An amazing art festival every spring
Every year around the Easter holidays, Skåne is buzzing with activity and creativity as artists all over the region open their studios and workshops to visitors. Hundreds of artists come together to arrange this art festival with venues all over the county, marking their exhibitions with colourful flags so you find them easily.
Five different art tours at once
This enormous art event, in Swedish called Konstrundan (roughly translated as the Art Tour), consists of five different routes, each arranged by the local artists’ association. The only distinction between the five different art tours is the geographic aspect; each one of the Konstrundan art tours in Skåne represents a variety of disciplines. Painters, sculptors and artisans all take part and show their art, a unique opportunity to indulge in everything from paintings and sculptures to metal works, drawings, prints, woodcrafts, ceramics, porcelain, photo art and more in just one or a few days.
Visit professional artists in their homes and studios
As a seal of approval, all the artists who are part of Konstrundan must be members of the local artists’ association. This means they must be established creatives within their area of expertise, professional artists who make their living from art.
For visitors longing for new inspiration, home décor and a sense of Scandinavian springtime at its best, this is the perfect occasion, as some artists will invite you into their own homes and workshops. This is an amazing opportunity to meet and talk to the people behind the art, discuss their work and smell the paint. Some artists exhibit their work collectively in a variety of beautiful locations that are often an attraction in themselves.
An abundance of art, and it is all for free
Konstrundan is an institution that aims to make local art accessible to everyone. All the Konstrundan expos are free of charge, and the only thing you need to enjoy this art expo on a massive scale is the means to get around.
Although the artists all open their studios or homes to display and sell their art, there is no obligation to buy anything. Instead, visitors are encouraged to browse and enjoy the experience. Every year, local artists’ associations also arrange art lotteries, so if you are lucky you might win a piece of art to bring home.
Plan your art excursion
The number of artists that partake in this yearly event is mindboggling and it may prove hard to cover them all in one go. There is a lot to be enjoyed. This is a unique opportunity to admire a variety of disciplines in a short period of time. If you want to see it all, you’ll need to work out an efficient itinerary and allow for a few days to explore.
An excellent way is to head straight for one of the group exhibitions, arranged by each of the art associations where you’ll find one piece of art from each of the Konstrundan participants. Pick your favourites, get a free map and head out. Or just look for the little coloured flags that mark an artist’s residence and let that guide your way.
Skåne – a region with a long art history
Ever since the seventeenth century, Skåne, and particularly the eastern part of Skåne called Österlen, has attracted artists and painters. For hundreds of years, creatives have migrated to this part of the country for the same reason that artists like to settle in the south of France, namely the light. Light conditions are unique, and the open landscapes and vibrant colour scheme of Skåne is present in a lot of the art produced here. Skåne has been home to famous painters like Prince Eugene, Ola Billgren and Ellen Trotzig, who where all influenced by the scenery and nature.
Spring in Skåne = art
Konstrundan takes place early spring in Skåne. The light green signs of early foliage contribute to the festive feel of the event, and the art tour is a great way to explore the countryside of Skåne.
The southwestern corner of the county is mostly flat and offers miles of unobstructed and breathtaking views along the winding, narrow roads that lead to your destination. But when you turn north, the landscape slowly changes.
The ever-present agricultural scenery follows you wherever you go, but the vibe is different, consisting of forests the further you head north. The Bjäre peninsula and around the bay to the town of Mölle and the Kullaberg natural reserve has rolling hills and a dramatic mountainous coastline. Each region of Skåne offers a different impression and could almost be considered a work of art itself.