Monumentalverkstan in Malmö

Sweden has since the 70s a series of smaller and larger artistic collective workshops (Konstnärernas kollektivverkstäder) around the country. These were mainly formed and run – and still are – by artists to let available the expensive machines and large working areas needed to do Artwork within for example sculpturing, graphic arts, bronze, ceramics, textile. Much of Sweden’s public art have been done in one of these workshop areas.

Since the seventies society has changed drastically and funders are putting more and more pressure on these workshops to professionalize, more effectively use of the often large localities they have and add other services. An interesting dilemma appears. These localities are formed to let the large monumental Artistic work take form and the administration is run on a volunteer basis, with small income from funders. In Malmö the collective of Artists have thought differently, though, and started a process of renewal and change, where Kristian Körner, Artist and President in the board of Monumentalverkstan describes the double role of the collective:

”As an Artist I work individually and the whole point is that I decide what, when and how an Art work is to be presented. This is an inward way of working and needs to be this. The collective, on the other hand, can be open and think differently. A collective is formulating the interest of a whole profession, not the individual.”

On the meeting in Malmö, KKV Textiltryck, KKV Grafik and Plan3 participated. It was a network-meeing between the collective workshops in Skåne and the funders Region Skåne and Malmö Stad. Nätverkstan and the overview of the Artistic collective workshops in Sweden, commissioned by Stiftelsen framtidens kultur (The Foundation for the Culture of the Future, and performed by Nätverkstan was presented.

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