Under the guidance of artists, the art gallery is practicing a different approach with this exhibition, which is called an art school experiment. Workshops and studios are being built for various visual art technicians in the art gallery. The initiator of the idea is cultural director Per Drougge. The target group for the experimental activities is both the general public, as well as the upper secondary schools. For several years now, the art gallery has successfully targeted the younger ages. Now they want an educational follow-up for teenagers. A letter to the cultural representatives for the municipality’s art teachers offers:
Study visits in class with a review of techniques, tools, materials and machines of exhibited examples of technology and material application
Individual students may try and choose workshop and / or studio activity under the guidance of experienced artists and educators.
The exhibition Södertälje konstnärskrets 10 years, was shown in the art gallery’s graphics cabinet.
Around the walls of the art gallery were the works of the artists who were supervisors during the exhibition. Twenty kronor was the price for access to artistic material. With Lars Isacsson, you could practise still-life painting. Together with Ulrika Thunstedt,you could try sculpturing. The director of Södertälje konstnärskrets graphics workshop, Gerd Kern, taught graphic techniques.
Examples of different genres, techniques and materials were shown in the studio exhibitions. In a small corner you could find Peter Linde’s classifying sculptures. A separate exhibition was also dedicated to the art donation the municipality just had received consisting of eight paintings by TH Lidner. “Karl Teodor Lidner is one of the true amateurs, who during a long life has devoted almost all his spare time to painting.” Drougge tells Länstidningen that the paintings are consistently of high quality.
The flow of the event was great, a Wednesday Academy was also established with lectures and debates during the exhibition.
Sources: Södertälje konsthalls archive folder, text and compilation Anneli Karlsson.