OPEN WEEK - Gothenburg Design Festival powered by HDK. 20 – 26 November 2017.

Welcome to Open Week - Gothenburg Design Festival. HDK, Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg invites the public to explore new ideas about learning, work and social equality. With over seventy exhibitions, events, classes, workshops and talks and backed by cultural institutions, partners, students, alumni and staff as well as local and international practitioners, Open Week encourages learning to see, to think, to make and to reflect. 

The programme of the first edition of the Gothenburg Design Festival is now online at

Open Week consists of eight platforms located at venues and institutions across the city and surrounding areas, reflecting upon different aspects of ”Open”:

  • OW JOURNAL - A publishing platform and virtual exhibition space.
  • SPÄTI An after-hours venue where diverse topics, discourse and people come together.
  • OW BAMA - An exhibition displaying an ecology of knowledge presented through multiple stages.
  • OW YOUTH - A curated programme across the festival where you are never too old to play.
  • OW DISPLAYS - A cluster of exhibitions on curating education, learning and practice.
  • NIGHT SCHOOL HDK - A free public school turning the university inside out.
  • OPEN STUDIO - A network of design studios reveal the inner workings of contemporary practice.
  • OPEN HOUSE - A day that answers questions you might have about HDK and our sister department Valand Academy.

Onkar Kular, Professor in Design Interventions at HDK & Curatorial Lead of Open week:

The Gothenburg Design Festival is a wonderful opportunity to bring to the surface some of the important issues being addressed within the many creative and academic communities of Gothenburg. Through its multiple platforms Open Week outlines a proposition for a design festival that can simultaneously organise, support, befriend, converse and practice within local, national and international forums.

Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg City Library, Regional State Archives in Gothenburg, cultural center Blå Stället, Sjumilaskolan in Biskopsgården, Göteborg & Co, Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design), ADA, Art Inside Out, University main building & Humanities Library (University of Gothenburg), Viktors Kaffe, Chalmers University of Technology, Museum of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Hospital, Iaspis – Swedish Art Grants Committee + others

PRESS VIEW November 20
Press view Monday November 20, at 11 am. Starting at HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8, Gothenburg moving on to Röhsska Museum.
Professor Onkar Kular and Ulf Dalnäs, Head of HDK, present the activities and the programme. Guided tour of the activities within the HDK house and the exhibition OW BAMA at the Röhsska Museum.
Please register through Communications Officer


Onkar Kular, Professor in Design Interventions at HDK & Curatorial Lead of Open week
+46 (0)766 186 805,

Ulf Dalnäs, Head of HDK
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Carina Krantz, Communications Officer
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Portrait picture of Onkar Kular. Photographer: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

OPEN WEEK SELECTED EVENTS (the entire programme on

On Monday 20th the festival will be launched with exhibitions opening at HDK, Röhsska Museum, University main building, Regional State Archives in Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Hospital, Humanities Library (University Library), Viktors Kaffe, Studio Kiosken and the Sjumilaskolan in Biskopsgården. Exhibitions will also present talks, workshops and multi-language tours throughout the week. Monday will also see the launch of the after hour’s venue, Späti designed and programmed by Markus Miessen and Studio Nock.

Tuesday 21st will see the launch of the exhibition Reality Check at the Museum of Gothenburg and a mini-symposium with Linda Hilfling Ritasdatter, Nikita Mazurov & Jonas Ingvarsson focused on books, code and networks. During the afternoon Nina Due, director of Röhsska Museum will moderate a conversation between designer Markus Bergström and the Danish architect Carsten Hoff. Tuesday will also include the launch of Night School HDK with a screening and workshop on Bruce Lee & Intersectional Teaching by Lory Dance and the Unexpected Opportunities workshop by Jonathan Appelfelt. The final event of the day will be a talk and panel discussion with Alejandro Arevena/Elemental in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology.

Wednesday 22nd will begin with a city walk with writer & musician Magnus Haglund. A lunchtime talk with curator Jan Boelen (director of the Istanbul Design Biennale) followed by Prof. Peter Lang in conversation with Andrea Malanski around digital preservation and heritage. The afternoon will include a zine-making workshop with Mattias Gunnarsson and Anna Hydén. That evening Söderberg prize winner Daniel Rybakken gives a talk at the Gothenburg City Library and the Night School will present events with the Precarious Workers Brigade and the Shadow Curriculum with Fredric Gunve & Judith Seng

On Thursday 23rd there will be lunchtime talks with both Morten Nottelman & Omforma. The night school will host a Portfolio school with staff from HDK and a workshop by design historian Tom Cubbins. The night school will also host a special two-part food chat show by Globala Tanter and a talk with She's a Show and Linda Hintz

Friday 24th is Öppet Hus with a number of workshops by HDK staff and include music and events throughout the day. Öppet Hus will also welcome pupils from Frölundaskolan for a one-off exhibition. The night school will present a Parse Dialogue on Migration, Heritage, Institutions and Social justice with Alessandro Petti & Gabi Dolff-Bonekamper and a workshop by She’s a Show. A talk on Crafts and Ethics with Christien Meindertsma & Jessica Hemmings will take place in Röhsska Museum. Designkanalen will also be working collaboratively with Blå Stället/Angered at HDK and an Open Studios event will take place across Gothenburg on Friday with guest designer Fredric Paulsen.

There will be multi-language workshops and classes throughout the day on Saturday 25th. Saturday will also include workshops with Play Without Borders at Blå Stället, a bookbinding workshop by artist Olle Essvik at HDK and a final event hosted by the Design Politics course in Späti with Stephan Trüby, Markus Miessen, Hannes Grassegger, and Forensic Architecture.

Open Week will additionally collaborate with Art Inside Out and current residents Samir Alj Fält & Byggstudio on workshops and the OW Journal.

For the full programme please visit