Study visits

It is always very inspiring to visit cultural organisations in the local context in which they work. In West Sweden there are many    examples of successful cultural projects and organisations and we are happy to give the participant of the conference the opportunity to visit a few of these. The study visits are examples of organisations within art and culture that have started with an idea and grown to large organisations of great importance for the region, small-scale organisations or as in many Art Schools, a vivid discussions of the relation between artistic and entrepreneurial skills. Do they at all go together? On each organisation you meet the manager, initiator or likewise.

Please look at the list below and pick your choice of visit. Write on your registration e-mail, your priority of 1-3. The participant visit one organisation, each visit has a maximum of 15 participants. We will try our best to fulfil all wishes and priorities. If a study visit is full, we will put all further requests in other groups and if you haven't done any priorities we will take the liberty of putting you in one group.

Look at the website and/or read the short text below of each organisation.

Atalante Free Stage for Contempory Art (Atalante)
Bwana club
Dem Collective Fair Trade Clothing
Film in Western Sweden (Film i Väst)
Göteborg Artist Centre
Not Quite Artistic Network
Natverkstan PlayTeaterkonst                                                                                                                                                                         
Röda Sten Cultural Centre
Skådebanan Västra Götaland
The Gerlesborg School of FIne Art (Gerlesborgskolan) and The Artist Collective Workshop (KKV) Bohuslän
The Göteborg Book Fair (Bok och Bibliotek i Norden)
The Göteborg International Filmfestival 
The Nordic Watercolour Museum (Akvarellmuseet)
Vara Concert Hall


Atalante is a scene for contemporary art and a meeting place where the originality and experiment are allowed and encouraged. The range of the scene includes all kind of art foremost dance, but also music, film, theatre, visual art and literature. The scene started in 1987 by the dancegroup Rubicon and is today a leading scene for a contemporary and cross-boardering art.

Bwana Club

Bwana Club is the name of a constellation of philosophers, scholars, artists, moviemakers, poets, vj´s and dj´s who are active in boundary breaking projects, performances and networks. With different means – lectures, workshops, exhibitions, book publishing, events and actions – Bwana Club strives to shed light on the conditions of democracy in a postcolonial and globalized age. Specific focus is on ”the colonial boomerang”, i.e. in which ways colonial structures repeat themselves in the cultural production of our time.

Dem Collective Fair Trade Clothing

Dem Collective is a company that proves it is possible to produce goods without exploiting people or the environment for sheer profit. They balance out the additional costs of using ecologically sound materials and maintaining the best possible conditions at the production unit in Sri Lanka by reducing the number of middlemen and taking full responsibility for the production chain. In this way, dem collective can offer competitively priced ecological products produced under fair-trade conditions. Dem Collective started as an idea and has, within just a few years, grown to be one the leading companies within ecological clothing in Sweden today. They have one of the most challening ideas of ecologically made clothes from the cotton-thread to the finished product. Dem Collective mix a business idea with a responsible thinking, which is both inspiring and challening.

Film in western Sweden (Film i Väst)

Film i Väst creates prerequisites for the production of film through its financial contribution to film projects. Investment in individual movies makes Film i Väst a co-producer and partner. Film i Väst is today one of the most successful regional funder in the Nordic. More than 100 films have been co-produced since the first series reached the movie screen in 1997.  Many of them belong to the Sweden’s biggest successful films. The story of Film i Väst is an interesting story of persistance, patience and decisiveness, it has quickly grown from an idea to the main filmproducer in Sweden. Film i Väst is situated in the smaller town Trollhättan and today attracts interantional filmmakers like Lars von Trier and his Zentropa with its surroundings and localities. The bus leaves from Brew House at 13.00h. The bustrip is a little less than one hour and It is well worth a visit! Film i Väst is the new and innovative centre for film in Sweden.

Göteborg Artists Center (GAC)

GAC is an artistic organization founded in 1995 by some of the most eminent musicians within the Swedish modern jazz and improvisational music. Its objective is to work like a central forum for the representative of this kind of music but also in closely related form of art. GAC acts both as informer, producer, concerts organizer, and coordinator of education as well as a space  for contact between musicians, listeners, organizers, record companies and organizations, both national and international.

