Jon Campbell selected to be Monash University’s artist-in-residence at the Monash Prato Centre, Italy

Photo of Jon Campbell by Tobias Titz

Respected Australian artist Jon Campbell has been selected as the Monash University Prato Centre (MUPC) Visual Resident Artist for 2019.

From September to November 2019, Campbell will take up residency at the Monash Prato Centre, located in the historic Italian town of Prato, only a short distance from Tuscany.

The MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the MUPC and Monash University’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture. It highlights the University’s commitment to contemporary art and to building an international profile in creative practice and research.

“The residency 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,” Campbell said.

Over the past 12 years the artist’s work has focused on textiles. “The rich history of textile production in Prato will provide a stimulating environment in which to expand this aspect of my practise.”

“The Museo del Tessuto in Prato, will enable me to research their historic, embroidered and archaeological textile collections as well as their Prato fabric sample books,” he said.

“The workshop and textile production at Lottozero textile laboratories offers the possibility for a more practical component of the residency, to produce fabric banners.”

The residency timeline also offers the opportunity for the artist-in-residence to explore historic sites, galleries, museums and connect with other artists at Venice Biennale and Artissima Art Fair in Turin.

Image: The residency will give Campbell the opportunity to explore his passion for textile design and production.

Born in Northern Ireland, Campbell moved to Australia at the age of three. He currently lives in Melbourne, where he studied painting and has over 30 years experience teaching in the cities art schools.

Information on the application process for the 2020 residency is available here.

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