Exhibition Drawing competition The Thinking Hand

Spring exhibition The Thinking Hand is an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. See this year's nominees and their artwork in the digital gallery here at the web site. The digital exhibition is on view 22 April to 22 June 2021.

Dear art lovers,

Welcome to the digital The Thinking Hand exhibition.

During the past year, it has become clear that art and culture are finding new ways to reach audiences, including through new technology. This is a positive trend, and brings many possibilities:

More people will be able to take part in various events, no matter where they are. And positive cultural experiences can give us energy in trying times, encouraging us to persevere!

HM THE KING'S SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION is open to young draftsmen working with visual interpretation within art, architecture, fashion, design, illustration, game development and other related fields. The scholarship competition and exhibition is a collaboration between the Royal Court and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

THE 2021 NOMINEES are Titus Boguslaw, Cecilia Hedlund, Hanna Holmgren, Fanny Hallgren, Matilda Hall, Hannah Clarkson, Viktor Mattsson, Martin Thunberg, Olivia Skjöld and Joar Torbiörnsson, each participating with several artworks. The participants are nomineed by a selection committee from the Royal Academy.

Click on each nominee's artwork below to enter the artist page and see all their contributions to the scholarship competition and exhibition!

A JURY appoints three of the nominees to the scholarships, each receiving SEK 100,000. The jury consist of HRH Prince Carl Philip, Isabella Nilsson, Permanent secretary at the the Royal Academy, artists Anette Senneby, Leif Elggren and architect Petra Gipp, commissioner at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The scholarship recipients will be appointed in May 2021.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2021 are Titus Boguslaw, Hannah Clarkson and Hanna Holmgren.


In the Bernadotte Family, each generation has shown a commitment to culture and a desire to support those who work with art. We wish to wish to make special mention of Gustaf VI Adolf, a founding member of the Friends of the National Museum in 1911 and whose many years of support for the National Museum's drawing competition 'Young Draftsmen' has been a source of inspiration for the drawing competition 'The Thinking Hand'. Using his position to bring attention to, aid and support young artists was a matter of course for the former king, as it is for our current King and his son Prince Carl Philip, who has served on the jury for the scholarship competition since its inception in 2017.