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Organization plan for the Royal Institute of Art.

Art School and Government Agency

The Royal Institute of Art is an art school and a government agency (myndighet) that runs under the Ministry of Education and Research. Its operations are largely financed by government grants, and some of the research conducted here is funded by stipends from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), for instance. We operate within the framework stated by the Higher Education Law (högskolelagen) and the Higher Education Act (högskoleförordningen).

The Royal Institute of Art’s mission is to conduct education and carry out research in the arts. Our mandate is defined in laws and ordinances as well as in the regulatory articles that are available from the Swedish National Financial Management Authority (Ekonomistyrningsverket):

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the Royal Institute of Art’s highest decision-making body, and handles issues relating to the institution’s organization and the overall direction of operations. The Board consists of external representatives appointed by the Government for a three-year period. In addition, the Vice-Chancellor, teacher representatives, student representatives and trade union representatives are included on the Board.


Ewa Kumlin, director The Swedish Institute, Paris

Vice Chairperson

Lars Nittve, CEO 


Sara Arrhenius

Members appointed by the Swedish government Maj 1, 2020 – April 30, 2023

Therése Ivekby Gardell, University Director
Annika Levin, Cultural Consultant
Joakim Stymne, General Director
Erik Westin, Business- and real estate developer
Matts Leiderstam, Artist
Dragana Vujanovic Östlind, Chief Supervisor

Teacher members

Åsa Andersson Broms
Cecilia Sagrén
Sophie Tottie

Student memebers

Moa Engström
Salad Hilowle
Emelie Palmelund

Union members

Åsa Andersson, SACO-S
Göran Svennborn, ST-ATF


Björn Larsson, Adjunct Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Anna Wennergrund, Head of Administration
Vice-Chancellor’s Secretary

The Institution’s Management

The Royal Institute of Art’s management is comprised of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and the Head of Administration.


Sara Arrhenius leads the organization and is the Royal Institute of Art’s foremost artistic and academic representative. As head of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the government agency and is a member of its Board of Directors. The Vice-Chancellor’s staff includes Secretary Emelie Bergslätt and Head of Education Magnus Kirchhoff. Sara Arrheniues is currently inactive as Vice-Chancellor, due to research and strategic work at the Royal Institute of Art.

Interim Vice-Chancellor

Romulo Enmark is Interim Vice-Chancellor during autumn 2020.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Björn Larsson is adjunct Deputy Vice-Chancellor, which means that he is deputy when the Vice-Chancellor is absent. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is chair of the Collegiate Education and Research Board and the Academic Appointments Board.

Fredrik Ehlin has been a member of the institution’s management since 2016, and an employee since 2011. He is the Depute Vice-Chancellor but currently inactive.

Head of Administration

Anna Wennergrund is Head of Administration and responsible for the Royal Institute of Art’s administrative organization.

The Head of Administration makes decisions within their delegation, and is responsible for the administration’s preparation of matters deliberated on by the Vice-Chancellor or the institution’s Board of Directors. The position includes ensuring good support for education and research. The Head of Administration is responsible for the Royal Institute of Art’s fulfillment of certain criteria as a government agency.

Vice-chancellor’s advisory board

The Vice-chancellor’s advisory board provides administrative support to the Vice-chancellor. The board consists of Romulo Enmark, advisor to the Vice-chancellor; Björn Larsson, deputy vice-chancellor; the vice-chancellor’s secretary; Oliver Krug, Head of Communications; Joakim Carlson, communicator; and Magnus Kirchhoff, education leader.


Our teachers play a crucial role for students and their development, and many of them are experienced artists.


The Royal Institute of Art’s administration is an important source of support for both teachers and staff. The administration consists of finance, HR, real estate, IT, quality-development and education- and research administration. The role also covers the registrar, archives and libraries.

Head of Administration: Anna Wennergrund

Committees and Councils

Our committees and councils have representatives from administration, staff, and students.

Admissions committee

Admissions committees are put together for admission to programs and freestanding courses. In the admissions committees, there are also student representatives from the Royal Institute of Art. The admissions committee for the programs also includes an external member.

