Florence Contemporary Spring Residency 2020

Monday May 11 – Thursday May 28, 2020

Location: OCAD University Florence Off-Campus Studio

Via Bonifacio Lupi, No 14, 50129 Florence, Italy


The 2020 Florence Contemporary Spring Residency is a self-directed summer Elective Course (0.5 credits) open to all Graduate students, led by Professor Martha Ladly, PhD, Graduate Program Director of the IAMD Program. Martha has been leading OCADU students in courses and self-directed studies in Florence for the past 8 years.

Florence Contemporary Residence Thematic 2020: What are the legacies of the renaissance within the dominant canon and how are they reflected and resisted in contemporary art and design?

This residency interrogates the new within the context of the old, with site visits and immersion in contemporary cultural production in Florence. The rich transdisciplinarity of Florentine renaissance sites and artworks is considered alongside the thriving contemporary artisanal culture of the city. This graduate residency in studio and scholarly practices offers a compelling opportunity for art and design research and creation, aligning student’s thesis objectives within a context of deep cultural interaction and international enquiry.

The Florence Spring Residency will be held at the OCAD University Florence Campus, from Monday May 11 through Thursday May 28, 2020. This residency will include support for diverse approaches to practice-based and as scholarly outcomes, including art historical and contemporary curatorial onsite visits in Florence and Siena, as well as an opportunity to visit Venice and the 2019 Biennale of Architecture. Graduate students from all OCAD University Graduate programs are welcome!

Please feel free to contact Dr. Martha Ladly (mladly@ocadu.ca) with questions about the Residency, including academic and practical matters such as travel, accommodations, finances, and working in the Florence Studio.

REQUIRED: Residency Proposal (1000 words max): Please outline your motivations and interest in pursuing this graduate residential research and practice opportunity in Florence, including information about your intended practice-based and/or academic research in Florence, and its relationship to your proposed thesis research.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Monday February 24th, 2020, to Dr. Martha Ladly