2011 Artist Teresa Holmberg first came to Iföverken in Bromölla to initiate a work relationship with Ifö Ceramics. During the visit, she discovered that large parts of the factory on the upper floors had stood unused for 25 years. In some areas, birds had found their way in and were living there. Machinery and old rubble was covered in a thick layer of dust - but the light was very beautiful and the area was enormous - over 7000m2. After several meetings with the former boss, Torsten Wetterqvist, she began to sketch out a feasibility study and began to apply for funding.
2012 The feasibility study, 'Ett utforskande projekt', was carried out with the support of Leader Skåne Ess. Artists Teresa Holmberg and Jonathan Haner then had the opportunity to move into the factory for a few months to study it from an artistic perspective. The result was a compilation of new ideas and development opportunities in several areas. One of the ideas was to create a cultural center with a collective artist's space and exhibition hall.
2013 Teresa and Jonathan continued to explore the empty spaces above Ifö Ceramics. Meanwhile, efforts to seek funding for a large development project continued. The overall objective was to open up parts of Iföverken for tourism and cultural activities. In August the application for EU funding finally went through via Leader Skåne Ess and the rest of the year was devoted to preparations.
2014 In January, the EU project 'Ifö Center' officially started. Both individuals and companies began volunteering their energies and services. Professional artists and craftsmen began reaching out and got involved with the project. Various workshops, guided tours and exhibitions were held parallel with the extensive cleaning and renovation work. An Artist-in-Residence program was initiated and the contextual muralist ROA gave Bromölla a new landmark. Old equipment was dismantled and collective workshops for professional artists were built up. The ceramics factory voluntarily donated over 4.500m2 to the construction of Ifö Center, and Bromölla municipality stepped in as the principal during the project. The project also led to hundreds of original forms from Gunnar Nylund's 'Scanisaurus' being exhibited and housed permanently at Ifö Center.
2015 In March, the results of the EU funding were presented and the responsibility for Ifö Center was then moved from Bromölla municipality to the newly formed, non-profit, cultural association 'Sambandscentralen'. The ambition of Sambandscentralen is to further develop both the premises and future events. The goal is to make Ifö Center an interesting place to visit. The group consists mainly of professional artists and craftsmen. We will continue with exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, and the Artist-in -Residence program. The artist group also accepts commissions and works with public decoration assignments.
2016 In April we formed a parallel association to the Sambandscentralen group; Ifö Center Exhibit which will work to raise, maintain and propagate interest in art. ICE focuses on high-quality exhibitions, lectures and conversations about art. ICE will also be responsible for exhibitions in the newly constructed Event Hall next to Iföverken starting in December. Sambandscentralen will continue its efforts in developing workshops for the public, A.I.R. and Ifö Center as a whole. This spring we were granted regional aid for two different projects using Ifö Center as a base; Scanisaurus 2021 and the feasibility study on Ifö Center. The collective will work parallel with the projects. The feasibility study will allow us to visit and network with other collectives and organizations within the infrastructure for visual arts. During the summer, I.C. will offer work/exhibition space to 'Tomma Rum', a mobile artist collective.
We participated in a program called the Destination Development Process and began developing guided tours. In August, Milu Correch from Argentina was selected for the year's AIR program and created a new large-scale artwork on the façade of the factory. In December, we moved all exhibitions to the Sparbank Hall where they can be seen by all ages.
2017 Ifö Center builds an art gallery in the Sparbankshallen and shows nine different exhibitions during the year. Among the exhibitors are Fredrik Lindqvist, Thale Vangen and Milu Correch. In February, an experimental workshop was held with KKV Graphics in Malmö. During the winter/spring a new graphic arts studio was built and Ifö Center began a collaboration with Folk University in Kristianstad. In March, Viktoria Kindstrand was the first AIR recipient that did not work with street art. She instead chose a longer stay at Ifö Center to work on a new exhibition. The AIR program continued in May with Kim Demåne which expanded the boundaries of the outdoor gallery. His works are painted outside the factory area on the clay storage buildings between Ifö Center and Sparbankshallen. Teresa Holmberg's three-dimensional work "Living Room" was being installed in the square in front of Sparbank Hall. The Mosaic work came into place by the end of 2016 and they are now joined by more ceramic pillars and nine large ceramic and fiber concrete sculptures. Ifö Center's operations have now visually changed large parts of village center and the project is given Rotary's environmental award. Behind the scenes, the enormous task of installing radiators on the 3rd and 4th floors was finished. Since 2014 we have collected used radiators and installed 984 meters of pipe. Just before Christmas, jazz singer Almaz Yebio performed for our members in the Little Gallery. The preliminary study on Ifö Center ends with a 78-page report.
2018 was the first year of regional funding when Region Skåne decided to invest in Ifö Center as a resource center for visual arts. Teresa Holmberg is employed as the executive officer. The association is growing steadily and we are now over 130 members. Ifö Center Konsthall continues with exhibitions by Ida Thunström, Susanne Demåne and Maher Abdel Aziz and more will be displayed throughout the year. Ifö Center participates in "The Art of Meeting" and the Scanisaurus project continues with study visits to Valencia and Bornholm. Course activities are expanded and we collaborate with Konstitutet. Behind the scenes we work with the infrastructure and equipment for the public workshops. In April, a demolition contract with the municipality for the villa "Skansen" will be concluded and a new scholarship will be announced.
If you would like to support the construction of Ifö Center, you can join us for $ 25 a month or register to our volunteer pool.