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In the Österlen region grows the art so fast

It was friluftsmålarna who in the 1800s discovered the beauty of eastern Skåne isolated landsände. Österlen's rolling landscapes, iridescent light, and low house prices continued to attract artists throughout the 1900s, and a small group decided in 1968 to open their homes and studios to the audience.

success and this easter publikmagnet has established Österlen as an art stronghold. It is the most artists per square kilometre in the whole country and kulturinitiativen have received this past avfolkningsbygd to flourish. Nowadays, crowding restaurants, farm shops, B&bs and antique shops, with a steadily growing number of professional art galleries, galleries, artist-run initiatives, residensprogram, arts and cultural centres.

" We had no relationship to Österlen in the past, but during a visit to the easter exhibition two years ago I was inspired by the open landscape and a lot of good meetings with artists and art lovers.

Staffan Julén and Bea Tigerhielm has just opened the gallery Rikstolvan in Järrestad. Photo: Daniel Nilsson

It tells the photographer Bea Tigerhielm, which this weekend opened the art and cultural centre Rikstolvan in Järrestad, along with her partner filmmaker Staffan Julén:

– And I worked a lot with film in Copenhagen discovered how close the world is in the Österlen region. It takes only an hour to Malmö and one and twenty to Denmark. The island of Gotland, where I long had a summer house, you are more isolated. Here you step straight into a setting where there is a jätteintresse for art and culture.

known as the Järrestad 15, with one of The first galleries, and a connecting restaurant, but that lying dormant the last decade. Next to the old svinahuset with a newly opened coffee shop you step now into by an old träport and out on a cobblestone garden, where it is planned open-air cinema in the summer.

Rikstolvan is a fyrlängad farm. Photo: Daniel Nilsson

In stallängan dating from the 1500's and even in a greenhouse is shown temautställningen ”Antropocen”, with fotobaserad art, sculpture, and film that touch our era's impact on nature and climate.

Bea Tigerhielm has since 2012 the experience of running the photo gallery Axel in Stockholm, sweden and Staffan Julén is in addition to the documentary filmmaker is also affiliated to the Institute for future studies and artistic research.

"this is biografstolar in the soviet-style from my film about the nobel prize winner, Svetlana Aleksijevitj," says Staffan Julén, inside a darkened film room.

This fires the sinister from Palle Vedels work ”Decay”, where a Grönlandsglaciär brutally calves, an area the size of Manhattan. In mid-June and extends Rikstolvan exhibition to three rows and shall, inter alia, show världsnamnet Laurie Anderson's vr works ”The chalkroom”.

New signs to Rikstolvan in Järrestad Photo: Daniel Nilsson

– the Idea is that we will grow into a meeting place for contemporary art, photography, film and food, in dialogue with the new research. During the winter we can have workshops and invite the hit artists, film makers and researchers from our network, " says Staffan Julén.

you will discover quickly that many arts and cultural initiatives are linked to each other in different kinds of local and regional networks. This has the digitisation and social media contributed largely to the simplified contact and dissemination of information.

An engine in development is a long-Östra Skånes konstnärsgille, ÖSKG, who started The and has its base at Tjörnedalagården in Baskemölla. Where has the gallery's surface is built up and the business is carried out nowadays all around the year.

" We try to follow the widening of both the audience and the art scene, and also now have members who are involved with the sound, performance and dance, tells the department head Susanne Lindblad.

125 members and a chairman of the american choreographer Rachel Tess, who came to Sweden as a dancer in the cullberg ballet. Tess has personally gone to the limits by in the ÖSKG's konstlotteri let a winner become her own person and a dance ”at home”.

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In connection with the Konstrundans 50-year anniversary last year, the ÖSKG a series of seminars on how art and culture can become a catalyst for growth, visible in the Österlen region.

– If you bet on the culture, it provides a positive impact on the development of society, research shows. Now looking also at how artists manage to survive in the countryside, in contrast to other more traditional groups such as fishermen and farmers, " says Susanne Lindblad.

annual sales of around sek 60 million, and many artists at Österlen draws in half of their annual income this week. For ÖSKG is now the only concern cancellation of project grants from Region Skåne (where the alliance controls with support from the SD), which affected large parts of the free cultural life.

at the same time becomes more and more professional cultural workers permanent residents all year round in the Österlen region, with a particularly large influx of nollåttor. One such example is the Axel and Anette Mörner, who this year started Olseröds konsthall, in a sympathetically renovated farm from 1850, with far-reaching views over the fields and hills all the way to the bay of hanö.

In the previous höloftet, with six metre ceiling height, the previous Stockholmsgalleristen Axel Mörner done a number of exhibitions with his old ”team” of artists from the capital. But the exhibitors have gradually expanded with the local name and also of the genregränser, with glass art, and now even ceramic.

"We are fighting to lower the thresholds," says Axel Mörner.

an exhibition where the Gabor Palotais abstract, graphical works of art interact with the installation ”the Meal” by Lena Villhammar. She is known for her handmade tableware at Daniel Berlin's star restaurant in Skåne Tranås.

Axel and Anette Mörner driver Olseröds konsthall, here with porslinsinstallationen ”the Meal” by Lena Willhammar. Photo: Daniel Nilsson

– Here she has made an impression with fingers and elbows in small dishes and bowls, unique items that do not need to be functional, " says Axel Mörner.

the Spouses Mörner is capable of supply with lower costs than in Stockholm and a variety of freelance work. Anette is inredningsspecialist and Axel also works with to sell designer furniture, and is also a member of the board of Kivik art, where he is responsible for the realization of Ulla Viottis ceramic sculpture ”Bibliotheca – an archaeological library.”

"It's a little cute, a book by Ulf Lundell may be," says Axel Mörner, with a pass to the Kivik arts long-standing litigation with the author.

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an art initiative, which has grown in importance. In a former sawmill and junkyard, driver konstnärsparet Etta Säfve and Jona Elfdahl non-commercial konstverksamhet and a non-profit organization, a branch of the People's Cinema.

Etta Säfve and Jona Elfdahl driver Gylleboverket, where you decorated a cinema and exhibition space in a big skrothall and a sawmill. Photo: Daniel Nilsson

– Here we show all the movies we want to see, " says Jona Elfdahl in the salon, bohemian chic, and with 50 seats.

Everywhere there are relics from the återvinningscentralen, ranging from old windows, ovens and sinks, to nails and tools.

– We clear and grow gradually, it feels nice to take care of a place like this, " says Etta Säfve.

”Latest news on löneslaveriet”, Sonia Hedstrand, Gylleboverket. Photo: Sonia Hedstrand

the Couple is involved in sustainability issues, socially and environmentally. In the two hangarlika buildings open for three days in the easter group exhibition ”the Latest news on löneslaveriet”, including a room of 25,000 gem, a sauna for the unemployed in an old caravan, with the accompanying sound art and installation with their sweat on the towels.

Part of the Kanslibyråns ”Study room”, built of 25 000 gem, on the Gylleboverket. Photo: Kanslibyrån

– the Exhibitions should be about important social issues, " explains Etta Säfve.

" It is important for us, with meetings between the artists and the audience. We work with the site as a social sculpture.

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