FLORENCE REVISITED

ACADEMY EVENT TO MARK THE LAUNCH OF A PAINT TASK FORCE AND A LARGE-SCALE PUBLIC ARTWORK

At their 2018 opening, The Student Hotel in Florence invited United Painting to create an artwork in cooperation with the local community and newcomers. Creating art together forged a bond between the local and migrant youths, proving their eagerness to be part of – and contribute to their hometown, changing public perceptions.

About a year later, United Painting returned to Florence to create a visual intervention and organise a seminar hosted by The Student Hotel to mark the launch of a large-scale local public artwork. We invited relevant stakeholders to be part of this game changing movement which is vital for an inclusive community in Florence. We compiled a list of their ideas and discussed them during the seminar, in order to create a solid task force that can work on inclusivity projects in Florence and perhaps beyond.

So far, this taskforce has been able to set up a painting project with the University of Florence (click here to read more) and a project to paint a main square in a working class-neighborhood in Florence together with local residents. Alongside this we are still planning to create a huge public artwork in the centre of Florence.

As we always feel like painting something, we decided to paint another part of the courtyard of the Student Hotel, where the event was hosted. For the design we collaborated with Marije Lytske Hester, a young and ambitious designer from the Netherlands who specialises in patterns and insane colour combinations!