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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 2019 residency is available here.


2018 Selected Visual Resident Artist: Damiano Bertoli

We are delighted to announce that Damiano Bertoli has been selected to be the Monash University Prato Centre Visual Resident Artist for 2018.

Through his multi-disciplinary practice, Damiano Bertoli challenges ideas of authorship, influence, and the inscribed flow of art-historical time, often bringing together artworks, historical events and cultural material to examine their form and language by means of recontextualisation. Bertoli’s methodology explores the principles of assemblage and montage across sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, video and performance. Articulating an ongoing investigation into how artists negotiate the past, present and future through their ideas and objects, Bertoli’s work interrogates the narrative of time, critically positioning his own and other artists’ work in a continuum in order to question the nature of art-making itself.


Travelling to Prato, Damiano Bertoli has proposed to undertake two projects, each one relating to cultural movements in Northern Italy. The first continues a series of works exploring the relationships between design and radical politics in Italy, with specific reference to influential ‘80s Milan design group “Memphis” and material on student and worker movements curated at the Centro Documentazione Pistoia. Bertoli’s second project is being conducted in collaboration with MADA lecturer Warren Taylor, and aims to curate an exhibition and catalogue of the work of Fluxus designer Gianni Sassi.                         


Bertoli received a PhD in Fine Art from Monash University in 2014, and is currently a lecturer at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. His work is the subject of a new monograph, ‘Damiano Bertoli – Continuous Moment’, published by Surpllus.




'Big Foot's Studio', 2016, installation view,                                         Left: 'Adriana', 2016, pencil on BFK Rives paper, 112 x  80cm
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts                            Right: 'Silvia', 2015, pencil on BFK Rives paper, 112 x 80cm
 All images are courtesy Neon Parc, Melbourne.


Previous visual residents

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