Not Quite

Not Quite is a forum and network for professional artists, artisans and designers. At Fengersfors paper mill close to Åmål, Not quite has created workshops, studios, photolab, art museum and café. The industrial community has not only become a place where history and future meets but also a unique meeting place for art and business. Not Quite stands for contamporary art, handicraft and design on hig level. The ambition is to create a new exciting and attracticve culture center which gives impression not only in Scandinavian but in all Europe. The bus leaves from Brew House at 13h. The bustrip is around two hours, but well worth the trip. You will visit a very beautiful part of West Sweden and get a chance to see this former paper mill which is now a cultural center and artists collective in the midst of blooming springgreen trees.


Nätverkstan is a resource center, a meetingpoint and a productioncenter for people within art and culture in West Sweden. The organisation work with training programmes, the two largest are Kulturverkstan and Globalverkstan, and has also done shortterm training in marketing for dancers and artists. Kulturverkstan is Project Management within the cultural sector, Globalverkstan is Project Management within civil society. The later have international students from all over the world and is in English. Nätverkstan also works with economic services and prescription services for cultural journals in Sweden. They run a large project for new forms of distribution and marketing for small journals and to website- and technical solutions for the cultural field. The organisation started in 1996 and has today 25 employees.


PLAY Teaterkonst was founded in 2004 by four young theatre practitioners. PLAY was founded on the idea that the traditional hierarchy of theatre, where the written text dominates the creative process, is fundamentally unsound. Since its start PLAY has produced workshops and writing projects as well as a celebrated production of Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis. PLAY has during its young life grown into a network of Gothenburg based artists and practitioners. In 2007 PLAY are devising their new show Hannah +1. PLAY has proven that it is possible to create high quality theatre with very limited financial resources and that there is a large untapped source of creativity and talent unknown to the great institutions. If you have any questions about PLAY, please e-mail

Röda Sten

Röda Sten is a cultural center and a cultural landmark which lies on the sea entrance to Göteborg. It is a popular port of call for many who take a stroll on the banks of the harbour. Once housing the huge industrial boiler, Röda Sten today is an exceptional centre of the arts. It entices and fascinates with it’s enormous dynamic space and opportunity to work large scale. The outside of the building has been a zone for the graffiti artists of the city while within the building remnants of past graffiti is preserved. This unconventional exhibition space sets the scene for daring, ground-breaking explorations. The goal of Project Röda Sten is to develop the surrounding area to a Nordic cultural center for art, theatre, music and dance and to hold International exhibitions of top class. In August, Röda Sten organises the 4th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2007.

SKÅDEBANAN (Culture & Working Life in West Sweden)

Since the beginning of the 2000s Skådebanan Culture & Working Life in West Sweden has focused on transferring the Discourse of Art into forums outside the reach of traditional artistic domains. The basic work of Skådebanan consists in supplying

some 65 000 employees in nearly all business sectors with easy and affordable access to a broad array of culturalevents and arts, serving as hub for the human resource development program of every workplace affiliated to Skådebanan.

As the cream of its services, Skådebanan Culture & Working Life in West Sweden takes great pride in presenting the award winning AIRIS enterprise, inaugurated in 2002. AIRIS is a unique enterprise with the aim of arranging encounters and collaboration between the working life and the cultural sphere. In the summer of 2007 Skådebanan in West Sweden will have concluded 37 year-long AIRIS projects aimed at a wide variety of business sectors. We provide companies and workplaces with the unique opportunity of collaborating with a creative artist, such as an actor/director/playwright, visual artist/painter/photographer, dancer/choreographer or composer/musician throughout the time span of ten months.

During this time the artist will be situated at an affiliated workplace one day per week, functioning as a non-traditional consultant and a source of inspiration, who, aided by a regional culture consultant and a representative of the company, will provide a fresh mirror image of the workplace and its staff.

The Gerlesborg School of Fine Art

The Foundation of Gerlesborg School of Fine Art is a well known institution with 60 years of prestigious history. It is situated between Oslo and Gothenburg on the Swedish West coast in an attractive site on the seafront. On top of that there is a branch in the inner City of Stockholm. The activities of the school are threefold: Basic university training for fine art. The number of students is 120 per year. Continuous training for artists and other stakeholders. This category covers 600 students per year. A wide range of supplementary activities, such as exhibitions, music-concerts, seminars, work-shops, etc. In addition the school provides residential facilities for students and visitors. On an annual basis the school attracts 25.000 visitors. The school has a cutting-edge reputation in the Nordic context based on its pedagogical experiences and attractive position in relation to visitors in general. The school is defined as a so-called free school with a 35% public support and the rest is consequently stemming from commercial sources. The bus leaves from Brew House at 13h, the trip takes a little more than one hour, and will take you to the beautiful costline of the West coast. You will be able to breath fresh seawater and get a chance to visit the School of Fine Art.


