Gothenburg Design Festival is an open platform for collaborative learning that uses artistic processes to reflect upon and experiment with design as an agent of change in the creation of socially sustainable futures.
Over an intense week, HDK – the Academy of Design and Crafts invites the public to explore new ideas about learning, work and social equality. Through exhibitions, classes, workshops, talks and the unexpected, Gothenburg Design Festival supports a wide-ranging public discussion of the significance and importance of openness for design, art, crafts and architecture. In collaboration with state schools, cultural organisations, staff, students, alumni, as well as local and international practitioners and experts, Gothenburg Design Festival challenges established fields of knowledge and encourages you to see, think, make and reflect.
All activities during Open week are free of charge and open to participation.
ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art is an organisation that unifies the analysis of ideas, art politics and artistic production. ICIA was founded in response to the need for an institute that works strategically with development issues within the art and design field. Clients include municipalities, regions, art organisations and institutions, as well as businesses that in various ways require professional consultancy regarding structural development areas within contemporary art.
The HDK is the School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg is a design school in Gothenburg. It belongs to the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. It was started in 1848 with the name Slöjdföreningens skola.