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Edstrand Foundation Scholarships 2023

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The Edstrand Foundation awards three of Sweden’s largest art scholarships and four scholarships for newly graduated Master’s students. In cooperation with Malmö Art Academy, the scholarship recipients will show their work in a group exhibition.

Leif Engström, Samaneh Reyhani and Carolina Sandvik each receive SEK 400,000 from the Edstrand Foundation’s scholarship fund. In addition, four Master’s students from Malmö Art Academy each receive SEK 100,000. The four are Oscar Eriksson Furunes, Hjördis Greta Gudmundsdóttir, Rebecca Jansson and Rosita Kær.

Leif Engström creates a reflective and complex web of reality and fiction, faraway places and an elevated sense of presence in his painting, writes Viktor Kopp. Engström earned his Master’s in Fine Arts at the Royal Institute of Art in 2020 and since then his work has been shown at a large number of solo and group exhibitions.

Samaneh Reyhani is a sculptor and works in classic materials such as marble and wood. Her sensuous sculptures share a poetic origin with Persian masters such as Rumi and Hafez while at the same time existing here, in present day Sweden. Reyhani was awarded a Master’s in Fine Arts by Malmö Art Academy in 2017 and her work has been featured in many exhibitions. She has also completed several public commissions and is represented in several public collections.

Carolina Sandvik uses horror as a method to clarify mental states and formulate possible consequences, writes Åsa Nacking. Sandvik earned her Master’s in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy in 2019. Her stop-motion animated films have received numerous accolades, including the Jury’s Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival (2023). She won the Best Swedish Short category at the Gothenburg Film Festival (2021) and Best Animation at the Børge Ring Award Odense Film Festival (2021).

Exhibition and scholarship awards ceremony

The scholarship recipients will be showing their work from 26 October to 26 November 2023 at the Malmö Art Academy’s galleries in Malmö: KHM1, Friisgatan 15b, and KHM 2, Bergsgatan 29. The exhibition is open Wednesday to Friday 12:00-18:00, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00-16:00.

The scholarship award ceremony will be on 26 October, 18:00, at the KHM1 gallery. Opening times for the evening are 17:00-19:00. Welcome!

About the Edstrand Scholarships

The Edstrand Foundation is one of Sweden’s largest art foundations and has awarded scholarships to hundreds of promising artists since 1951. The scholarships cannot be applied for, as they are awarded directly to deserving artists by the foundation’s board.


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Communications officer at Malmö Art Academy.
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