KKV- Bohuslän runs since 1980 his activity in a earlier stone industry situated at Bottnafjorden in northern of Bohuslän. KKV-B regroups around 400 working artists and have developed to a cultural centre stone sculpture. There exists also industries for graphic, textil, wood, metal, ceramics, silkscreen and photo. Activities increase more on summer with exhibitions both indoors and out of doors plus a café with sale of art and handicraft.

The Göteborg Book Fair

In 1985 the first Göteborg Library Fair was arranged purely as a trade fair for librarians. The number of visitors exceeded just 5 000. The following year the fair opened up for the publishing trade as a whole - as well as for the book-loving public. The number of visitors rose dramatically to 25 000! Throughout the years the fair has developed into one of the most important cultural manifestation and has today become Northern Europe's largest book fair, with more than 100 000 visitors every year. The Göteborg Book Fair has also produced a number of other different cultural fairs, such as The Photographic Fair (1991, 1993, 1995), The Theatre Fair (995), The Nordic Museum Fair (1996,1998) and The Music Fair (1996).
A new project is the Nordic School Leader Congress, organized by the Göteborg Book Fair for the first time in 2005. The Göteborg Book Fair is today one of the Nordic’s biggest events within literature, with many of the world’s leading authors, critiques, poets, journalists leading seminars mixed with an enormous marketplace for journals and books.

The Göteborg International Filmfestival

The idea for a film festival in Göteborg was spawned in 1978 by Göran Bjelkendahl and Gunnar Carlsson, both involved in the Göteborg film club Filmstudion. The wanted to show non-mainstream films to people other than those with a special interest. Having been inspired by a festival visit to London, Göran Bjelkendahl suggested that Göteborg should have a festival of its own. An organization was formed and the first festival took place in 1979. At the time, the festival had three movie theatres at its disposal. 17 films were screened for roughly 3 000 visitors.

Since then, the festival has grown with each year.1988 was an important year in the history of the festival. On one hand, the decision was made to create a somewhat broader program. On the other hand, the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) decided to set the annual film award gala in Göteborg. In one year, the number of visitors doubled from 30 000 to 60 000.
Another important year was 1995. That was when the festival began a collaboration with SFI making it the national film scene. In 2002, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary. With 689 screenings, it was the biggest festival ever. The award gala was also arranged in Göteborg's Opera house, lending additional glow to the jubilee.

 The Nordic Watercolour Museum (Akvarellmuseet)

The Nordic Watercolour Museum is one of the most exciting cultural projects in the Nordic countries. The museum serves as a nordic centre for contemporary art, for research and training. With the emphasis laid on technique of watercolour art. At the Nordic Watercolour Museum you can see the work of leading contemporary international watercolourists or study classical watercolour paintings of the past. You can choose to take a specialised course led by professional artists, try how it feels to paint alongside your own children or grandchildren in the children's studio, or prepare your forthcoming exhibition in one of the guests studios.
The museum has a very interesting story to tell of how they grew from an idea to a beautiful museum and centre for contemporary art in one of the smaller fishingtowns on the coast of Bohuslän. The bus leaves at 13h from Brew House and takes a little less than  one hour. You will arrive to the beautiful outmost coastline, where the Museum is placed right on the waterline in a very beatiful setting.

Vara Concert Hall

It is an enormous red magnet in the middle of the plains. Since the Vara Concert Hall was created in 2003, not only the map, but life has changed in this part of the region. Sweden’s biggest concert hall is today found in the small village Vara, around 10 km outside of Göteborg. Hardly biggest in size, but in content. This is where visitors enjoy all kinds of performing arts such as devotional moments of sweet music, magnificent drama in the big hall or pub evenings with blues, rock and exhilarated ethno-pop in Restaurant Legato. Performances for children and the young alternate with grown-up programmes. The Concert Hall has the ambition to mirror the world’s cultural life and offer that and good food, right into the lap of the people of Vara. In its first year of existence, 50 000 people chose to come to the Vara Concert Hall. And visitors keep flocking. What is the explanation of this almost supernatural magnetism? The building in itself is certainly worth a visit. The rich offer of programmes, of course. But also the food. Restaurant Legato offers tailor-made menus to go with the performance of the evening. The bus leaves at 13h and the trip take a little bit more than one hour. It is a very interesting spot, where the Concert Hall has been able to put this small town in the middle of the plains on the map!