The Thinking Hand

The Thinking Hand is an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. The nominated entries are ususal exhibited at the Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities. This year's exhibition will be an online gallery.

The royal palaces will close temporarily

In connection with the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, HM The King has decided that public operations at the royal palaces should be closed temporarily, read more.

This decision applies from 21 March until further notice, depending on ongoing developments.

Pre-booked tickets for entry, tours and programme activities during the period of closure will be refunded.

EXHIBITION 2020 ONLINE
The Thinking Hand spring exhibtion will 2020 be an online gallery here at the website in the end of April.

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. Due to the current situation, the exhibition 2020 will be presented here at the website.

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 in January on:

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

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.

The annual spring exhibition is usual on show at Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace. This year's exhibtion will be an online gallery at the website. The museum is located in the northeast wing of the palace, offering fine views over the Logården gardens. When we will be able to open the Palace to the public will be announced here at the website.

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

THE THINKING HAND

The nominees 2020:
Aron Landahl (b. 84)
Esbjörn Grip (b. 93 )
Felix Vasquez Aguilera (b. 84)
Ingrid Giro (b. 87)
Jesper O.T. Andersson (b. 91)
Joakim Derlow (b. 90)
Kristin Karlsson (b. 88)
Minna Floss (b. 92)
Siri Carlén (b. 86)
Tomas Lundgren (b. 85)

Visit us

A guided tour will ensure that your visit to the palace is particularly memorable. Our knowledgeable guides bring objects to life, puttin...

Read more

The palace's grand state rooms, the mediaeval gate at the Tre Kronor Museum and the crowns in the Treasury are just a few of the exciting...

Read more

Events

What is the Palace like by night? There's music, art, grand rooms, sculptures and a grand design exhibition! For one night only, you can ...

Read more

The Thinking Hand is an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. The nominated entries will this year be exhibited at Royalp...

Read more

The "Look at the rugs – find me" exhibition will be extended until the autumn, in the hope that we can re-open to visitors later this yea...

Read more

Discover more at The Royal Palace

The Royal Apartments at the Palace are a collective name for the magnificent state rooms that are used at The King and Queen's receptions...

Read more

In dark cellar vaults at the Royal Palace the Monarchy's most important symbols – the Regalia – are kept in safe-keeping. See fascinating...

Read more

The Museum Three Crowns (Tre Kronor) is a museum dedicated to the original Tre Kronor Palace in Stockholm, which was destroyed in a viole...

Read more

Welcome to a boutique that is something out of the ordinary. The Royal Gift Shop is a unique present and souvenir shop offering products ...

Read more

Welcome to one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794. Gustav III's collection of sculptures are shown in the P...

Read more

The Royal Chapel features examples of architecture, décor and artworks by some of the leading masters of their times: Nikodemus Tessin th...

Read more

Articles and movies

In connection with the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, HM The King has decided that public operations at t...

Buy ticket

In connection with the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, HM The King has decided that public operations at t...

Read more

Customer service

Opening hours:

Visit us

FAQ

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

More FAQ