Admissions committee 2021-22:
Asier Mendizabal (chairman)
Kristina Jansson
Natasha Marie Llorens
Sophie Tottie
Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole
Martin Christensen 

The Disciplinary Committee

The Disciplinary Committee handles cases of disciplinary action taken against students. The Vice-Chancellor is chairperson of the committee. The committee also consists of a legally qualified member—who ought to be (or have been) a regular judge—plus a representative teacher from the institution, whom the Vice-Chancellor appoints. The students at the institution have the right to be represented on the committee by two members.


Sara Arrhenius (chairwoman)
Marie-Louise Richards
Mattias Andersson, student representative
Sara Ekholm Eriksson, student representative

The Academic Appointments Committee

The Academic Appointments Committee submits recommendations when a new teacher is to be hired. The committee consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (chairperson), two professors, one lecturer/adjunct professor and a student representative.

Björn Larsson (ordf)
Lone-Pia Bach
Lina Selander
Åsa Andersson-Broms
Mattias Andersson, student representative
Alternate members

Natasha Marie Llorens
Ming Wong
Nadia Hebson/Lina Bjerneld

The Council for Working Conditions and Equal Terms

The Council for Working Conditions and Equal Terms is responsible for the coordination, development and follow-up of issues related to the work environment and equal working conditions. This includes equality, diversity and equal treatment. The council consists of the Head of Administration (chairperson) as well as staff and student representatives.


Anna Wennergrund (chairwoman)
Richard Stöhr
Gustavo Navarro
Kajsa Fogelberg
Andreas Hammar (SACO)
Tomas Nilsson
Åsa Andersson (huvudskyddsombud)
Annette Felleson (ST)
Valentin Malmgren, student representative
Leila El Harfaoui, student representative

The Staff Responsibility Committee

The Staff Responsibility Committee deals with staff matters regarding the delegation of duties, disciplinary responsibility, prosecution, and suspension. The committee consists of the Vice-Chancellor (chairperson), staff representatives, and a maximum of three other members appointed by the committee.


Sara Arrhenius, vice-chancellor (chairwoman)
Göran Svenborn (staff representantive, ST-ATF)
Mikael Beckman-Thoor (SACO)
Andreas Hammar (SACO-S)

The Collegiate Education and Research Board

The Collegiate Education and Research Board addresses issues affecting education and research, as reviewed by colleagues. The board is the core of the institution’s quality work. The board consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (chairperson), three professors, two lecturers, one associate professor (adjunct), one doctoral student and two student representatives.


Björn Larsson, interims deputy vice-chancellor, chairman
Asier Mendizabal, professor
Lone-Pia Bach, professor
Ming Wong, professor
Lina Bjerneld, professor
Carl Johan Erikson, lecturer
Ulrika Rosengren-Gustafsson, adjunkt
Oscar Lara, doctoral student
Valentin Malmgren, student representative
Nicole Khadividombali, student representative

Student Union

The Royal Institute of Art’s student union, Club Mejan, is the voice of students’ rights, and carries representation in the Royal Institute of Art’s Board of Directors, as well as various committees and councils.


Mattias Andersson
Nicole Newsha Khadivi
Sixten Sandra Österberg
Sara Ekholm Eriksson


Annual Report

The Royal Institute of Art prepares annual reports and budgetary plans each year. This enables us, as a state authority, to be monitored, budgeted and examined.

Annual reports and budgetary plan (Swedish)
Kungl. Konsthögskolan 2019 (pdf)
Kungl. Konsthögskolan 2018 (pdf)
Kungl. Konsthögskolan 2017 (pdf)
Kungl. Konsthögskolan 2016 (pdf)
Kungl. Konsthögskolan 2015 (pdf)
Budgetunderlag 2021-2023 (pdf)

Operations Plan

The operations plan sets out the direction of the Royal Institute of Art. Here, we determine our vision for what is to happen in the coming year, and our overall operations are depicted in terms of what will be achieved and followed-up on.

