At Österängens Konsthall admission is free. You can slip in here when you feel like it, enjoy a coffee and experience contemporary art in the form of photos, video installations, sculpture, performance. Or go to a workshop, children’s theatre or language café.
“A venue for contemporary art has been missing in Jönköping,” says Johanna Linder, initiator of the art gallery and its chief administrator. “I feel it’s important to fill this void and bring a breath of what’s happening in the greater international art world to Jönköping.”
The idea of making contemporary art accessible to everyone – regardless of age, nationality or ethnic background – is something that can be seen in many places right now, both in Sweden and the world. Tensta Konsthall, Botkyrka Konsthall and Konsthall C in Farsta are some examples.
“It was important to locate the art gallery in the city’s outskirts rather than to build a large, elegant structure in the centre, where only the inveterate cognoscente would find it,” Johanna says. She notes that here you can find a group of traditional culture mavens in one part of the premises while three Somalian dads go off with their children in the arts and crafts workshop at the other end. “People that would never have met in any other way do so in the art gallery. It’s really special!”
A lot going on
Every term about three different exhibitions are on display. Future programmes will include an architecture lab with students from the Royal Institute of Technology and an exhibition by cartoonist Nina Hemmingsson. Johanna refers those who want to keep track of what’s happening to the art gallery’s home page.
Johanna’s best 5 in Jönköping
A day of fun with children
Röttle Village outside Gränna. It has the forest, a waterfall, a lake, mills, jetties and rocks. Have a picnic in the beech forest. There are so many exciting things to do!
Eat well and have a cosy evening
Then I prefer to go to Restaurang N.E.O. I’m a vegetarian and the tapas there are extremely good.
Find something indoors
Then clearly you should go to Österängens Konsthall! Look around, enjoy a snack and simply be.
Ride to Visingsö. It is the closest you can get to a sense of the sea hereabouts. Everyone talks about Visingsö’s magic, and there is something magical about the island. Every season has its own drama out there.
To regain strength
Then I lie on the shore in Bunnström with a book. I was born and raised by that lake, which is not far from where John Bauer had his house. There is something about Småland lakes that I’m very fond of.