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.

Due to the pandemic the exhibitions 2020 and 2021 were presented digitally here at the website.

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. The exhibition 2022 will be presented here at the website.

the exhibition 2022

The scholarship

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. Applicants do not need to be professionals or to have a formal arts education.

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 scholarship is announced in January on
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts' website External 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 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. The past year's exhibitions have been an online gallery at

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

the exhibition 2022

NOMINEES 2022: Kayo Mpoyi, Simon Persson, Erik Gustafsson, Felix Christiansson, Gabriel Gabriel Garble, Hilda Hildoria Larsson, Måns Palmberg, Stina Eldsten, Pontus Johansson and Selma Morshedi.

Kayo Mpoyi, Simon Persson and Gabriel Gabriel Garble.


The scholarship competition

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