Applications for CASTRO Studio Program are open.

 

CASTRO offers 4 fellowships that go from the 6th of September to the 20th of December 2022.

Application deadline: 8 March 2022, 12:00 (noon) CET

 

Please find below:

1) Requirements

2) Fellowship Details

3) Terms of participation 

 

          1) Requirements 

  • There are no age restrictions.
    However, being an educational Program it is recommended for artists aged between 22 and 35
  • Good knowledge of the English language. All the activities of the Program will be in English.
  • No academic qualification is required.
    However, the research trajectory of applicants must demonstrate a high level of quality and motivation.
  • Presence for the whole period of the Fellowship. Fellows are expected to participate to all CASTRO weekly activities.
  • Possession of valid vaccination certification.

 

          2) Fellowship details

         2.1 THE EXTENDED MEDIA FELLOWSHIP

The Extended Media Fellowship is an opportunity for artists working with unconventional media (interdisciplinary approach to art that includes, but is not limited to: video, sound, socially engaged projects, performance, and site-specific projects) who intend to bring their artistic practice to Rome.

CASTRO offers the Extended Media Fellow a studio, educational activities and pedagogical guidance. The studio is intended as a workplace, it is not possible to live at CASTRO. Fellows will have regular meetings with a tutor who will follow their research and regular meetings with other fellows and with the CASTRO Team. As CASTRO offers a one-to-one program the Team members will plan the educational activities (studio visits, field trips, tutorials, group tutorials, CRITS) together with the Fellow during individual meetings.

During their stay at CASTRO, fellows may suggest to organize an artist’s talk/lecture/public presentation, either to present their practice or as a further research tool. The CASTRO team will evaluate the proposals, agreeing on the possible budget and the modalities of the event.

Specific criteria:

  • Candidates must demonstrate a significant interest in collaborative working contexts.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the importance of a Studio Program in Rome to their practice; they must be enthusiastic about the opportunity to share the experience with the CASTRO community.
  • Candidates must have an artistic research mostly related to informal and unconventional media.

The application fee is 15€

Apply here

 

          2.2 ROARK FELLOWSHIP

The ROARK fellowship is a unique opportunity for artists with proven ties to Italian institutions or to Italy in general and want to develop their artistic practice in Rome.

The Fellowship takes its name from the patron, ROARK, who will play an important role in the selection of the Fellowship holder, after pre-selection by the jury members. CASTRO offers the ROARK Fellow a studio, educational activities and pedagogical guidance together with the opportunity to produce an edition for ROARK. The studio is intended as a workplace, it is not possible to live at CASTRO. Fellows will have regular meetings with a tutor who will follow their research and regular meetings with other fellows and with the CASTRO Team. As CASTRO offers a one-to-one program the Team members will plan the educational activities (studio visits, field trips, tutorials, group tutorials, CRITS) together with the Fellow during individual meetings.

During their stay at CASTRO, fellows may suggest to organize an artist’s talk/lecture/public presentation, either to present their practice or as a further research tool. The CASTRO team will evaluate the proposals, agreeing on the possible budget and the modalities of the event.

Specific criteria:

  • Candidates must be Italian or demonstrate a strong connection to Italy.
  • Candidates must demonstrate the intention to work in Italy or in any case to contribute to the Italian artistic community once they have completed their program at CASTRO.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the importance of a studio program in Rome to their practice; they must be enthusiastic about the opportunity to share the experience with the CASTRO community.
  • Candidates are expected to be available for studio visits and/or meetings with the patron.
  • Candidates are expected to produce an edition for ROARK. Terms and production costs will be discussed with the patron upon the Fellow’s arrival in Rome.

The application fee is 15€

Apply here

 

         2.3 THE STELLA SCARPELLINI FELLOWSHIP

The Stella Scarpellini Fellowship is an opportunity for international artists who want to bring their artistic practice to Rome.

The Fellowship takes its name from her patron, Stella Scarpellini, who will play an important role in the selection of the Fellowship holder, after pre-selection by the jury members. CASTRO offers the Stella Scarpellini Fellow a studio, educational activities and pedagogical guidance. The studio is intended as a workplace, it is not possible to live at CASTRO. Fellows will have regular meetings with a tutor who will follow their research and regular meetings with other fellows and with the CASTRO Team. As CASTRO offers a one-to-one program the Team members will plan the educational activities (studio visits, field trips, tutorials, group tutorials, CRITS) together with the Fellow during individual meetings.

During their stay at CASTRO, fellows may suggest to organize an artist’s talk/lecture/public presentation, either to present their practice or as a further research tool. The CASTRO team will evaluate the proposals, agreeing on the possible budget and the modalities of the event.

Specific criteria:

  • Candidates must be of a nationality other than Italian and must demonstrate an intention to work in Italy or in any case to contribute to the Italian artistic community once they have completed their program at CASTRO.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the importance of a studio program in Rome to their career; they must be enthusiastic about the opportunity to share the experience with the CASTRO community.
  • Candidates are expected to be available for studio visits and/or meetings with the patron.

