The King attends the opening of The Thinking Hand drawing competition

On Friday 26 April, The King attended the opening of The Thinking Hand drawing competition from which ten draftsmen's contributions are being displayed in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The Thinking Hand is an annual drawing competition and exhibition for young draftsmen working with visual interpretation within art, architecture, fashion, design, illustration, games development or other related fields. Ten draftsmen have been selected from the submissions received to have their work displayed in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

During the opening ceremony, The King gave a speech and then met the nominees who demonstrated and spoke about their work.

The King and draftsman Muhammad Ali in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

The King and draftsman Muhammad Ali in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

This year's exhibiting draftsmen are:

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Sara Anstis
  • Valentine Isaeus-Berlin
  • Anna Engver
  • Django Giambanco
  • Evelina Holmberg
  • Ingrid Klintskog
  • Emelie Markgren
  • Eugène Sundelius von Rosen
  • Sophie Westerlind

A jury will then select three draftsmen to receive a scholarship of 100,000 kronor each from the Elisabeth and Gustaf Douglas Scholarship Fund. The three scholarship recipients will be announced on 6 June.

The Thinking Hand will be on display from 26 April to 23 June in Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

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The King with draftsman Django Giambanco.

The King with draftsman Django Giambanco. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

About The Thinking Hand – HM The King's Scholarship Competition for Young Draftsmen

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.

Three scholarship recipients are named, each receiving 100,000 kronor. 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 Royal Academy of Fine Arts is arranging the competition in association with the Royal Court.