The Swedish Research Council grants funding for two research projects at SKH


Two artistic research projects at Stockholm University of the Arts receive a combined 7.4 million Swedish kronor in funding when the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) distribute this year’s grants.

The two projects are Towards sensuous ecologies, rethinking ableism in choreographic and movement practices by researcher and choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander, and FutureBrownSpace by SKH Profile Professor in Performing Arts John-Paul Zaccarini.

“We’re so happy to have had another two VR projects accepted this year as part of the Swedish Research Council’s call for project funding applications in artistic research,” says Ann Kroon, Director of the Research Office at SKH. “It’s proof that SKH’s increased focus on support for VR applications is paying off.”

In total, VR granted a total of 43 million Swedish kronor this year in project grants and International postdoc grants within artistic research. After Göteborg University, SKH is the institution that received the second-largest amount of funding in 2021.

Both Dalija Acin Thelander’s project and John-Paul Zaccarini’s use different methods to examine and extend the normative frames of what subjects are allowed to be included in artistic knowledge production.  Dalija Acin Thelander’s project works with neurodivergent children between the ages of six months and four years and with their adults as an active audience, and is directed towards finding new artistic methods adapted to neurodivergence. John-Paul Zaccarini’s project creates a separate space to open possibilities for black and brown artistic researchers to develop new methodologies outside the white gaze.