Vision-Statement as a Chamber Play
In 2019, the Royal Institute of Art devised a new vision. The initial work took the form of a series of workshops where students and employees at the school could set goals for the school from different perspectives: pedagogical, artistic and organizational. Based on the rich material, vice-chancellor Sara Arrhenius and deputy vice-chancellor Fredrik Ehlin wrote a vision-statement for the institution’s programming until 2023.
The vision has a somewhat odd shape for the context of a higher-education institution. It is written as a dramatic chamber play, and takes place at the school in an imaginary future. The unconventional form came out of the desire to find a language that reached beyond simple slogans and could represent the complexity that a vision for an art academy must be able to bear. Below, the chamber play has been condensed into eight key sentences that point to the basis of the vision.
Experimentation and artistic risk-taking
Artistic practice is at the core of our education and research. We let different artistic and pedagogical tendencies play off each other. This happens through generosity and curiosity, reflection and intellectual respect, experimentation and artistic risk-taking. Our education and research create a force-field around the deepening and development of art. Students and staff participate in and influence the organization, based on responsibility, trust, and equal-treatment.
The school opens itself up to the world by standing as a visible and vital meeting place in a larger context of art- and cultural life. We collaborate with the related areas of culture, art, and the community, which puts the school into a wider social setting. We are an independent educational institution that safeguards the freedoms of art and education.
An open and inclusive stance towards the outside world creates a fluid, dynamic and independent institution in dialogue with its contemporary surroundings. We are an art school that dares to take artistic risks and continue to develop the expressions, methods and contexts of art.
Read the Full Vision-Statement
The vision-statement is also available as a longer document, arranged as a chamber play.
- In Like a Lion, Out Like a Swine, A chamber play for and about the Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm: Royal Institute of Art, 2019) (pdf)
Graphic design and communications
Guidelines for the Royal Institute of Art’s graphic design are set out in the publication Between Letters Patent and Brand Manual. The publication is primarily aimed at those who work with the university’s graphic design and communication, but also at those who have other relations to the field and are interested in how artistic universities communicate with the wider world.