Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Fire at the Royal Institute of Art

On Wednesday, 21 September 2016, a fire broke out in Grafikhuset at the Royal Institute of Art. The fire has been extinguished and no one has been physically injured. The building will be closed off until the risk of collapse due to the fire has been investigated.

The fire was limited to Grafikhuset. The fire did not affect the main building, or any other buildings connected to the RIA.

Grafikhuset is one of the buildings of the RIA campus on the island Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. The building is approximately 1800 m2, which constitutes around 15% of the school’s total space. The building housed 18 student studios, graphic workshops, a photo studio, an analogue photo lab and a space for interactive techniques. Of a total student population of 250, eight students are directly connected to the techniques / works housed in the building.

An internal crisis handling group is actively working on both short- and long-term solutions. Everyone at the school affected by the fire has been offered help. All affected students and teachers will be provided with substitute studios. Finding adequate solutions for alternate workshops is being actively worked on at the moment. Colleges and organisations with facilities for similar techniques have been in touch with the RIA to offer their support and help, for which the school is very grateful.

Teaching and other activities at the school are continuing as scheduled.

The board of the Royal Institute of Art is informed and in regular contact with the crisis handling group. The board is also in contact with the Ministry of Education.

Press contact: Johan Hjerpe