The Art Gallery opening hours:
The Easter Open Studios Week holidays 10–18, weekdays 13–17
What is ÖSKG? (East Skånes Artists´ Society)
It all started in 1968. A handful of artists decided to open their studios to the public during whitsuntide. Six years later the Open Studio Week during withsun had developed into the Easter Open Studios Week with over 60 artists involved. It needed some sort of organization. After several important meetings ÖSKG was born.
ÖSKG concerns itself with the artistic interests of it's members and issues regarding the state of the cultural life, while arranging an artweek during the Easter week.
The professional artist registered in East Skåne may seek membership. Admission take place every second year. All the applications are closely examined by a jury comprising of three people. These juries are subsequently changed after every intake session.
ÖSKG has today over 140 members. Most of the artistic fields are represented. Sculptors, painters, textile artists, glassblowers, silversmiths, ceramic artists, printmakers, handcraftsmen, wood and computer artists congregate several times during the year to hold meetings to vote in the presiding committee and chairman.
The members take these opportunities to socialize fulfilling, another of ÖSKG´s special functions. Artists seldom have work-colleagues and when the summer guests have gone home and the winter winds make it difficult to warm the studio, it can be reassuring to know that one is not alone. There are also others in the same situation!
The Easter Open Studios Week invites the public directly into the homes of the artists. Many who might otherwise feel very uncomfortable about visiting a gallery have subsequently developed a keen interest in looking at art. To wander with the masses amongst the colour patches and easels in a studio built from a renovated barn can make the experience of looking at art relaxing. Maybe even be able to engage the artist himself in a discussion.
The idea has proved to be so effective that many have imitated it. As a consequence ÖSKG recedes many study visits from across the country and abroad. Today there are similar artweeks in Northwest Skåne, Oslo, Copenhagen, Bohuslän and in Dalarna.
ÖSKG wants to be able to open up the possibilities for making art accessible to the public. "We are a link between the public and Art" says Anders Wingård.
Since 1991 ÖSKG runs an art gallery, Tjörnedala konsthall in Baskemölla. Except the Easter Open Studios Weeks collection exhibition it shows about 6–8 other exhibitions during the year. Most of the Artists are invited and come from other parts of Sweden or abroad. For example; Peter Greenaway from Great Britain and John Olsen from Denmark (Denmark's participate at the Venice Biennale 1996). ÖSKG also arranges workshops and seminaries for artists.
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