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GIG off the ground in Italy!

Photo of GIG Italy launch event in the Salone Grollo
Move over MedRen month, 2019 is in full swing here at the Monash University Prato Centre.

Our programs have begun with the launch of the first-ever Global Immersion Guarantee program in Italy. Known as GIG for short, this is a funded overseas study experience for all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies, and related double degree, students to China, India, Italy, Indonesia or Malaysia at the end of their first year of university.

MedRen month in Prato

Monash students visiting the Medici villa at Poggo a Caiano
The period from mid-November to mid-December is sometimes known as ‘MedRen month’ at the Monash Prato Centre.

It is at this time of year that Monash students and academics and postgraduates from Monash and partner universities of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies converge on the Centre to undertake several different activities in this area of teaching and research.

Consensus or Crisis?

EU Unit 2018 - Visit to EUI
Up close with the European Union

The EU’s crises have been grabbing global headlines for almost a decade. But where did these multi-dimensional crises come from? What caused them? What will they do to the EU and what made them a ‘crisis’ in the first place?

 As part of the Arts Semester in Prato program, 44 students from Monash’s campuses in Australia and Malaysia examined these questions during the four-week unit The European Union from Consensus to Crisis.

Design Scenarios for the Imagined Museum

Student work on display at Centro Pecci

Monash Art Design and Architecture students recently had the opportunity to present their work at the Centro Pecci in Prato, one of the major contemporary art centres in Italy, in the presence of the Pecci’s director Cristiana Perrella. Students presented their experimental design concepts for The Imagined Museum (Il Museo Immaginato) that they had developed as part of the Culturescape programme at the Monash Prato Centre. During their time in Prato, the students investigated current opportunities and futuristic visions of the museum.

An Inspirational Internship

Aboriginal Art at ITIS Buzzi
Teaching Aboriginal Art at ITIS Buzzi

In October, Monash Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education student, Stephanie Mouradian, undertook a four-week internship at a local secondary school in Prato, the ITIS Tullio Buzzi. Stephanie was welcomed as an English Language and Art Teaching Assistant, teaching five classes each week alongside professional teaching staff.

Stephanie said of her experience:

The 16TH CIRN (Community Informatics Research Network) Conference was held at the Monash University Prato Centre from 24-26 October


Community Informatics is primarily concerned with improving the well-being of people and their communities through more effective use of ICTs, and this year’s theme, “Research, Practice and Creative Endeavour that Aim to Shape and Influence Policy and Practice”, was designed to explore ways in which research in many countries currently being undertaken could achieve greater impact in the field.


Fine Art and Design students display their final projects in a joint exhibition

Thursday 18 October don't miss the joint exhibition Unpacking Hysteria and Chi va piano va lontano.

Fine Art and Design students from Monash Faculty of Art Design and Architecure display their final works developed during the study period in Prato.

Unpacking Hysteria
After two months of a contemporary version of the grand tour, the Fine Art in Prato students present works that integrate the excitement and sometimes overwhelming experience of being-in-a-place.

In Prato in Melbourne

In Prato is a new exhibition at MADA Gallery in Melbourne: In Prato, curated by Chelsea Hopper.

The exhibition In Prato presents works made by five practitioners who have all undertaken a three-month Visual Residency Program at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy from 2013 to 2017: David Rosetzky, Pat Foster & Jen Berean, Laresa Kosloff and Stuart Ringholt. In Prato showcases the practitioner’s experiences and modes of exchange through video, performance, collage and mixed media. The exhibition will be open until 27 October, from Tuesday to Friday (10am-5pm) and Saturdays (12pm-5pm).


Apply now for 2019 The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarships

Photograph of old chimneys and city walls of Prato. Photograph by Simon Griffiths, © Monash University.
There are two $5,000 scholarships available each year 2018-2020.

Applications are now open for The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarships for study in Prato in 2019. The scholarships are designed to support students to undertake an academic program at the Monash Prato Centre. The scholarship package includes a unique opportunity to tour Woolmark allied creative industries especially the textile industry in Milan.