Our operations plan is a written description of the planned operations over the financial year, and forms the basis for academic and departmental planning.

Operations Plan
Operations Plan 2020 (pdf)

Governance Policy

How Operations are Managed

The Royal Institute of Art’s governance policy describes and regulates how our operations should be carried out. The Royal Institute of Art is a state authority, and our policy determines the laws and regulations that apply to public programming.

Rules of Procedure

The rules of procedure (pdf) regulate what the Royal Institute of Art’s organization looks like. It clarifies how overall tasks should be delegated within the organization, who is allowed to make decisions on various issues, and how decisions are to be handled and documented.

Employment Policy

The employment policy (pdf) describes what rules apply to the hiring of teachers, as well as researchers and doctoral students. It also states how recruitment processes are decided upon. The Royal Institute of Art’s recruitment process should be transparent and clear. The Academic Appointments Board’s duties are also defined here, as well as how a promotion may take place.

Admissions Policy

The admissions policy (pdf) describes the rules that apply to the application, eligibility, and exemption from eligibility conditions. It states how the admissions selection should be made and what applies in terms of deferral and leaves of absence from study. In addition, it clarifies how decisions about admissions and exceptions from the eligibility requirements are made, and how decisions may be appealed.

Degree Policy

The degree policy (pdf) describes which degrees are given at the Royal Institute of Art, and how degrees and diplomas are issued.

Governance Policy, in Swedish
Arbetsordning (pdf)
Anställningsordning (pdf)
Antagningsordning (pdf)
Examensordning (pdf)


Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Royal Institute of Art’s alcohol and drug policy is intended to prevent illness and accidents, and to create a suitable working environment for all employees and students. The policy applies to both staff and students.

Accessibility Policy

The Royal Institute of Art strives to have a suitable working- and study-environment for everyone. People with disabilities should be able to work or study at the academy on equal terms with others.

Our goal is for all classrooms to be accessible to all students. Students who have a functional variation ought to be able to conduct their studies under the same conditions as other students. At the school, there is a studio adapted for students with physical disabilities. Before the start of the academic year, we send a survey to all new students about whether they have any individual special needs based on functional variation.

The library helps students who have a reading disorder to apply for an account for custom course literature through the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM).

Personal Data (GDPR)

The Royal Institute of Art processes personal data to fulfill its mission as a state authority and learning institution, providing education and research whilst collaborating with the community.


Equality and equal treatment are important conditions for the Royal Institute of Art to provide a high-quality education. This effort applies to students and employees. Our work on equality ought to be an integral part of both our daily practical work as well as our policies and procedures. We work with an intersectional perspective, focusing on multiple power structures in parallel and how these can interact with and influence each other. We work with equality within the framework of our initiatives on working conditions and equal terms, in recruitment and our active-measures efforts, and primarily through our Working Conditions and Equal Terms council.

Work Environment and Safety

The Royal Institute of Art works actively to create healthy and safe working conditions, based on current legislation. We have internal policies and rules in place to protect the health, safety and working conditions of both students and staff.

In our workshops, mainly for plastics and sculpture, a variety of polymeric plastic materials are used, such as thermosetting plastics. The Swedish Work Environment Authority stipulates that those who handle thermosetting plastics must undergo a health examination. Therefore, we offer all students who plan to work in the plastics and sculpture workshops to undergo a free health check-up before commencing work.

Harassment and Discrimination

In the event that a student is subjected to harassment (in connection to any form of discrimination based on: sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, or age) the student is recommended to contact the student ombudsman, the examining professor, or else any other staff in which the student has trust.

Anyone who feels vulnerable is entitled to seek advice, support, and information on issues regarding discrimination, harassment, and abusive treatment without having to make a formal report.

For comments and complaints about the staff’s response- or processing time, one may turn to the head of personnel. While staff are protected by labor rights laws, disciplinary action can be taken on behalf of students in accordance with Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Act (Högskoleförordningen, 1993:100).