The application fee is 15€

Apply here

 

        2.4 THE EMERGENT FELLOWSHIP

The Emergent Fellowship is an opportunity for artists who have recently completed their artistic studies in Italy, or who are at the beginning of their studio practice, and intend to develop their artistic practice in Rome.

CASTRO offers the Emergent Fellow a studio, educational activities and pedagogical guidance. The studio is intended as a workplace, it is not possible to live at CASTRO. Fellows will have regular meetings with a tutor who will follow their research and regular meetings with other fellows and with the CASTRO Team. As CASTRO offers a one-to-one program the Team members will plan the educational activities (studio visits, field trips, tutorials, group tutorials, CRITS) together with the Fellow during individual meetings.

During their stay at CASTRO, fellows may suggest to organize an artist’s talk/lecture/public presentation, either to present their practice or as a further research tool. The CASTRO team will evaluate the proposals, agreeing on the possible budget and the modalities of the event.

Specific criteria:

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have completed their studies at Italian Universities, or alternative training programmes in the academic year 2020/2021 or will complete them by July 2022. For those who have not completed academic studies, the CV/portfolio will be considered to evaluate the artists’ suitability for the Emergent Fellowship.
  • Candidates must have the intention of working in Italy or otherwise contributing to the Italian artistic community once they have completed their studies at CASTRO.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the importance of a Studio Program in Rome to their practice; they must be enthusiastic about the opportunity to share their experience with the CASTRO community.

The application fee is 15€

Apply here

 

         PLEASE NOTE:

-The CASTRO Team might make a pre-selection in case application numbers are above expectations.

-Candidates are invited to be available for a possible online interview between the 3rd and the 5th of May 2022.

-Selected candidates will be contacted by the 17th of May to inform them of the application outcome and will have until the 31st of May to confirm their participation to the Program.

-In case application numbers are above expectations CASTRO reserves the right to notify only successful applicants.

-In return and in lieu of paying fees each Fellow is asked to offer CASTRO an image which will be produced by the Team into limited edition posters aimed to crowdfund and sold to the public through ROARK.it.

-It is possible to apply for one or more scholarships. The fee required to apply for one fellowship is €15; €20 for two or more fellowships. Fees cover selection administration and management costs. Payments must be made via bank transfer to: Associazione GIGANT, IBAN: IT58R0326803210052800231390, BIC: SELBIT2B. *Please write your NAME_SURNAME_CASTRO06 in the payment description box.


-If the applicant is successful, the jury reserves the right to award a fellowship other than the one selected in the application form.

-Members of the jury will be announced by February 2022.

*Please note that the Studio Program and the Public Programme may be subject to change in accordance with the provisions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of the Studio Program Fellowships this year CASTRO offers permanent opportunities.

 

          Permanent opportunities:

These Fellowships are not subject to specific timings and therefore have no deadline. However they are subject to availability. The selection for this opportunity will be conducted exclusively by the CASTRO Team.

         2.5 THE CASTRO FELLOWSHIP

This fellowship is an opportunity for artists based in Rome who need a studio to work in.
This fellowship does NOT involve the activities of the CASTRO Studio Program and is only meant as an offer of a work space. This fellowship provides a studio at CASTRO. A fixed monthly fee of €250 is required for the studio, equivalent to 50% of the cost of the studio. The fee will be fully reinvested in the CASTRO Program. The aim of this fellowship is to foster the local community, encouraging the artist to work in the studio and to be in daily dialogue with other artists and with the CASTRO Program at large.

The selection for this opportunity will be conducted exclusively by the CASTRO Team. A minimum stay of 2 months is required. (Starting from September 2022). This fellowship is NOT subject to the deadline of the open call, therefore applications may be received at any time during the year.

N.B No fee is required to apply for this fellowship

Apply here

 

          2.6 THE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

This fellowship is meant for researchers based in Rome or intending to travel for research in Rome. This fellowship does NOT involve the activities of the CASTRO Studio Program and is intended exclusively as an offer of a work space.
However, proposals for activities involving CASTRO fellows are welcome. The Team is also available to organize studio visits with Rome-based artists.

CASTRO offers free desk space for a period of 1 to 4 months at CASTRO. (Starting from September 2022). This is an opportunity for researchers who are working on a project related to, or in connection with, the city of Rome or with CASTRO and need a space to develop it. This fellowship does not have a regular interval and is subject to submitted proposals. The selection for this opportunity will be conducted exclusively by the CASTRO Team and reserves the right not to award the opportunity in the event that the projects submitted are not suitable.

This fellowship is NOT subject to the deadline of the open call, therefore applications may be received at any time during the year.

N.B No fee is required to apply for this fellowship. 

Apply here

2020/2021 SELECTION PANEL

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

2019/2020 SELECTION PANEL

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

2018/2019 SELECTION PANEL

The selection panel was composed 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), 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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