Circolo Scandinavo, Rome: Open Call – Residence and Grant


Circolo scandinavo is happy to have the opportunity to offer 5 grants in the frame of Retake a place, reuse a space, a one-year cultural project supported by Kulturkontakt Nord. Through our collaboration with Stalker, a collective practice based in Rome, Circolo Scandinavo invites Nordic artists and researchers to join local inhabitants, artists, architects, and experts, for a collective exploration of unused or abandoned urban sites in the Eternal city.

The project aims to create connections between the specificity of the local situation and a global context from an ecological, social, cultural, and economic point of view. The artistic processes will be in the centre of a collective exploration producing interdisciplinary connections and allowing for unexpected meetings and new perspectives on crucial global challenges.

The residence is part of the local cultural project, La Zattera (The Raft) and the Scuola di urbanesimo nomade (School of Nomadic Urbanism), led by Stalker and part of the cultural season of the City of Rome. Participants from both the Nordic region and Italy will have the possibility to develop artistic projects and knowledge building, with focus on reuse of existing urban sites, in parallel with the activities offered by the cultural program of La Zattera. Spaces for work and study will be available at Circolo Scandinavo and Noworking, a studio managed by Stalker in the neighborhood San Lorenzo.

The situation of Rome will be used as a starting point because of its specific long history of reusing urban heritage, from monuments and historical events to small pieces of marble spolia in a church wall or ruins turned into parks and artificial landscapes. The project is a collaboration between Circolo Scandinavo, Stalker, South Iceland Biennal and Umeå school of architecture/UMARTS. Several collateral activities will take place on South Iceland and Umeå in 2022.

The residence will be organised in order to allow all participants to follow all restrictions and regulations linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and for all events cautionary measures will be taken by the organisers to avoid the circulation of the virus.
Duration of residency:

  • 6-8 weeks between  23 October and 18 December 2021

Expenses paid by the residency:

  • Travel costs (one trip in economy class max 400 euros)
  • Accommodation (single room in a shared apartment in proximity to the central areas where exploration will take place).
  • Grant 1500 euros/artist  (or group of artists)
  • Production costs decided together with organizers based on preliminary detailed budget and in relation to a shared global production budget 

Expenses paid by the artist:

  • Food
  • Supplies

Number of artists and researchers in residence at one time:
5 Nordic through this call (and local artists and experts).

What is expected from the participants?
Participants are asked to stay in Rome at least 6 weeks between 20 October and 20 December 2021 in an apartment shared with other participants.
Participants are asked to engage in the cultural project La Zattera by participating in the weekly appointments of Scuola Urbanesimo nomade organized by Stalker.
Participants are asked to give a presentation of their work or project at Circolo Scandinavo during their stay.
Participants are asked to hand in a short report/portfolio/documentation on their experience in Rome before 30 January 2022.
Participants engage to follow all restrictions and recommendations during their residence in Rome.

Who can apply?
Artists and researchers born and/or living and/or working in the Nordic region. Applicants can apply individually or collectively. The expenses paid by the residency will be applied on each application and in case of a collective application the fee will be shared by members of a group.

How to apply?
Applications should be made through the Jotform platform accessible on the website of
The selection is based on the applicant’s interest in the topic, former experience of collaborative work, diversity, and an overall balance in the group.
The selection is made by Circolo Scandianvo together with Stalker.

Application dead-line 3rd September.

All applicants will be informed on the selection on 6th September.

For more information, please contact

Who is organizing the residence?

Circolo Scandinavo has two major tasks; to run a modern residency program and to increase the visibility of Nordic culture and Nordic artists to an Italian audience. We aim to create a space where artists from different countries, professions, and backgrounds can meet and exchange ideas. 
Rome has for centuries been a source of inspiration for Nordic artists, having many of them as long-term guests in the eternal city. In the middle of the 19th century there were no less than three Nordic libraries in Rome. The Danish, the Swedish and the Norwegian libraries united in 1860, and Circolo Scandinavo per Artisti e Scienziati was founded. Circolo Scandinavo gained economic support from the Scandinavian governments and Finnish and Icelandic artists soon received membership in the association.

Circolo Scandinavo became an artist residency in the 1960’s and has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers since 1975. It has operated in several addresses in Rome, and since 2006 it has been located on Via della Lungara in a spacious apartment in the stately “Casino di Vigna” built in the 16th century.

Rome, Italy;;;

Stalker is a collective subject, found in 1995, that engages research and actions within the landscape with particular attention to the areas around the city’s margins and forgotten urban space, and abandoned areas or regions under transformation that are referred to here as “Actual Territories.”

Stalker promotes interventions based on the spatial practices of exploration, listening, relation and on creative interactions with the environment, its inhabitants and their “archives of memories”. These processes aim to generate social and environmental relations that are self-organised and evolve over time. The sensitive and dynamic mapping of territories and communities generated through these processes remains easy to access. These interventions promote knowledge sharing, collaborative projects and raise the awareness of communities towards their territory and their cultural environment.

La Zattera – the Raft. A drift between stories and imaginaries of the invisible city (Rome 1870-2020)

A public engagement project between artistic research and urban and social exploration. The goal of the 3-year- artistic project is the construction of a nomadic archive to collect the forgotten and invisible memories and stories of the subaltern people, mainly migrant, who has been crucial in the transformation of the city in the last 150 years when Rome became the capital of Italy.

The project is a research and training path where artists, citizens, experts, witnesses, and those who still today are inhabitants, characterized by an uncertain status of citizenship can meet. Thus, a common thread is traced that reconnects the stories of that suffering and dreamer Rome to explore its heritage and enhance its cultural history. The search for stories and places, the preparation of “Circumstances” as well as an artistic production becoming an open, transgenerational and transdisciplinary, reciprocal and informal training platform that we call SUN, School of Nomadic Urbanism, in which artists and researchers in residence will be involved.

Rome, Italy

In 2016, with other realities in the San Lorenzo district, Stalker created NoWorking, a space-time of art, convivial and playful, of experimenting with new artistic languages ​​and ways of relating and cultural and social transformation. At NoWorking, there is the Stalker archive, which collects documentation and projects from 25 years of artistic and cultural activity and research in the area, especially in Rome; The archive will be opened to consultation by Artists and researchers together with the large library, art, architecture, cultural studies, urban studies, environmental humanities, which is present in the space. NoWorking will be a point of reference for the artists and researchers during their residence in Rome.

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