Open Call


OCAD University

No Funding
Florence, Italy


WINTER SESSIONS: December 9th - 15th, 2019 December 16th - 22nd, 2019 January 6th - 12th, 2020 January 13th - 19th, 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 4th, 2019 SPRING SESSIONS: April 14th - 20th, 2020 April 21st - 27th, 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 25th, 2020 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. Participation is decided on a first-come-first served basis of registration. 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.

Number of Participants

Each weekly session can accomodate up to 15 participants


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


December 09, 2019 - April 27, 2020


  • CA$900.00 program fee (weekly)


Co-Working, Individual Studio, Shared Studio


No meals

Public Programs

Open Studios, Professional Development, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals


Activists, Arts Administrator, Collective, Conceptual Art, Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Makers, Multimedia, Painting, Pedagogy, Photography, Sculpture, Social Practice, Textile, Video Art, Visual Arts


English, Italian

Program Description

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

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