Circolo Scandinavo offers a unique and inspiring environment for Nordic artists who need a place to focus on their work and find inspiration. It is possible to apply for one month up to six months, and the application period opens in February each year. Each year over 300 artists from all the Nordic countries apply for residency at Circolo Scandinavo. There are seven studio apartments in the residency. The artists also have access to a music studio and a separate working space for visual artists.
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. Circolo Scandinavo organizes monthly events and artist talks in order to promote the Nordic artists in Rome.
The Director has the overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the residence, and since Septemer 2012 is Ingo Arnason (Iceland) director. Arnason has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in theatre directing from the Accademia Nazionale D'Arte Drammatica "Silvio D'Amico". Arnason has for many years worked in the theatre and opera field.
The director is assisted by a trainee from Finland. The internship is supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. The Board members also participate actively in the operations of the residency.
Circolo Scandinavo has about 200 members today. The artists-in-residence receive membership for two years.