2024-05-31

SKH celebrated 10 year anniversary and outgoing vice-chancellor

Throughout its ten years of existence, the university has been led by Vice-Chancellor Paula Crabtree. Now that she is handing over the reins, her and SKH’s 10 years were celebrated with a big party showcasing the best the university has to offer.
Peter Egardt and Eileen Cooper unveiling the portrait of Paula Crabtree. Photo: Johan Palme/SKH

Nearly 80 specially invited guests gathered to celebrate in the university’s T Building, where, in addition to refreshments, live music and mingling, there was an exhibition on SKH's history, screens where you could watch graduation films, and costumes made by students from the bachelor's programme in performing arts.

The main event of the evening was a big show in a packed Teater Ettan, where students and researchers from all over the university presented both newer and older works, from Mozart's 18th century to today's cutting-edge artistic inventions. In addition, speeches were given by various people who have worked with Paula in different ways over the years, who told the audience how much she has meant to them.

– She is an outstanding member of arts education and research community, said Maria Hansen, Executive Director of ELIA European Network and Higher Arts Education. She always calls a spade a spade!

Peter Egardt, Chairman of the University Board, thanked Paula for all her years of service and at the same time unveiled what he expects to be a new tradition for SKH, a portrait of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor. Painted by British artist Eileen Cooper, it was shown to the public for the first time.

– Paula is a person who doesn’t shy away from something she’s passionate about, said the artist, who has known Paula since her student days in the 1980s.

The 10th anniversary celebrations will continue on Friday with a graduation ceremony and staff party, and throughout the year online.


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Mingle in the T Building. All images, photo: Johan Palme/SKH

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Peter Egardt, Chairman of the University Board and Johan Haarberg, Vice Chairman.

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The centre of the evening, Paula Crabtree.

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Many flowers and gifts arrived for the celebrations.

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The audience is eagerly awaiting tonight’s show.

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Erik Åberg, PhD student, was the presenter of the evening and showed his juggling sculptures.

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Alva Olsson, Linn Jansson and Anna Hedendahl, students from the bachelor’s programme in opera.

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Students from the bachelor’s programme in mime acting.

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Levi Blad, student from the bachelor’s programme in dance pedagogy.

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Simone Stevens, student from the bachelor’s programme in circus.

SKH is turning ten

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SKH is celebrating ten years as a university college in 2024, and we'll be filling the year with retrospection, foresight, articles and events that connect to the decennial in various ways.

Read about the anniversary and our history on our website

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