In 1937 The National Public Art Council (NPAC) was established in Sweden. Originally the idea was born in the aftermath of the First World War, with the intention to support artists who were particularly struck economically by the recession. We made a trip around Stockholm during a weekend to find out more about this permanent public exhibition!
PUBLIC ART TODAY!
Over the years NPAC has made it possible for artists to get access to the broader public. NPAC was in 1997 given the mandate to support projects in a much wider sense. Today this includes population centers under renewal, new and older housing areas, traffic areas, schoolyards, church rooms, town squares, and more! Collaborations with institutions such as the Modern Museum in Stockholm has resulted in projects as the reconstruction of advertisement-collaboration between Absoult Vodka and IKEA "Absolut Stockholm" made by Dutch artists Liesbeth Bik & Jos van der Pol, that took place in January this year. Work is commissioned primarily when something new is being built or when something is being renovated, to make the artist become a part of the whole building process. NPAC also makes art purchases at exhibitions.
THE GALLERY / ARCHIVE
The National Art Council at Wallingatan 20-22 in Stockholm is open for the public Tuesday through Friday between 13.00 ý 16.00 and houses a gallery as well as an archive of photographs of public art. The gallery (brand new!) demonstrates the process of how a public artwork comes about, a story seldom told. The Archive of Public art is the largest of its kind in Sweden and contains 20.000 slides, all available for loan up to three weeks at a time- free of charge!