We’re pleased to be able to offer a number of residency opportunities.

Visual Residency in Prato, Italy

Unfortunately, due to continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe, we’re unable to offer the Visual Residency in Prato, Italy in 2021. Hayley Millar-Baker, announced as the 2020 artist-in-residence, will take up her residency there at a future time.

This residency has supported a number of established and emerging Australian creative practitioners as they undertake a new project or inquiry that relates to the Prato context, including Stuart Ringholt, Damiano Bertoli, David Rosetzky, Laresa Kosloff, Pat Foster & Jen Berean and Charlie Sofo. About our past residencies...

Monash University is Australia’s largest university, and one of the leading research universities in the world, with a mission to discover, teach and collaborate with partners to meet the challenges of the age, in service of national and international communities. The university’s commitment to excellence is enhanced through deep and extensive international collaborations. The Monash University Prato Centre Visual Residency Program encourages international engagement, through contemporary art practice and research.

A faculty of Monash University, Monash Art, Design and Architecture is an open connected community of creative thinkers, makers & professional practitioners. We dissolve the boundaries between disciplines, creating new spaces to imagine real change — transforming the world around us.

MUPC is located in the 18th century Palazzo Vai, in Tuscany, just outside Florence, where it provides a strategic base for research and engagement in Europe.

The Residency offers a broad range of activities for inspiration, education and professional development. Prato is an interesting location from the perspective of migration studies, cultural studies, inter-cultural communication, and historic and contemporary economic relations and interactions. It’s 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. And 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) adds potential for visual research.

The residency aims to:

  • provide opportunities for creative practitioners to sustain and deepen their practice & research, free from the distractions and duties of daily life
  • offer and encourage engagement with institutions and industry in the Prato region
  • provide access to significant collections, exhibitions, colleagues and practitioners in Europe
  • and to encourage independent artistic thinking, experimentation and practice.


Applications are accepted from Australian citizens or residents with a track record of professional practice and public presentation in their field. Early and mid-career practitioners are encouraged to apply. If you have an undergraduate fine art qualification, you must have three years of practice since graduation.

Applications will not be accepted from current Monash contract or ongoing faculty members, currently enrolled Monash students, or recent fine art graduates of any program (within 3 years).

Inclusions and expectations

  • Return economy airfare (arranged by Monash)
  • Contribution to further travel, living expenses, materials and/or production costs to the value of $10,000
  • Serviced apartment in Palazzo Vai (single or double occupancy) from 1 September – 30 November
    • accomodation is available for artists with dependant children
    • for further details on family accomodation please contact
  • Private studio with:
    • approx. 40 square metres
    • abundant natural light
    • white-clad walls that can be hung on
    • power points
    • Wi-Fi
    • access to PC and Mac computer labs including printing facilities
    • access to fax and photocopier via the administrative offices
  • Some general costs associated with exhibition and public presentation, e.g., promotional material, professional translation services, refreshments
  • Travel insurance for the period of the residency, which will be provided by Monash University’s Insurance Agent
  • Administrative assistance with permits for transport of artworks
  • MUPC offers professional liaison support for interactions with the local community, but applicants should be in a position to undertake their residency in a largely self-directed capacity


Studio is not suitable for major construction as there are no workshops or hand tools. The heritage-listed parquetry floor can be covered for minor works. All other services, materials and expenses, including transport of artworks, private phone arrangements, laundry, tools, etc. must be covered by the artist. It is the responsibility of the resident to inform themselves of visa requirements for Italy and to make any necessary arrangements.


  • Give an initial public presentation either about existing work and/or the research to be undertaken during the Residency
  • Engage with the Monash Art Design & Architecture’s semester programs
  • Public engagement opportunity, eg. workshop, lecture, exhibition (of works produced during the residency, works in progress, or existing work)
  • The Monash University logo, Monash Art Design & Architecture and MUPC acknowledgement must appear on works that were developed during or associated with the residency and on all related publicity material

Enquiries about the program or eligibility may be directed to:

Selection procedure

Normally candidates will be selected through a competitive application process. The selection committee will include the Dean of Monash Art Design & Architecture (or delegate), the Head of the Department of Fine Art (or delegate), the Director of the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), and the Director of the Prato Centre. The selection committee reserves the right to appoint by direct nomination.

All applications are assessed on the merit of their proposal, in relation to the aims and objectives of the residency program, Prato context, and the potential benefits to the applicant and the wider community. Decisions are also subject to the availability of the studio.

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Open Call

Monash Art Design & Architecture creative residencies are open to creative practitioners and thinkers from around the world. As a visitor you will be involved in academic life and teaching programs. This is an opportunity to incubate new ideas, undertake research or collaborate with local institutions, industry and communities. In return, we ask participants to acknowledge Monash Art Design & Architecture’s contribution to any creative works associated with the residency and to participate in Monash Art Design & Architecture publicity.

Residents undertake one or more of the following:

  • In-house masterclass/workshop/specific project
  • Contribution to coursework teaching program
  • Contribution to Masters and PhD programs and art forums
  • Public event, e.g., lecture, debate, expression of residency work, on-line interactive workshop

We can accommodate residences in the heart of the faculty on Monash’s Caulfield campus (adjacent to the Monash University Museum of Art) for periods ranging between 2 to 26 weeks. In some cases, we may also be able to provide airfares, materials and other resources.

Applications will be judged according to their own merits and contribution to Monash Art Design & Architecture.

Submit your expression of interest now

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