Gothenburg, Sweden

Konstepidemin – The Epidemic of Art was founded in 1987, for three primary reasons. In the 1970s and 1980s there was a shortage of inexpensive facilities in the central areas of Gothenburg, as many areas in the city were due for renovation and rebuilding.

Acquiring affordable studios and workshops has always been a fundamental problem for all free creative workers, and the creators of The Epidemic of Art wanted to target this issue. The second reason for creating the centre was the ambition to build a cultural centre where different types of artists could work close together in order to inspire each other, exchange experiences and find new ways of working together. The third and perhaps most important reason was that to create a powerful and resistant social movement of artists to counter those holding political and economic power.

When the former hospital for contagious diseases was “discovered” by several Gothenburg artists in 1983, it seemed obvious for them to try to get permission for using the buildings in the area, and gradually the idea was sanctioned both by the local government and state authorities. The first studio was rented out in 1987, and artists started to reorganise the area in order to meet their own needs. A cultural centre was born, and The Epidemic of Art is now run by an independent group of artists.

The Epidemic of Art is nearly entirely self-financed, their main income coming from rental of the studios to the artists. Certain projects are also supported by the city of Gothenburg and the government. The Epidemic of Art is situated in the centre of Gothenburg and consists of ten buildings and a large park. There are around 100 studios with many different artistic groups represented, for example, designers, silversmiths, painters, writers, ceramic artists, sculptors, textile artists, photographers, film producers, actors and the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Clubs, live music, community projects, discussions/lectures, artists in residency, educational programmes, theatre performances, dance performances

Former use of the building: Hospital
Year of opening as a cultural centre: 1987

Konstepidemins väg 6, SE-41314 Göteborg | info@konstepidemin.se |
+46 31 829090
TEH Delegate: Mona Wallström mona.wallstrom@konstepidemin.se 

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