Sara Arrhenius appointed Vice Chancellor by the Swedish Government

Sara Arrhenius appointed Vice Chancellor by the Swedish Government

Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm

Sara Arrhenius. Photo: Patrick Miller.

November 17, 2016
Sara Arrhenius appointed Vice Chancellor by the Swedish Government

Royal Institute of Art
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The curator, writer and critic Sara Arrhenius has been appointed Vice Chancellor of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She has fostered artistic research and production, focusing on their connection to other areas of knowledge and society, with a keen sensibility for the local context while addressing contemporary global issues. She has many years experience in leading key art institutions and organisations as open and public platforms. Sara Arrhenius’ appointment will be effective starting in April 2017.

“The Board was unanimous in its proposal. Sara Arrhenius has established herself as an exciting voice in the art world, both nationally and internationally. Arrhenius has extensive experience as a curator, writer and in decidedly leading important institutions. We are proud the RIA will have such a renowned leader and we are looking forward to our collaboration in the further development of the RIA as a place for artistic research and education of the highest level,” Berit Svedberg, Chair of the Board, stated after the Swedish Government had ratified the Board’s proposal.

“The Royal Institute of Art occupies a unique place in the Swedish art world, and it will be exciting to continue developing this platform, making it a crucial part of the contemporary debate and extending it out into a wider international context. In this regard I intend to continue working closely with artists and the artistic process, which has been an essential aspect of my time at Bonniers Konsthall. I also bring with me my experience of building up art institutions, where a long-term perspective and methods for sparking processes of change have been vital”, states Sara Arrhenius.

Arrhenius will come to the RIA from her current post as director of Bonniers Konsthall, which she has accompanied from construction and inaugural opening in 2006 to the relevant position it holds today. She is Chair of the Swedish Visual Arts Fund. Previously she was director of the International Artist’s Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), from 2000 to 2005, where she led an internationally recognised program of residencies, grants, exhibitions and publications. She has served as founding editor of several magazines, and publishes regularly on contemporary art.

About the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
The Royal Institute of Art is a leading art institution of higher education located in Stockholm that offers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Fine Arts, as well as advanced postgraduate studies in Architecture. For more information about the institution, please visit the website.

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