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Leonela Lilja MA 2015–2016. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

Research Through Art

For a number of years now, the Royal Institute of Art has offered the opportunity to conduct both individual- and collaborative research projects.

The research at the Royal Institute of Art is characterized by a curious, experimental approach, where insights and knowledge about art and architecture’s expressions, methods and contexts is put into focus. Many of the research projects conducted here combine different perspectives and experiences in their endeavour to create a sustainable future.

We also participate in numerous national and international associations and networks, including those outside the fields of art and architecture, and collaborate in various inter- and multidisciplinary projects.

Artistic Research

The Royal Institute of Art conducts practice-based research using artistic methods as a starting point. Artistic research is done through artistic-making, and projects can address either artistic issues or those of wider concern to society. This process often draws upon contact with other fields of knowledge and expertise. Our freestanding courses use research methodology and develop various research practices.

An Environment Steeped in Research

Our artistic research environment consists of doctoral students, externally funded researchers, artistic research-and-development projects, and the research that teaching staff carry out within their roles. Our freestanding courses at the advanced level also provide an education with a research-based character.

Externally Funded Research

Our externally funded researchers apply for external artistic research grants from, for instance, the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The projects run over a longer period (e.g. three years) and run part-time. Sometimes, the researchers are also instructors employed at the Royal Institute of Art.

The projects are exploratory, experimental, and should strengthen the collaboration between education and research at the Royal Institute of Art.

They should also highlight – and deepen knowledge and insights about – the processes, and design- and expressive-possibilities, that exist within and beyond fine art, architecture, and architectural conservation.