Applications for CASTRO Studio Program are now closed.

We will open Applications for March-June 2022 Program in October.

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 Fellow offers CASTRO an image for its editions.


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 ( 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.



Each year CASTRO can host up to 8 artists and 2 researchers. Applications open in October. 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 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 fellows 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.



  • 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 one edition 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.
        *when active


Fellowships are articulated under 5 categories (click to know more):

  1. The Fideuram Research Fellowship
  2. The Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo Fellowship
  3. The Italian Fellowship
  4. The Citizens Fellowship
  5. The Emergent Fellowship

Applicants may apply to more than one Fellowship at a time.

Application fee is 15€ for one, 20€ for two or more Fellowships. Fees cover administration costs.

Please find further details, application instructions and forms below:



Note that links are active only when Calls are open.


A special thank you to this year’s Selection Panel: Yates Norton, Ola Hassanain, Leonardo Bigazzi, Anna Franceschini, Leopold Thun and Monster Chetwynd


The selection panel was composed by: Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Anna Colin, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Damiana Leoni and Marco Palmieri


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



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), Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Curator at Quadriennale di Roma, Rome), Ilaria Conti (Indipendent Curator and researcher at Centre Pompidou, Paris), Vasco Forconi (Indipendent Curator), Paola Capata (Director at Monitor Gallery, Rome-Lisbon), Marta Federici (Art Historian) Saverio Verini (Indipendent Curator), Alessandra Biscaro (Coordinator at Han Nefkens Foundation) Chiara Nuzzi (Assistant Curator ICA, Milano), Roberto Scalmana (Director di BalenoInternational, Roma), Paola Clerico (Founder and Curator at Case Chiuse, Milano), Zoe De Luca (Indipendent Curator e co-founder di Siliqoon Agency, Milano), Jose Gracis (Director at Galleria Mazzoleni), Shara Wasserman (Directer of Temple University Art Gallery), Damiana Leoni (Italy VIP Representative, Art Basel), Matteo Binci (Independent Curator), Lorenzo Gigotti (Head of Content and co-founder of NERO)




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