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Artist in Residence: Piccia Neri

School of Art & Design
12- 23 April | 2010

The School of Art & Design welcomes Artist in Residence Piccia Neri, who joins the Faculty of Creative Arts from 12-23 April 2010.

Neri is currently the Creative Director for graphic design at the BFI (British Film Institute) in London. She brings an impressive multi-disciplinary graphics practice and creative direction portfolio to the Faculty and will share her knowledge with art and design students engaged in curatorial and commercial practice units during her stay.


Piccia Neri brings vast experience as a creative director, design team leader for others and principal of her own visual communications company. Her experience working on graphic design promotion and catalogues for major institutions includes such highly regarded bodies as; Centre Pompidou, Paris; British Council, London (on an exchange exhibition with the city of Shanghai, PRC); and the Tate Liverpool, UK.

Piccia’s corporate and agency experience is equally as extensive, working for; Shell Petroleum, Syria; Red Letter Design, London; The Brand Union, Dublin; and Creative Leap, London. She is currently the Creative Director and Design Team leader on projects for the British Film Institute (BFI), while continuing to work on contract and retainers for a number of other leading British and International Arts and Corporate entities. Piccia is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and English and can also get by in the languages of Arabic and Mandarin.

1993 Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. M.A. History of Art
1992 University of Siena, Italy. First Class Degree With Honours, History Of Art
1991 Universidad Autonoma De Madrid, Spain. Eec Erasmus Scholarship
1989-90 Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Eec Erasmus Scholarship
1989 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade: A)
1986 Diploma di maturità – equivalent to A levels – Liceo Classico, Siena, Italy

UOW Residency

Piccia hopes that while resident designer at UOW she can engage senior undergraduates in design solutions for the BFI’s festival of films by the acclaimed Japanese film-maker, Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), giving those students the opportunity to list this experience working on a BFI project on their CV’s.

In preparation for her projects Piccia follows a very thorough program of research into the filmmaker and films. Students will be encouraged to utilise the UOW library resources which include nearly all Kurosawa’s most celebrated films such as: Seven Samurai 1954; Throne of Blood 1957; Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams 1990. The library also contains a number of texts on Kurosawa, including a collection of interviews with the director.


For information regarding public lectures or activities contact the
School of Art and Design, Faculty of Creative Arts
Phone: 02 4221 5853 or 02 4221 3996


Faculty of Creative Arts
April 2010