On Thursday 22 April, The King opened The Thinking Hand – an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. The King opened the exhibition with a digital speech.
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. Of the entries received, ten draftsmen are selected to show their work.
This year's nominees and their work are being presented in a digital gallery on the Royal Palaces website from 22 April until 22 June 2021.
In his opening speech, The King said:
"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!"
This year's exhibiting draftsmen are Titus Boguslaw, Cecilia Hedlund, Hanna Holmgren, Fanny Hallgren, Matilda Hall, Hannah Clarkson, Viktor Mattsson, Martin Thunberg, Olivia Skjöld and Joar Torbiörnsson.
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 in May.
A scholarship fund was established to mark 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 arranges the competition in association with the Royal Court.