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Sweden's first arts network looks to 2016

Galleries, museums and artists' groups join forces to plan for next five years

STOCKHOLM. Museums, galleries and artists' organisations in Sweden are forming a network (as yet unnamed) for the first time. In mid-October, the Konstnärernas Riksorganisation (the Swedish Artists' National Organisation) and the Sveriges Konsthantverkare & Industriformgivare (the Association of Swedish Craftsmen and Industrial Designers, KIF) hosted a two-day conference in Stockholm called “Agenda 2016”.

The speakers included Daniel Birnbaum, the director of the city's Moderna Museet, and Eva-Lotta Holm Flach of the Swedish gallery Flach. “Our aim is to bring together those who, owing to different interests, have so far been in separate interest groups,” says Johan Wingestad, the chairman of KIF, who was the project manager of the conference.

In the coming months, the network plans to publish a paper outlining how the Swedish arts sector is expected to develop in the next five years.

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