Where light becomes art

© Konstnär: Elna Jolom, foto: Dan Sköld

Art has traditionally played a leading role in Ystad and Österlen. Österlen is the landscape of art and culture. Artists have made their way here for a  long time to capture the authentic atmosphere and that extraordinary light. The wide range of art studios, galleries, art halls, and artists' homes is hard to come across anywhere else.

The annual Easter Art Tour always proves very popular and was the first of its kind in the country. During other parts of the year you create your own tour among stimulating, beautiful and provocative exhibitions.

A few suggestions on exciting places to visit

Tomelilla Konsthall


The beautiful art hall, built in 1965, features a variety of art forms, techniques and expressions from Swedish and international artists, as well as exhibitions including works from Tomelilla's art collection. The Tomelilla Kulturhus arts centre includes a library, a tourist information office, a visual arts school and a jazz archive.



Brösarps konsthall


The gallery opened in 2006 and is run by Brösarps Gästgifveri and Galerie Leger in Malmö.

Their ambition is to offer exhibitions by artists with a connection to Skåne and Österlen.



Österlens Glashytta in Norra Björstorp offers high quailty plants, lamps, vases and other items made from glass - all in willful shapes inspired by nature - by artist Elna Jolom. Here you can also try glass-blowing yourself during the summer.

Ateljé Brännorna is run by potter Thomas Alexandersson and artist Lena Viredius, exhibiting paintings and salt glazed pottery burned in wood-fired kilns.

Mårtenpers källa is an arts centre between Brantevik and Skillinge, featuring exhibitions and stage performances. Enjoy art, music and talks. 

Galleri Thomas Wallner in Simris is a relatively new gallery. Thomas Wallner displays high quality, exciting contemporary art.

Kivik Art Centre is a creative and debated place right at the intersection of art, architecture and nature. Unique experiences await in this beautiful spot, just north of the nature reserve Stenshuvud.

Fabriken Bästekille is an art hall in a closed factory, featuring contemporary art exhibitions as well as other cultural events during Easter and the summer. Their latest summer exhibition was awarded Best exhibition in Skåne 2012.

Galleri Danart in Glimminge, between Gislöv and Östra Hoby, offers Nordic, high quality art. They are also agents for art club Konstklubben Våga Se.