The Swedish Arts Council distributes operating grants and project grants within the image and form area. These funds are distributed projects and organizations within the various art forms. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee distributes grants to individual artists. In 2018, the Swedish Arts Council initiated a three-year project on knowledge development for public art and the design of public environments. A number of networks and collaborations have been developed at regional and local level to increase knowledge exchange between actors.
The association Svensk Form works to stimulate development in Swedish design, and to spread and deepen knowledge of design issues in Sweden. It consists of 13 regional associations, working in each region to contribute to spreading knowledge about form and design through collaborations with municipality, region and industry organizations.
Other important government funded actors in the area of visual art are the national museums, and similar cultural institutions, working within this area, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Modern Art, the foundation Carl och Olga Milles Lidingöhem, the foundation for the Thiel Gallery, Bildmuseet, the Zorn Collections, and the foundation for Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde. In recent years, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum, and the Swedish Arts Council have collaborated to actively compensate for the historical under-representation of women artists’ works in the collections of these museums by purchasing such works of art, with the aim of enabling more people to see a greater diversity of public works of art in their everyday lives.
In a report submitted in 2019, the Swedish Arts Council shows that insufficient knowledge, unclear divisions of responsibilities, and an unclear application of laws and regulations by national, municipal, and regional authorities has increased risks of damage and loss of building-related public works of art in 20th century cultural environments. As a result of this report, the National Heritage Board, in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council, has been commissioned by the government to work to ensure that building-related public art is taken into account in cultural heritage valuation (Ku2019 / 01191 / KO).