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Fredrik Roos Art Grant of 2024: Frida Peterson

Waiting for the Miracle
May 17 – July 7, 2024

The artist Frida Peterson (born 1992 in Kalmar) has been awarded Fredrik Roos Art Grant of 2024. Peterson primarily works with figurative sculpture. Her works often revolve around questions concerning faith, memories, and the longing for something else while also highlighting the creative process. The scholarship amounts to 650 000 SEK, making it one of Sweden's  most significant.


Admission to the exhibition is free.

Björn’s floor and the first floor.

An exhibition catalogue has been produced in connection with the scholarship and can be obtained at the reception free of charge while supplies last.

About the Exhibition

The scholarship is awarded to Frida Peterson with the following motivation:

With a wild flora of materials, some less commonly seen in art, Frida Peterson has created a singular hybrid art form. Applying manual intuition and an observant, attentive eye on the surroundings, Peterson’s works bring the viewer closer to the elusive dimensions of existence. Frida Peterson treats her materials with the utmost respect. The slow crafting that gave rise to her sculptures also encourages the viewer to contemplate the aesthetic and spiritual thoughts they oscillate between. Frida Peterson finds subtle and unique ways to address these questions that arise frequently in contemporary art; multi-dimensional, inviting and highly sensitive to the potential of the sculptural medium.

With the exhibition Waiting for the Miracle, Frida Peterson takes over several of Artipelag's public spaces, including Björn's floor and the first floor.

About the Artist

Frida Peterson was born in 1992 and grew up in Kalmar. She currently lives and works in Gothenburg. Peterson graduated with an MA from the Royal Institute of Art in 2023 and has a BA in textile art from the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design from 2018. She previously studied at the Östra Grevie Folkhögskola in Malmö.

Peterson’s sculptures are often in a figurative style. The creative process itself takes a prominent part in her practice, which is triggered by a curiosity about materials and a need to work with her hands. The process is intuitive, allowing wishes and impulses to swim freely. In her works, Peterson playfully explores issues of faith, memories and longing for something different.

Frida Peterson has received grants from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (the Sigrid Fridman Fund, the Stig Hedberg Fund) in 2023, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s assistant grant in 2020, and the Malmö and Kalmar art grants in 2020 and 2013 respectively. Her works have been shown at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, the Museum of Sketches in Lund, Åstorps Konsthall, Virserums konsthall and, in spring 2024, Vetlanda Museum.


About Fredrik Roos Art Grant

Fredrik Roos (1951–1991) was a financier and art collector from Skåne. In 1988, he founded the Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, which showcased international exhibitions alongside his collection of Nordic contemporary art. The museum was dissolved in 2006, and 60 works from the collection were sold. The proceeds from the sale formed the basis of the current foundation, which awarded its first grant in 2011.

Recipients of the Fredrik Roos grant are expected to embody “An artist who – in the spirit of Fredrik Roos – is willing to take risks in their artistic practice. Someone who believes in themselves and has a unique expression. The artist should be under 35, come from the Nordic region, and preferably work with painting and sculpture.”

The foundation has a close collaboration with the country’s five art academies (the Royal Institute of Art, Valand Academy, Konstfack, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, and Malmö Art Academy). This year, the catchment area has been expanded. For the first time, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki have each been given the opportunity to nominate a candidate. This change in the nomination process is part of the foundation’s efforts to support Nordic artistic talent.

2023 Erik Uddén (exhibition at Artipelag)

2022 Judit Kristensen (exhibition at Artipelag)

2021 Gabriel Karlsson (exhibition at Artipelag)

2020 Siri Elfhag (exhibition at Artipelag)

2019 Sara Nielsen Bonde (exhibition at Artipelag)

2018 Jonas Malmberg (exhibition at Artipelag)

2017 Oskar Hult, Josefine Östberg Olsson och Jonas Silfversten Bergman

2016 Sandra Mujinga, André Talborn och Karl Patric Näsman