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Exhibit A and Things That Don’t Matter: Design and Fine Art students’ final exhibitions

Monash Design students at Centro Pecci
After two months studying at the Monash Prato Centre, Monash students of Design, Fine Art, Visual Art and Art Curating displayed their final works in two exhibitions in Prato in October.

The main focus of the projects presented by the group of students participating in this year’s Design Semester Program, led by Dr Vince Dziekan and taught in conjunction with Andy Murray, Amelie Scalercio, Myriam Diatta and Kylie Brown, was the creation of a self-reflective personal archive. During their eight weeks of study which included an immersive research studio held in association with the Venice Biennale, along with field trips to Milan, San Gimignano and Siena, students were challenged to collect, record and process materials to document their intellectual, creative

Youth in the City: Nuovi Sguardi su Prato

A pop-up exhibition to discover Prato through the eyes of 48 young urban explorers.

On 5 October 2019 forty-eight students from eight different high-schools of Prato reclaimed their city and presented their unique perspectives on it, exhibiting in the Officina Giovani space the works they created over a five-days’ creative workshop on their relationship with the city and with the different cultures and languages that traverse it.

100 people at Prato alumni film event in Melbourne

Image of film protagonists sitting on the floor in conversation
About 100 alumni, staff and friends gathered for the third edition of the annual Monash Prato Alumni Lavazza Italian Film Festival Event on Friday 11 October 2019.

We enjoyed spending time with Monash Prato Alumni at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra (Melbourne) during the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. 

Prato alumni, staff and friends caught up over an aperitivo before a private screening of the comedy Ti presento Sofia (Let me introduce you to Sofia).

“It is always inspiring to meet Monash Prato Alumni and to find out where their Prato study experience has taken them since graduating from Monash,” said Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director of the Monash University Prato Centre. 

2019 edition of Arts Semester in Prato

The third edition of the Arts Semester in Prato program starts on Monday 30 September with a new cohort of students who will be studying here for up to three months.

We welcome new students from Monash Arts who will be studying and living in Prato for one to three months. 

Students can choose from a wide variety of units, all of which have strong links to Tuscany, Italy and/or Europe. The subjects include Italian language and culture, cinema, human rights, history and politics. For the first time, they can study the development of Italian crime fiction with the new unit ‘Crime in Italian popular culture’. 

Prosper as a Pratese!

Monash Prato local initiatives
Live as a local – get to know Prato

We encourage students to live as a local during their stay in Prato, to experience first-hand local Italian traditions and everyday life. As we prepare to welcome the next cohort of students at the end of September, the Monash Prato Centre is also preparing to offer students the opportunity to engage with the city and its people.

Cinema Under the Stars in the Emperor’s Castle - Thursday 5 September 9.30pm

Boy Erased - Vite Cancellate. Directed by Joel Edgerton, with Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, Flea, Joe Alwyn.

As part of the PratoEstate 2019 summer programme, Monash students, visitors and the local community are invited to attend a special open-air screening of the 2018 Australian film Boy Erased on Thursday 5 September 2019 at 9.30pm. 

The film tells the story of Jared, growing up in a small-town Baptist family.  After being outed gay to his family, the film follows his struggles and pressure to attend conversion therapy, and his journey to self-acceptance.

A home away from home

The Monash Prato Homestay Program

Living with a host family is a great opportunity to make your study abroad experience more well-rounded, enjoyable, and even life-changing. This is why we started the Monash Prato Homestay Program in 2017.

So far this year four students from Monash Law and the Monash Business School have taken part in the Homestay Program, experiencing life with a local family in Prato, becoming part of the family’s everyday life, learning more about Italian culture (and some Italian language!) and sharing their culture with the family in return.

Seeing the sites

From the Ferrari factory to the largest food park in the world

Some say that seeing is believing. Our students from Arts, IT, Science, Business and Economics, and Art, Design and Architecture, who studied in Prato over the months of June and July this year, got out and about visiting museums, factories, organisations and fairs in Prato, Florence, Maranello and Bologna. Site visits are one way that you can learn first-hand about the subject you are studying and they are an important feature of many of the study programs we offer at the Monash Prato Centre. 

Despite the heat, studying in Prato has never been so cool!

June ended with the last classes of the 2019 Prato Law program.

For three months,184 law students from six different countries (Australia, Israel, Canada, France, United States and India) studied together in Prato, enhancing their knowledge of international humanitarian law, European human rights, international refugee law, among other subjects.

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