The Artist in the Making and the Reality of Art Criticism

Seminars on February 17
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
at Stockholm Art Fair ’06, Sollentuna

The Stockholm Art Fair in Sollentuna is offering a half day seminar on the situation of young artists and its impact on their own writing and art criticism. Program coordinator: Sophie Allgårdh, acting editor of Paletten, freelance critic at Svenska Dagbladet and Swedish Radio, as well as one of the authors of the book, ”Svensk konst NU – 85 konstnärer födda efter 1960″ [Swedish Art Now – 85 Artists Born After 1960].

Friday, February 17, 2006 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Artist, Come Hell or High Water

How do all the recently graduated artists without a gallery go about establishing their careers?

How do artists become their own agents?

How do art schools prepare their students for mass unemployment?

Are more artists in fact needed in order to reach a utopian society?

Swedish pop and Swedish design are saving the world – when is it time for the visual artist?


Gertrud Sandqvist, Department Head, Malmö Art Academy
Andreas Ribbung, artist and producer of the exhibition ”Vardande”
[In the Making]
Ola Gustafsson, Galleri ELASTIC in Malmö, with a focus on the international art scene
Beatrice Ehrström, student at Valand School of Fine Arts with a B.S. in economics, specializing in the finances of artists
Christian Chambert, President, Swedish Art Critics Association

Moderator: Sophie Allgårdh

Friday, February 17, 2006 2:00 p.m. – 15:30 p.m.

The Artist Eye to Eye with the Art Critic

What can artists learn from art criticism?

How do art students prepare themselves for the encounter with criticism in the public arena?

How are artists trained to write about art themselves? Is the artist-writer better equipped for professional success?

Does an art criticism exist that takes note of the young generation of artists, and if so, in which media does it exist?

Does the end justify the means? What methods are permissible for art criticism?


Fredrik Svensk, freelance critic, Göteborgsposten, board member, Paletten, and instructor at Valand School of Fine Arts and the School of Photography
Fia-Stina Sandlund, artist with a specialty in norm- and power-analysis
Jessica Kempe, freelance critic at Dagens Nyheter
Måns Holst-Ekström, senior lecturer at The Royal University College of Fine Arts
Christian Chambert, President, Swedish Art Critics Association

Moderator: Sophie Allgårdh

Note: The seminars will be held in Swedish.

Admission free! All are warmly invited!
Location: Konferenssal Valhall, Art Fair in Sollentuna.
Sollentuna Expo Center (Sollentunamässan).

* The function is being organized in collaboration with
Swedish Art Critics Association.

Take the commuter rail!
16 minutes from T-Centralen in Stockholm to Sollentuna,
2-4 departures/hour.

Sollentuna Expo Center, Malmvägen 2, Sollentuna

Telephone +46 (0)8 506 650 00
Art Fair, February 16 – 19 ’06 Sollentuna