Applications for CASTRO Studio Program (March to June 2020) are now closed.

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 ( 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 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.



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.



  • 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


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

  1. The Research Fellowship
  2. The Artist Fellowship
  3. The Italian Fellowship
  4. The International Fellowship
  5. The Emergent Artist 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 will be active only when Calls are open.


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).




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