About Accelerator


“Accelerator is a dynamic meeting place at the intersection between art and science. Open for students, researchers and anyone who’s interested.” – Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University.

Art exhibitions, curated by the artistic director, are central to Accelerator. An important part of the collaboration process are the interdisciplinary teams of researchers who are invited to reflect over the exhibitions, participating artists and art. Most of Accelerator’s activities are open to the general public, students and Stockholm University’s researchers.

Accelerator’s core mission is to open new ways of thinking at every level: sparking new research questions, inspiring new ways of learning, and originating new approaches to societal issues.

Listen to Richard Julin, Artistic Director of Accelerator:

An open meeting place

In 2019, Accelerator will open its physical location in the old underground physics laboratory Manne Siegbahn in Frescati. This hub will be a public meeting place for art, science, and societal issues. Prior to the opening of the space, Accelerator is planning two events per year, a pace that will continue in the new location.

Collaboration stimulates new ways of thinking

Accelerator builds on a longstanding and successful collaboration with external partners, like Magasin III, within Stockholm University’s master’s programme “Curating art.” Initiative for the project comes from Professor of Art History, Margaretha Rossholm Lagerhöf, and Magasin III’s director David Neuman, an affiliated professor with an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University.Vice-chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding instituted Accelerator in 2015.

Working closely with external partners provides an important influx of ideas for both exhibition projects and potential research questions. Accelerator plans to work in collaboration with a smaller group of external partners. Today there are agreements with the art museum Magasin III – Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Family Robert Weil Foundation.

The Manne Siegbahn Laboratory autumn 2017 before renovations:

Photos: Ingmarie Andersson