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The international textile and fashion industries

In late October, the Monash University Prato Centre and the Prato Chamber of Commerce jointly organised the conference ‘The international textile and fashion industries: Challenges and opportunities’. Special guests included Ms Carla Zampatti AC, Australian fashion designer and patron of the Monash Prato Centre, Prof. Chris Carr, Professor of Textile Technology at the University of Manchester, and Mr David Ritchie AO, the Australian Ambassador to Italy.

Visit to Gori Collection

Visit to Gori Collection 

On Friday 28 September Monash Fine Arts and Architecture students, accompanied by their teachers and Prato Centre staff, visited the marvellous Gori Collection of Contemporary Art at Fattoria di Celle (Celle farm) in Pistoia, just a few kilometres from Prato.
The collection - born in the early 1980s out of Mr Giuliano Gori’s passion for art - includes site-specific works of international artists who have been invited to create installations that respond to the park and farmland landscapes of the property.

The international textile and fashion industries: Challenges and opportunities, 24-25 October 2012

Organised by the Prato Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Monash University Prato Centre, this international conference brings together researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of the international textile and fashion industries.

For further information and the full bilingual program please see our Local Engagement webpage.

Exclusive Tuscan performance by Wesley College European Tour Ensemble

The sixteen-member ensemble of this Australian independent secondary school in Melbourne has already travelled to Bangkok, Paris and the Swiss Alps this year. They are currently touring Italy including Como, Maranello and Rome. They will be performing at the Monash University Prato Centre on Monday 24 September 1pm-2pm. All are welcome to this lunchtime concert during which the Wesley College European Tour Ensemble will play a selection of their jazz and popular music repertoire. Free entry.

Monash and Glasgow students join their talents in Prato

Students from the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) and  the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will have the opportunity to display the results of their first week of joint-intensive study at Prato with Show don’t tell, a postcard exhibition that is being held at the Monash Prato Centre on 6 September 2012.

Conversation Exchange is back!

After the great success of last season, the Monash University Prato Centre is pleased to announce that our weekly English-Italian CONVERSATION EXCHANGE–SCAMBI DI CONVERSAZIONE is BACK!
Conversation Exchange is an easy and fun way to improve your Italian and to learn about new cultures. How does it work?

Monash Prato welcomes Dr Cecilia Hewlett as Director

Doctor Cecilia Hewlett returns to Prato after having been involved from the earliest days of the Prato Centre, playing a key role alongside Professor Bill Kent in the Centre’s establishment. She is a Renaissance historian, who has published on the themes of community identity and the relationship between urban and rural communities. Most recently she has been a research fellow of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Prior to this she served at Monash as Director of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).