign artist whose work shows exceptional merit and promise.
Duration: 4 months
Specific award criteria:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an intention, upon completion of the Scholarship, to work in Italy or otherwise contribute to the wider Italian artistic community.
  • Applicants must be able to show the importance of a studio program in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.

 

The Italian Emergent Contemporary Art Fellowship
The Italian Emergent Contemporary Art Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for an early-career Italian artist who has recently concluded Italian art education.
Duration: 4 months
Specific award criteria:

  • Artists must be one of the following:
    • Undergraduates in the final year of a degree in fine art at an Italian college
    • Postgraduates enrolled on a degree in fine art at an Italian college
    • Those who graduated from either an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree in fine art at an Italian college, in the 2018/19 academic year
    • Current participants on an alternative learning programme
    • Those completing an alternative programme of study within the last 12 months.
  • Applicants must be able to show the importance of a studio program in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.

Application Instructions

CASTRO Studio Program 2019/2020
Submission deadline: 14 July 2019 before 11pm
CASTRO studio program #03 starts on 14 October 2019

 

PREREQUISITES

  • Be aged between 23 and 35 years.
  • Speak english fluently.
  • No qualification is required to apply to CASTRO studio program. Although the applicant’s research trajectory should show a high level of development and motivation.
  • Candidates are expected to contribute in or to the activities of CASTRO as a whole. This interaction is seen as a crucial forum of exchange and development.

 

REQUIREMENTS

All applicants have to send the following material to info@castroprojects.it via WeTransfer:

  • Filled in application form (download from bottom of page).
  • A scan of ID card or passport.
  • Application Fees can be payed both via bank transfer to: GIGANT, IBAN: IT58R0326803210052800231390, BIC: SELBIT2B or through PayPalMe to: https://paypal.me/castroprojects?locale.x=it_IT  *Don’t forget to write your name and surname as Purpose of Payment
  • A presentation:
    • For artists: with recent work: pdf / max. 25 pages (numbered pages) / max. 65 MB. Each image must be accompanied by a description, max. 4 lines long, with the following info: title, material, date, additional contextualization. If you provide films/videos, please insert in your presentation one page per video containing a link, screenshot, title, date, length and a short description. Please provide short excerpts of max. 3 minutes, of videos longer than 10 minutes.
    • For curators: with recent exhibitions with links to published texts: pdf / max. 25 pages (numbered pages) / max. 65 MB.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae in English including a list of exhibitions, grants, scholarships, awards, commissions, etc.

If one or more of these items are missing the application will not be taken into consideration.

Past Selection Panel, Tutors, Seminar Leaders and Studio Visitors

THE SELECTION PANEL 2018/19

Last year the panel was formed by: Michael Archer, Will Benedict, Barbara CasavecchiaMaria Adele Del Vecchio, Alberto Di Fabio, John O’Doherty

 

PAST SEMINAR LEADERS, STUDIO VISITORS AND TUTORS

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).

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