Our second feature on the organisations taking part in the International Summit for Learning Disability Artists and their Support Studios will focus on Swedish organisation Inuti, and its artists Carina Pettersson and Magnus Östling.
“The Foundation Inuti (founded in 1996) runs a daily activity centre in accordance to LSS, the law of support and service for people with disabilities.
We work with artistically talented individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals within the autism spectrum. Inuti has four studios in the centre of Stockholm. Ateljé Inuti on the island Lilla Essingen, Ateljé Inuti 2 with a closeby project studio, PS2 (project studio 2) in Södermalm and Ateljé Inuti Västerbroplan.
Inuti also has an art collection, Inuti Collection, containing more than 400 pieces of art.
We are a part of national and international networks, and run an outreaching programme, with exhibitions, projects and workshops.
We often work together with professional artists and artisans, art institutions and museums. We aim to interact in society and cultural life through art events, organised by us or others.”
Carina Pettersson has been attending Inuti for eight years, and has seen her work exhibited regularly in Sweden and Europe.
“I have been interested in art and painting since a very young age. In many ways, this is something that my environment stimulated: my grandfather Karl Axel Pehrson was a famous artist and sculptor and my grandmother Birgit was trained in drawing in the advertisment-field. My mom Susanne has been a talented potter for many years. My first exhibition of ceramic works took place when I was 10 years old. After finishing secondary school, I completed six years of aesthetically oriented studies (4 years at St. Erik’s Gymnasium-senior high school, followed by 2 years at Dalaro Folkhögskolan, college).”
Magnus Östling was born in 1974 in Botkyrka, Sweden. “I work 50 percent as an office janitor and 50 percent as an artist with mostly mosaic as my main working material.” Magnus was part of the jury of the OUTsider art BIENNALE in Rackstad Konsthall, and has exhibited wildly across Sweden. “Micasa Real Estate in Stockholm AB has bought five of my mosaics to put up in the hall in Tanto sheltered house. In Swedish it is called “Trygghetsboende”: it is a place where older people can live and meet other people.”
Images from top: Magnus Östling ‘Metro between Alby and Fittja’, Carina Pettersson ‘The dogs’, Magnus Östling ‘I´m with the fish’, Carina Pettersson ‘The elephants’, Magnus Östling ‘Bus 96 between Stora och Lilla Essingen’, Carina Pettersson ‘Rainbow bright’.