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, inter‐cultural 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.
2017 Visual Resident Artist announced: Stuart Ringholt
Born 1971 in Perth, Australia, Stuart Ringholt lives and works in Melbourne.
Stuart Ringholt’s work takes many forms, from performance, video and sculpture to collaborative workshops, and is characterised by a resolute sense of art as a social enterprise. Personal and social themes such as fear and embarrassment are often presented through absurd situations or amateur self-help environments, including nude gallery tours, anger workshops and participatory performance works. Stuart Ringholt has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include ArtCologne Stuart Ringholt: Nudes, Signs, and a Contract Osmos Gallery New York (2015); New Works Milani Gallery Brisbane (2015); Stuart Ringholt: Kraft, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); Starring William Shatner As Curator, Society, Sydney and TCB, Melbourne (2011); Vitrines, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2010); Video Works, Club Laundromat, New York (2009); Low Sculpture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2008); Gallery Room, Mirka at Tolarno Hotel/Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007); and Pulse, RMITProject Space, Melbourne (2006).
Recent group exhibitions include Performa 15 with Richard Bell et al (2015); Dead Ringer PICA Perth (2015); 9/11 Moana Project Space Perth (2015); Lurid Beauty; Australian Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia (2015); Taking It All Away MCA Sydney (2014); Benglis 73/74 Sutton Project Space (2014); Art Is A Verb Monash University Museum of Art (2014); The Working Life IMA Brisbane (2014); The Talking Cure Oakville Galleries Canada (2014); Impact Art Gallery of Western Australia (2014); The Last Laugh apexart New York (2013); dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Local Positioning Systems, MCA, Sydney (2012); Open House Singapore Biennale (2011); Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); Before and After Science: 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d’Arte, Rome (2009); Revolutions: Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney (2008); and The One and the Many, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2007).
During his Residency at Monash Prato Centre, Ringholt has proposed to create a suite of new works on paper inspired by the many famous clock towers that can be found in the region. These new works would follow other horological pieces he’s created, including his 2014 work Untitled (Clock), now in the collection of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Untitled (Clock) was purposefully designed to be “broken”, moving through an hour in only 45 minutes… a day in 18 hours. In its own way, it’s not entirely dissimilar to Florence’s Arnolfo Tower clock, often mistaken as “broken” by tourists who misunderstand how to tell time from its single hand. The residency will also be an opportunity for Ringholt to revisit the site of his 2001 performance work On Wednesday I stood with toilet paper hanging from my pants.
Stuart Ringholt will be the Visual Resident Artist from September to late November 2017
Untitled (clock) 2014 clockwork, tubular bells, world globe,
steel, glass, electronics202 x 280 x 100cm collection MCA Sydney
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