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Visual Residency


Visual Residency

The Monash University Prato Centre (MUPC) Visual Residency Program highlights the University’s commitment to contemporary art, design and architecture and to building an international profile in creative practice and research.

From 2013, the MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the Monash Prato Centre and the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA). As a multi‐functional academic centre that actively engages with the local community, the Prato Centre facilitates links between Australia and the wider European scene. MADA is an integrative centre for creative production and cultural enrichment. As the University’s authority on visual culture, MADA’s practice-based research contributes to the physical and cultural sustainability of our communities. 

The MUPC Visual Residency Program offers established and emerging creative practitioners the opportunity to incubate new ideas, undertake research, and engage with local institutions and industry. 


The MUPC Visual Residency Program is particularly interesting from a number of cultural perspectives and can offer an endless array of activities for inspiration, education and professional development. Prato’s proximity to Tuscan historic sites such as Siena and Pisa (Medieval religious, intellectual, educational and arts centres) and Florence (Renaissance economic, religious, intellectual and arts centre) makes it a highly attractive location for a visual residency program. Other major cities in Italy are also within convenient reach such as Venice (Venice Biennale), Bologna, Rome and Milan.

Prato is an interesting and challenging location in and of itself from the perspective of migration studies, cultural studies, intercultural communication, and historic and contemporary economic relations and interactions. Prato is also home to the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, the Textile Museum, Renaissance art collections, and it is close to Fattoria Celle in Pistoia, home of the important Gori Collection of site-specific contemporary artworks.


The MUPC Visual Residency Program accepts applications from independent visual practitioners. Normally candidates will be selected through a competitive application process. The residency is aimed at Australian practitioners. On occasion, residencies may be awarded to international practitioners.


Start of June - Applications open
End of September - Applications close
Mid-December - Announcement of a successful applicant
Visual Residency period: September-November 

Application information for the 2020 residency is available here.

 2019 Visual Artist: Jon Campbell 

Respected Australian artist Jon Campbell has been selected as the Monash University Prato Centre (MUPC) Visual Resident Artist for 2019. 

From September to November 2019, Campbell will take up residency at the Monash Prato Centre. 

The MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the MUPC and Monash University’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture. It highlights the University’s commitment to contemporary art and to building an international profile in creative practice and research.

“The residency will provide me with the time and space to further develop my art practice with a concentrated focus on my fabric-based works, whilst engaging with the teaching program and of course the rich cultural, artistic and industrial surrounds of the Prato region,” Campbell said.

Over the past 12 years the artist’s work has focused on textiles. “The rich history of textile production in Prato will provide a stimulating environment in which to expand this aspect of my practise.”

“The Museo del Tessuto in Prato, will enable me to research their historic, embroidered and archaeological textile collections as well as their Prato fabric sample books,” he said.

“The workshop and textile production at Lottozero textile laboratories offers the possibility for a more practical component of the residency, to produce fabric banners.”

The residency timeline also offers the opportunity for the artist-in-residence to explore historic sites, galleries, museums and connect with other artists at Venice Biennale and Artissima Art Fair in Turin.

Born in Northern Ireland, Campbell moved to Australia at the age of three. He currently lives in Melbourne, where he studied painting and has over 30 years experience teaching in the cities art schools.

Information on the application process for the 2020 residency is available here.

Previous visual residents

2018 Damiano Bertoli, Australia
2017 Stuart Ringholt, Australia
2016 Charlie Sofo, Australia
2015 Laresa Kosloff, Australia
2014 Pat Foster & Jen Berean, Australia
2013 David Rosetzky, Australia
2012 Maree Clarke, Australia
2011 CAI Kequn, China
2010 Jo-Anne Duggan, Australia