What does the studio tell us about the artist?
And what can the artist tell us about the studio?

Organized and curated by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina in the regional project toscanaincontemporanea, Open Studios is a two years project - started in 2009 - which allows for the discovery of places of contemporary art, through visits to the studios of artists who live and work in the provinces of Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena.
The artists have opened their studios, which are indeed, private places that are generally inaccessible to a diverse audience, in order to create opportunities for informal dialogue and discussion to take place on the subjects of contemporary artistic practices.

After the second year of scheduled calendar, the project maintains the possibility to organize free tours with the artists involved in both editions. Reservation is required, groups of at least 8 people.

With a selection of artists born between the 50s and 80s, the project traces a broad overview of current research art: painting, photography, video, installations, performances, public art projects and research in the field of music and sound.
The project acts as an interface between the artistic production of the area, its residents and cultural operators, also from international contexts, creating connections with the network of contemporary art.

The mediators involved in the art project to assist the artists during their visits, were selected after a training course dedicated to graduate and undergraduate students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and at the Faculty of Humanities (address historical and artistic) of the University of Florence, Siena and Pisa.
The video documentation of the meetings was made by: ISIA - Institute for Industrial Arts in Florence and the Department of Art History at the University of Pisa.

Organized by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
Project concept
: Franziska Nori
Head of coordination: Martino Margheri and Alessandra Tempesti
Art Mediators Open Studios 01: Irene Balzani, Francesca Chiappa, Eva Francioli, Elena Magini, Irene Innocente, Francesca Giulia Tavanti / Open Studios 02: Alessandra Acocella, Alessandro Gallicchio, Valentina Grasso, Serena Pacchiani, Serena Trinchero, Lorenzo Vivarelli
Video documentation ISIA Florence: coordination Prof. Antonio Glessi, directed by Claudia Usai, producer Lara Muse, production assistant Eva Spinelli, Sara Filippelli, Eleonora Busia
Video documentation University of Pisa: coordination Prof. Sandra Lischi, director Gianluca Paoletti, production assistant Simone De Varti, Daniele Bonanni
Graphic design: Markus Bader, Berlin
Flyer: OUT Studio, Mestre
Website: Francesco Terzini, Florence

Open Studios is part of toscanaincontemporanea 2010 sponsored by the Tuscany Regional Authority.
Taking part in the project, in conjunction with Prato's Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, are: the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, the CCC Strozzina, the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the EX3 Centro per l’arte contemporanea di Firenze, the “Lo schermo dell’arte” cultural association and the SUC - Comune di Firenze.

Discover the project's trailer