Virserum Konsthall, located in Swedish woodland with memories from successful furniture manufacturing in the past, have since 2004 every third year specifically highlighted questions regarding sustainability and the forest with its cultural significance. These exhibitions are named WOOD and next year’s exhibition is WOOD2019 with focus on wood architecture and sustainable rural areas.
Sustainable living for the future is often presented in science or in thought from an urban point of view. It is important to take into account a discussion regarding a sustainable future which include what is outside the urban. Which is the rural areas appearance in the future and what opportunities are there for its developing? What happens with the small towns or the countryside? WOOD2019 wants to contribute to a widened discussion regarding sustainability in all parts of society. What should the exchange between rural and urban areas look like? How does this effect communication, jobs, public services?
Virserum Konsthall invites to participation in the international competition Architecture of Necessity. It is a part of the project WOOD2019 that Virserum Konsthall arrange with the support from the Municipality of Hultsfred and the Regional Federation of Kalmar County. The manifesto on the Architecture of Necessity was first launched in 2009. Earlier exhibitions in 2010, 2013 and 2016 have in all received 600 entries from more than 40 countries. Read more about next years competition here.
Virserum Konsthall invites students of architecture and design to create pavilions in the area around the art gallery. The pavilions should be designed as open meeting places, protected from sun, wind and rain, and at the same time open and accessible for all. Read more about the invitation here.