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Open Call “Care in a World We Share with Others/Caring in a Precarious World” | Residency 2022 at the Museo delle Civiltà






The Museo delle Civiltà announces an open call for a residency and the production of a project on the topic “Care in a World We Share with Others/Caring in a Precarious World”

Deadline: submission of applications until February 20, 2022

Taking Care Project description

The residency will take place in the framework of the European Project Taking Care - Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Museums of Ethnography and World Cultures are holding a great number of collections originating from societies whose members today are involved in social, political or ecological struggles. How can they be activated to address the twinned concerns of planetary precarity and the precarity of plural societies? In what ways can they shape more democratic and equitable futures mobilising their collections and (difficult) histories? And how might they help in challenge rising exclusionary politics based in anxiety around others?

Within this context, the Museo delle Civiltà is committed to exploring the connections between its ethnographic collections and questions regarding the climate crisis, the Anthropocene and issues related to the afterlives of colonialism.

The call is addressed to activists, artists, researchers, or cultural actors and creatives similarly engaged in contemporary efforts and interested in museum collections as sources of inspiration.

Thematic focus

The research of the residency will be based on the “Mostra campionaria” (Trade Fair) section of the former Colonial Museum of Rome, opened in 1923 and closed in the 70s, and currently in storage at the Museo delle Civiltà.

The collections of the Colonial Museum of Rome – a museum of colonial propaganda, whose main narrative was the exaltation of the Italian enterprises in Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia – are characterized by a strong heterogeneity of objects and sections: ethnographic, artistic, archaeological, colonial history, trade, and commodities compose a contested and difficult heritage. (Please see the Dossier on the history of the Colonial Museum on the Museo delle Civiltà website).

The “Mostra campionaria” section contains, among others, several samples of comestible goods, raw and processed materials, woods, stones, furs, and seeds. All these materials have been taken from the Italian colonies and constantly exposed in colonial fairs in Italy (and Europe) before and after entering the Colonial Museum of Rome. This section also contains finished products such as hats, bags, shoes, buttons, made for the Italian/European taste of the time.

The objects of the “Mostra campionaria” address forms of colonial exploitation and commercial propaganda. The purpose was to spread knowledge of the products and manufactures of the colonies in order to make trade relations between the mother country and the colonies easier and more profitable. The existence of these materials, and their history, is a direct result of a series of exploitations, predations, fetishization, and of a patriarchal relationship between Italy and the colonies. In addition, this collection addresses issues concerning environmental justice, and how the world has been permanently scarred by human impact.​

Given these premises, within the residency “Care in a World We Share with Others/Caring in a Precarious World” it will be important to investigate the contradictions concerning the term curate, as well as preservation (of art, heritage, memories, environment). The verb “to curate” (from Latin cura, “take care”) can express ambivalent meanings, especially if it is framed within the context of the former Colonial Museum of Rome, which require the adoption of postcolonial and decolonial approaches and perspectives. Among the various collections that compose the museum, the commodities section can cover a specific role in understanding the ambiguity of the term curating, leading us back to topics that have to do with the Anthropocene, colonialism, environmental exploitation, capitalism, and gender issues.

Starting from these considerations, together with the materials and products in the collection, the resident is invited to develop a personal output coherently with the objectives of the call.


  • To engage in an intensive dialogue with museum professionals (and visitors) through the creation of different and critical perspectives.
  • To experiment with innovative forms of connecting ethnographic narratives with socio-political or environmental issues.
  • To find new ways to inspire and interest the public.
  • To enhance a spectrum of perceptions and glances on the issues related to the heritage of colonialism.
  • To develop a discourse, through various devices, able to involve a heterogeneous audience about the issues related to the interconnection between the ethnographic collections and the awareness of the colonial practice.
  • To deploy an original perspective on the role and the legacy of an ethnographic collection in the contemporary world.


  • Project’s submission: not later than February 20, 2022
  • Communication of the results: by the end of April 2022
  • Residency in Rome: between September 2022 and the ending of October 2022 + 1 week in January 2023 
  • Presentation of the final result of the resident’s work: January 2023


The creative result should be site- and context-specific: conceived and produced in the framework of the dialogue between museum curators, the collections, and the resident’s inspiration, poetics, and politics.

The output will be presented in the temporary experimental exhibition which will open as part of the Taking Care Project in January 2023. It could also be exhibited in the Museo delle Civiltà and/or future events.

The Museo delle Civiltà will cover all the production costs of the project whose output will be acquired by the Museum as part of its collections. Conditions and terms will be defined in the formal agreement (see “Selection methods, terms, and conditions”).

Presentation of the work in the form of a talk, conversation, or performance is expected (see also “Additional opportunities and expectations”).

