'The Thinking Hand' – spring exhibition

'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 – Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

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

The exhibition will be on show 27 April–23 June 2019 in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

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

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 competition is open to young draftsmen working with visual interpretation within art, architecture, fashion, design, illustration, games development or other related fields. 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.

Den Tänkande Handen, teckningsutställning på Kungliga slottet

Free entry to the annual spring exhibition at Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace.

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 2018 exhibition.

King Gustav III made his collection available for the purposes of study. Artists and interested amateurs from the higher levels of society were invited to study the sculptures at the palace. The museum opened in 1794.