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Creator-in-residence, Florence, Italy


OCAD University Contemporary Florence studio
Creator-in-residence fall 2019/winter and spring 2020

OCAD University, Canada’s leader in preparing the next generation of contemporary artists, is pleased to be opening the doors of our Florence studio to the international art and design community!

A new suite of non-credit courses is being offered beginning Spring 2019, open to members of the OCAD U community as well as creative practitioners world-wide. In addition to utilizing OCAD U’s studio and emphasizing our approach to contemporary practice, this programming will also include a significant amount of community immersion, including the opportunity to engage with local practitioners and workshops.

December 9th – 15th, 2019
December 16th – 22nd, 2019
January 6th – 12th, 2020
January 13th – 19th, 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 4th, 2019

April 14th – 20th, 2020
April 21st – 27th, 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 25th, 2020

Immerse yourself in a city where the rich traditions of fine art and craftsmanship meet contemporary art and design! The Creator in Residence Open Residency supports the participation of artists, designers, writers and any creative practitioners that can benefit from the time and space to develop their practice in a studio environment. As a participant, you will receive access to space at OCAD U’s Florence studio in a quiet shared palazzo in Florence’s San Marco neighbourhood. Your own designated work space will be complemented by the proximity to other creative professionals from around the world, as well as an array of programming to help you reflect on and share your practice. The residency includes an introductory Italian lesson, group community events, studio visits with local practitioners and a facilitated weekly group critique session.

You can decide to participate in the Spring Open Residency for either one or two weeks, and if you choose to select only one week, you can register for either the first or second week, based on your preference and availability.

This program is flexible to suit the needs of creative practices at various levels and media. This is an opportunity to dedicate time to your practice, or experiment with new processes and considerations. It is ideal for individuals who want to further their own studio or written work, with a structure that will provide a new context and framework for them to do so within.

What is included:
Studio Access
Italian lesson and group excursion costs and facilitation
Guest studio visit at the end of each week-long session

What is not included:
Accommodation in Florence
Airfare and other travel
Materials for personal projects
Meals or beverages

Each week of this program can count as one course towards the OCAD U Continuing Studies Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate

$900 CAD FOR 1 week (+HST)
$1700 CAD FOR 2 weeks (+HST)
$100 (+HST) per participant for each 1 or 2 week session
Participants can choose to participate for 1-4 weeks and can register in 1 or 2 week blocks
Participants in the Contemporary Florence Studio Short Courses must be 18 years or older.

Learn more, including pictures of our studios, draft schedules and testimonials from past participants at:


deadline: 25th of Feb, 2020
more info: