Department of Culture
The Culture Department consists of six divisions: Malmö School of Arts, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Museer, Malmö City library and Malmö City Archives.
The Department consists of seven divisions: Malmö School of Arts, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Museer, Malmö Libraries, Cultural and Community Centres and Malmö City Archives. Pernilla Conde Hellman is Malmö’s Director of Culture.
The Department works with strategic development in the culture sector, preparing agenda items for the Culture Committee, as well as finance, human resources and communication.
The unit of Cultural Grants
The unit of Cultural Grants has the job of allocating various forms of funding to the independent cultural sector in Malmö. The independent cultural sector is comprised of independent cultural organizations and cultural workers in all fields of art who operate outside the cultural institutions. Most of the support goes to cultural activities at the professional level.
The funding is given partly in the form of operational subsidies to bodies that regularly arrange concerts, performances, exhibitions, etc. and partly in the form of project grants for events that are held occasionally or for a maximum twelve-month project period. Independent cultural workers can apply for cultural bursaries once a year.
Malmö School of Arts and TryItOut
Malmö School of Arts (Malmö Kulturskola) offers children and young people in Malmö between the ages of 7 and 19 teaching in art and design, dance, animated film, music, comics and drama on their spare time. All students at the school are given the opportunity to take part in ensembles, orchestras, choirs, exhibitions, concerts and various other cultural projects. Malmö Kulturskola is located in Kulturhuset Mazetti but does also offer teaching at schools all over the city.
To make sure that every child in Malmö gets in touch with Malmö Kulturskola and its various artforms the TryItOut-assembly meet all seven-year-olds and give them the opportunity to encounter and experience culture in a playful way. TryItOut inspires children to participate in cultural life and gives them the opportunity to actively choose amongst cultural interests and hobbies.
During 2013 Malmö School of Arts will continue to develop to be able to reach all children and will start working with the El Sistema-model in different areas of Malmö.
Malmö Konsthall is 2000 m² for contemporary and international art - famous for its great flexibility, generous space and fantastic light. The construction materials are light and simple: concrete, glass, wood, aluminum. An exhibition space that poses endless challenges to the artists and great exhibitions to the visitors.
At the inauguration in 1975 the architect Klas Anshelm himself described the building as "A large, low concrete box, opening up toward the park and the skies ´light´". Malmö Konsthall´s primary mandate is to exhibit both international and Swedish contemporary art. Malmö Konsthall also offers an extensive educational programme for schools and daily guided tours for its visitors. Malmö Konsthall also has a bookstore and a restaurant.
Malmö Art Museum
At Malmö Art Museum, you can discover Nordic contemporary art and wander through time and space showing the history and development of painting and furniture-making. The museum presents approximately ten exhibitions a year in the form of art historical exhibitions, retrospective exhibitions of individual artists or group exhibitions with various themes.
Malmö Art Museum has one of the largest art collections in the country. It contains primarily art from the Nordic countries. The foundation consist of art from the 1910s and the 1940s donated by Herman Gotthardt. Over the last 20 years, the museum has built up Sweden's largest collection of Nordic contemporary art, which is continually expanded through purchases and donations.
The museum's profile is also strengthened by a series of special collections, such as the extensive Carl Fredrik Hill collection, a unique collection of Russian art from the turn of the 20th century, as the collections of art by Ester Almqvist, Christian Berg, Max Walter Svanberg, Gunnar Norrman and Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. In recent times, important donations have been made by the artists Torsten Andersson, Barbro and Holger Bäckström and Dan Wolgers. During spring and autumn, chamber music concerts are held in the Skovgaardsalen.
Malmö Museer is Southern Sweden's largest museum and located on Malmöhusvägen in the heart of Malmö in a beautiful park-like setting surrounded by canals. At Malmö Museer you can see everything from the Nordic region´s oldest surviving Renaissance castle to fantastic vehicles and live animals.
The museum´s permanent exhibitions focus on history, natural history, technology and seafaring. There are also about a dozen temporary exhibitions every year. Malmö Museer is responsible for preservation of the cultural environment and has extensive collections, including those of textiles and photography. Malmö Museer also owns Malmö's smallest museum, Ebbas hus, on Snapperupsgatan as well as Slottsmöllan, Fiskehoddorna and Wowragården in Söda Sallerup.
Malmö City Library
Malmö City Library is well known for its beautiful architecture as for how it seeks out new ways to offer knowledge and entertainment in a multicultural Malmö. A few years ago Malmö City Library was selected as Library of the Year in Sweden. It also received the Swedish National Encyklopedia's Knowledge Award and the City of Malmö's Diversity and Integration Prize, among other things for using the services of multilingual upper secondary school students who speak languages most commonly spoken by local immigrants to help visitors who do not understand Swedish.
Malmö City Library has over 500,000 books and literature in some 60 languages, newspapers and magazines from around the world, DVD films, audio and talking books, and video games. The library has special departments for the environment, travel, and design. Malmö City Library focuses strongly on serving the needs of the business community and is also one of the European Commission´s Europe Direct information relay centers. Many free events for both children and adults are organized at the library every year.
Malmö City Archives
Malmö City Archives house documents going back 700 years in time as well as archives from the modern era. The oldest document is a letter of privilege issued by King Magnus Eriksson in 1353. The storage facility contains some 15 000 shelf meters of national, municipal, and private archival documents. besides text documents, there are also considerable collections of photographs, drawings, maps, posters and films.
The City Archives are responsible for preserving documents and making them accessible to the general public. The City Archives offers research services and educational activities and also present exhibitions on various themes.
Cultural and community centres
The Department’s newest division, Cultural and Community Centres groups together a number of units who have responsibility for managing and developing activities centres across the city, staging the city’s popular 8 week long summer festival, and providing a wide range of culture activities to Malmö’s schools and nurseries.
The Children and Young People’s unit is a development and coordination resource for cultural activities for those in education, up to the age of 19. The unit’s work includes developing artistic and pedagogical concepts, coordinating the commissioning and provision of cultural programmes and projects in collaboration with nurseries and schools across the city, and providing relevant training and development activities for pedagogues. The unit works in close collaboration and cooperation with the city’s school departments.
The Activities Centres’ unit manages and develops culture resources for the community in a number of Malmö’s neighbourhoods. These include two All Activities Centres with a strong equalities and inclusion profile, open seven days a week, completely free and for all ages. Arena 305 is a creative centre for those in age group 15-25, with a music and dance profile that attracts young people from across the city. Kirseberg’s Culture House is a neighbourhood resource where local and city-wide associations can use the facilities for their own cultural activities and meetings. Lindgården/Returen is a local meeting place and recycling centre where residents take part in activities around the theme sustainable living, or simply run their own activities. The over-arching theme for all these centres is that the city’s residents, cultural workers, community groups and voluntary associations are active participants and creative partners in development of Malmö’s cultural life.
Sommarscen Malmö is Malmö’s outdoor festival of performing arts that takes place over two months every summer. Nearly 200 performances, showcasing artists from across the globe, take place at 40 open-air venues and sites across the city, and are attended by many thousands of Malmö’s residents. All the performances are free.