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Visual Residency Night, 12 September

Come and meet Jon Campbell, our Artist-in-Residence for 2019.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Jon Campbell, our Artist-in-Residence for 2019, to the local community in Prato at our Visual Residency Night on Thursday 12 September.

At our Visual Residency Night, Jon will talk about his art practice and share his plans for three-month residency in Prato. He will also treat us to a short musical performance. It will be the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the artist, as well as to meet students and lecturers undertaking the Monash Fine Arts and Design course who are currently studying in Prato.

Born in Northern Ireland, Jon Campbell moved to Melbourne as a child. He studied painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and completed his studies at the Victorian College of Arts. His practice is strongly influenced by a sense of nostalgia for a typically Australian iconography, a common language, and familiar linguistic expressions which he transforms into colourful and large works. Over the years he has worked with different media including paintings, textiles, flags, billboards and neon signs.

Jon's works are found in many renowned public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), the Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) to name a few.

Jon has also dedicated himself to musical projects, performing with the bands King Jerklews, Adawo, Gloss Enamel and most recently with Olympic Donuts. The influence of live music and performance is very present in his artworks, as evidenced by the publication Setlists (The Narrows, 2009) which contains musical setlists that Campbell collected at the concerts in which he participated.

“The residency at the Monash Prato Centre 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. The rich textile history of this city will certainly provide a stimulating environment in which to expand my artistic practice".

The Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the Monash Prato Centre and Monash Art Design and Architecture, offering established and emerging creative practitioners the opportunity to incubate new ideas, undertake research, and engage with local institutions and industry in Prato.


Location: Palazzo Vaj Garden, Monash University Prato Centre, via Pugliesi 26, Prato
Light refreshments will be provided.
The event will be held in English.
Free admission.
Thursday 12 September, 7pm