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2020 Artist-in-Residence announced - Hayley Millar-Baker

Monash University is proud to announce Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker has been selected to be artist-in-residence at the Monash University Prato Centre in 2020.

For Australian artists, the residency program is an opportunity to sustain and deepen their practice and research, free from the distractions and duties of daily life.

The Monash Prato Music Festival 3-12 December

Across seven days and three locations, the 2019 Monash Prato Music Festival presents public jam sessions and concerts, featuring Hobby Horse Trio, Paolo Angeli and Monash students and staff.

The 2019 Monash Prato Music Festival kicks off on Tuesday 3 December at 9.15pm with a public jam session open to all musicians and involving Monash students and teaching staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

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.

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