What we expect

  • Applications by activists, artists, researchers, or cultural actors and creatives that can embed and provide a direct perspective on the issues related to colonialism and decolonisation.
  • Commitment to stay continuously in Rome within the months of September and October 2022 and to set up the output and attend its presentation in January 2023.
  • The active participation in the Museum’s life within the months of the residency in Rome.
  • The production of a creative and original output that will be able to develop and enhance perspective, thoughts, and reflection about the themes described.
  • The possibility to use and exhibit the output and the documents produced within the residency for the Museum’s activities, such as publications, social and media reproduction, and exhibitions within the framework of the Taking Care Project.
  • The possibility to use the output in permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Museo delle Civiltà.
  • The selected applicant will be featured on the Museum’s as well as on the Taking Care Project’s websites and in social media posts. Some form of interaction with the public, whether it be through public lectures, workshops, outreach initiatives, or other public engagement initiatives is required throughout the residency.

Eligibility criteria

The residency is addressed to individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria.

The call is open - but not limited to:

  • professional activists, artists, researchers, or cultural actors and creatives with a background in museum practices, visual art, architecture, literature, design, and music;
  • activists, artists, researchers, or cultural actors and creatives with a structural background and experience on the themes proposed in this call;
  • activists, artists, researchers, or cultural actors and creatives able to deploy a personal perspective on the issues and the themes involved within the project as a whole, such as colonialism, decolonisation, imperialism, racism, etc.

The call is open to collectives or teams even if accommodation and fee have to be shared.

The Museo delle Civiltà actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of colour, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability.

What we offer

Stipend and other support

  • Residency stipend September and October 2022: € 4.000,00 in total, presence required*
  • Fee for the completed project: € 4.000,00
  • Production costs will be reimbursed for a maximum amount up to € 2.500,00 (under submission of corresponding list of invoices and copies)
  • Any purchased equipment will remain with the Museo delle Civiltà. The fee includes the transfer/cession of publication and production rights to Museo delle Civiltà.

* Due to the pandemic, the Museo delle Civiltà cannot guarantee the selected applicant an on-site residency. Despite the extenuating circumstances, the Museo delle Civiltà is committed to offering all necessary support to the selected applicant. The terms of the residency details will be defined in accordance with the health measures in effect in August 2022.

Facilities and Services

  • Accommodation for up to two people in a single apartment.
  • Travel costs to and from Rome (economy class) for the residency.
  • Accepted residency applicant will be provided with a space to work inside the Museum.
  • Access to the collections, archive and library of the Museo delle Civiltà as a place for the co-production of knowledge

Additional opportunities and expectations

  • There will be a welcome reception for the selected applicant at the beginning of the residency and an open studio day for the general public at the end of the residency.
  • The Museum staff will provide introductions to the sectors of Museo delle Civiltà, in an effort to enrich the resident’s experience.
  • The participation in the heterogeneous activities deployed by the Museo delle Civiltà within the residency period, such as lectures, seminars, conferences about various themes of which the resident will be aware in advance.
  • The possibility to face and to work on storages containing collections and objects related to the Italian colonial history.

Selection methods, terms and conditions

The selection process will be carried out by an international jury comprised of Museo delle Civiltà staff and outside jurors.

Only one application will be selected. The selected applicant will be notified by e-mail at the end of April 2022.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:  

  • Formal, aesthetic and conceptual quality - score |0-5|
  • Consistency with the  theme - score |0-5|
  • Feasibility in terms of sustainable, spatial and economic impacts - score |0-5|
  • Assessment of CV and Portfolio - score |0-5|

The international jury will sort a list by a decreasing score. The final merit ranking and the nomination of the selected applicant will be published on the Museo delle Civiltà’s web site. In case of non-adhesion by the selected applicant, the jury will appoint a new candidate from the list, respecting the descending order.

Individual feedback on the selection results will not be possible.

The exact terms and conditions of the residency will be subject to a formal agreement between the selected applicant and the Museo delle Civiltà.

Applicants approve that their personal data will be stored and processed as a part of the application process. Revision or contestation of the jury decision is not possible. There is no legal entitlement to the award of the residency. Costs for preparatory work of the application will not be covered.

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3rd Edition


Passepartout Photo Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing 1,000 euros in monetary awards every year, exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy, publication opportunities and more. 


Among the jurors are the american photographer Richard Tuschman, World Press Photo Awards winner Laura Pannack and professionals from different backgrounds that bring various perspectives into our selection process.


This is a perfect platform to start your career in contemporary art and photography industries on an international scale.

Every year, we announce multiple calls for entries and select a winner of each edition who will be awarded 500 euros. Plus, all the participants will have another chance to be selected for our annual collective exhibition and the annual catalogue. 


It is an open theme contest. Photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes, digital collages and other mixed media) are accepted.

The application is open to photographers from all over the world without any age limit.

Passepartout embraces innovative and original approaches to contemporary photography.

We welcome various artistic languages applied to the photographic image, including, but not limited to, experimentation and fusion of different genres.


The annual exhibition takes place in Rome, Italy, for two weeks to be seen. The exhibition will be hosted by 28 Piazza di Pietra Gallery, an international fine art gallery specialized in contemporary art of both emerging and established international artists. The gallery is located in the historic center of Rome where local and international visitors and art collectors gather. This modern gallery beautifully integrated and built on the ancient ruin of the Hadrian Temple structure is an impeccable site to display artworks of many genres.




Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros

Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective annual exhibition in Rome, Italy

Catalogue Prize: Featuring in our annual publication

Sponsored Prizes:

Fuori Gamut Prize - Large-format print of your work 

CSF Adams Prize - Portfolio review and workshop



Entry fee: 18 euros (for 3 photographs) – you can submit up to 7 photographs with additional 4 euros per piece.

Submission Deadline: July 26th, 2021

Theme: Open theme - photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes) are accepted.

Announcement of the Winners:  September 2021

Announcement of the photographer selected for the exhibition and catalogue: Spring 2022

Passepartout Annual Exhibition:  Fall 2022

Organized by: Il Varco Srls

Partner Gallery: 28 Piazza di Pietra – Fine Art Gallery (Rome, Italy)

Sponsors: Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia (CSF) Adams, Fuori Gamut – officina di stampa fine art, Greyout Studio, Rosini Cornici

Prizes Details: 


Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros

Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective annual exhibition in Rome, Italy

Catalogue Prize: Featuring in our annual publication

Sponsored Prizes:

Fuori Gamut Prize - Large-format print of your work 

CSF Adams Prize - Portfolio review and workshop


Entry Fee:

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Contemporary Guides in the city of ROMA for





Looking for local based in ROMA to perform contemporary art guide conference on art galleries, arts & crafts tours 

to join guides crew starting to be build out.... Whatever your age or degree, be Local loving your city, having a good knowledge in the Roma contemporary art scene, arts and crafts, let's get in touch to meet soon and see if you can join the team. Important : The guide activity is based on donation. The content is built already to deploy the major guidelines, the follow up in the city and contribute on later developments.

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Arts in Rome Prize 2020






1000 EURO CASH PRIZE - Third Edition!




Free theme

The first 10 selected works will participate in the exhibition which will take place as a Final Event in Rome by 2020 and which will serve for the evaluation by the Curatorial Committee for the assignment of the Final Prize for each section:

I. Figurative painting
II. Abstract painting

This Art Exhibition will bring many experts and professionals to the city, presenting an opportunity for visibility by influential personalities in the sector. Gallery owners, art consultants and art lovers will be invited. An inauguration reception will be held for the artists on display for an evening dedicated to the recognition of art and social contacts.

The Arts in Rome Cultural Association announces the third edition of the contemporary figurative and abstract pictorial art competition with the aim of promoting and enhancing art and giving artists of all ages the opportunity, as long as they are of age, genre and origin, to emerge.

Fundamental selection criteria will be the quality, originality and contemporaneity of the work. By originality we also mean the use of own and original references such as photos, images, etc … Any support can be used for the realization of the works (paper, cardboard, various metals, aluminum, copper, iron, wood, etc. .. provided they do not exceed 3 kg in weight). All painting techniques are admitted in general both for abstract and figurative except sculpture or photography.

The works admitted to the final phase must be accompanied by a frame, with hangers already attached, which do not exceed 10 cm in width with respect to the work itself; the works must be identified on the back with: title of the work, name and surname of the author, description of the technique, title and year of execution of the work;

The works must have net dimensions not exceeding 100 cm in width and 100 cm in height.

Prizes Details: 

30 Euro - 1 Artwork
45 Euro - 2 Artwork
60 Euro - 3 Artwork

.Participate in winning the prize with the nominated artwork
.Exhibition in Rome in 2020
.Published catalog


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
30 Euro
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Il Varco srls creates and organizes the first edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a six-monthly online photography prize with cash prize, which will end with an annual exhibition of some of the finalists artists chosen by the art director. The date of the exhibition at 28 Piazza di Pietra gallery in Piazza di Pietra, Rome, in 2021 will be communicated later on the website and by updating the present call. Photographic works of all sizes are admitted. The competition is open to artists without limitation of age or place of origin.

Submission for the prize has a variable cost and is articulated in the following way: the basic submission fee is 15 euros and allows the registration of 3 photographs. It is possible to register additional photos up to a maximum of seven in total by paying an additional price of 2 euros for each extra photography. If the payment of the registration fee has been made correctly, within 72 hours the works sent via the form on the website will be judged by the jurors, who will communicate to the artist the eventual passage to the final of one or more works entered.

You can submit single, separated shots or more shots belonging to a single project. In that case please put in the description the description of the project itself.

The finalists will be inserted in the on-line gallery on the website indefinitely and will be able to compete for the winning of a six-monthly prize of € 500 that will always be awarded to a single picture. All the finalists will remain among the selectable artists for the annual exhibition in Rome.
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Prizes Details: 

Cash prize, exhibition in a gallery in the Rome's city center.


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Call for Artists // Opening 2019





WeTilt is an online art collective platform based in Rome looking for artists to

exhibit and sell their artwork on our website that will be launched in

August 2019.


This website has been created to promote museum quality

prints from independent artists encouraging their artistic value

while engaging the public to explore and collect artworks.


We are looking for amateur and professional independent

artists and photographers working all over the world to join

our collective.


There is not a specific theme for this call and all artworks will

be taken into consideration by WeTilt. 

Participating in 

Please consider that all

artworks need to be fit for print.


Entry Fee:

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