The Thinking Hand

The Thinking Hand is an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. The nominated entries are exhibited in the beautiful stone gallery at the Royal Palace of Stockholm – Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

A scholarship fund was established on The King's birthday in 2016 by Elisabeth and Gustaf Douglas to support young professionals who work with draftsmanship.

'The Thinking Hand' – both HM The King's scholarship competition and the exhibition – is an annual collaboration between the Royal Court and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Creative encounters in a classical setting

The entries from around a dozen nominees are displayed each year in a spring exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. See the dates and opening hours in our calendar.

There will be free entry to the exhibition 'The Thinking Hand'. If visitors wish to see other parts of the palace on the same occasion, a regular entry ticket must be purchased.

About the scholarship

Three of the nominees will receive scholarships, with each receiving SEK 100,000. The aim is to recognise specific knowledge and the interaction between eye and hand, in order to develop thoughts about visual interpretation and to enhance its status.

The competition is open to young draftsmen working with visual interpretation within art, architecture, fashion, design, illustration, games development or other related fields. The competition is being arranged by Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and around a dozen entries will then be displayed in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. 'The Thinking Hand', both the scholarship competition and the exhibition, will be an annual event.

The competition and the scholarship recipients will be announced on the Royal Academy of Fine Arts' websiteexternal link, opens in new window.

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts was founded at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in 1735, with the aim of supporting trainee painters, sculptors and architects. More than 280 years later, this aim lives on in the form of the new scholarship fund.

The museum is located in the northeast wing of the palace, offering fine views over the Logården gardens.

The exhibition features nominated entries from H.M. The King's Scholarship Competition for Young Draftsmen. Here, The King is seen at the opening of the 2017 exhibition.

There is free entry to the annual exhibition.

The competition is advertised on the Royal Academy of Fine Arts' website.


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