The Thinking Hand – this spring's exhibition at the Royal Palace 

This spring's main exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm will showcase the talents of young draughtsmen. The exhibition opens on 28 April, and will be on display in the Palace's beautiful sculpture gallery – Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities. 'The Thinking Hand' is a collaboration between the Royal Court and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The Thinking Hand: creative encounters in a classic setting

'The Thinking Hand' will be unveiled to mark The King's birthday, featuring around a dozen entries for His Majesty the King’s Award Competition for young draughtsmen.

The drawings will be displayed in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, representing a fascinating interaction between old and new in the beautiful sculpture gallery.

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 exhibition will be on display from 28 April to 25 June 2017 in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

Elias Martin's painting of King Gustav III's visit to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1780. Photo: The Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Elias Martin's painting of King Gustav III's visit to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1780. Photo: The Royal Academy of Fine Arts

About the competition

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. Three scholarship recipients are named, 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 draughtsmen 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 be displayed in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. 'The Thinking Hand' will be an annual event.

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Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe's oldest museums. Photo: Alexis Daflos/royalcourt.se

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe's oldest museums. Photo: Alexis Daflos/royalcourt.se