The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly #97


Close to 500 people attended EKA Open Doors Day

Screen printing workshop organised by students of the EKA Department of Textile Design

On 1 March, everyone was invited to visit all the EKA buildings, see the new academic building in Kalamaja, listen to speciality introductions, participate in workshops, talk with EKA students and faculty and, in the evening, attend a party organised by the EKA Student Council.

Close to 500 people visited EKA.

Thank you all for coming, and see you soon at admissions! Before that, it is possible to visit us with the EXPLORE EKA programme or come to EKA as a student shadow.

See you at EKA!

Open Doors Day photo gallery

ARS Film Festival AFF 2018

On 9–10 March, ARS film festival AFF 2018 will screen video and film works by more than 30 Estonian contemporary artists, along with the Performance Voyage 7 series of video works by the Finnish interdisciplinary artists’ association MUU, which includes works by 18 artists and artist groups, as well as a selection of student works from the EKA Department of Photography. The list of participants includes many students, teaching staff members and graduates from EKA.

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Uno Roosvalt given the Eerik Haamer Art Award

On 16 February, Kuressaare Town Hall hosted the first-ever Eerik Haamer Art Award ceremony with the award going to long-time EKA teaching staff member and painter Uno Roosvalt.

Uno Roosvalt was presented with the Eerik Haamer Art Award for his lifetime contribution to art as well as recent works. His artistic style is colourful and original, and his visions of nature are soulful, almost always showing signs of human activities with human presence still palpable.

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EKA students and staff members contributed to the winning teams at Garage48 hackathon

The Garage48 Hardware & Arts hackathon took place in Tartu for the fifth time and ended late Sunday evening. The main prize was awarded to the USB team, which spent the weekend building a solution that would make each high school student in Estonia learn hardware programming.

EKA students and staff members contributed to the following winning prototypes: Ingela Heinaste from R&D was part of the TSI – Thermal Signature Imitation team, which was Second Runner-up and winner of the Estonian National Defence College special prize.

Laura Pint worked with the Noodle Mama team, which had the best marketing plan, and Triin Vallner was a member of the ChessMove team that won the Mass Portal special prize. Both are students of the Architecture and Urban Design speciality.

The EKA Open Academy offered two tickets to the Luxury Brand Management seminar to the Best Design winner – the Hodlbox team who created a piggy bank for cryptocurrencies.

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ADAPTER now offers research and development services to enterprises from 12 organisations

In February, the ADAPTER cooperation network signed contracts with two more organisations – BioCC and Estonian Business School (EBS) were added to the list of partners connecting research and business. The ADAPTER platform now offers enterprises the possibility to reach 12 partners that provide research and development services, among them the Estonian Academy of Arts.

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Open lecture in architecture on 8 March: Anastasia Pistofidou

The next lecturer in the Open Lecture Series organised by the EKA Department of Architecture and Urban Design is specialised in the technology, design and education of digital production. On 8 March at 18:00, Kanuti Gildi SAAL will host a lecture by Anastasia Pistofidou, director of the FabTextiles research lab and the Fabricademy, a new textile and technology academy. All who are interested in the intersections of materials science, textile and biology are welcome to attend.

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A glimpse into graphic art!

On Thursday 8 March at 17:00, the EKA Chair of Graphic Art will host an event titled “A Glimpse into Graphic Art!” + a zine workshop. Everyone is invited to learn more about the Chair of Graphic Art. The workshop is organised by students of the Faculty of Fine Arts and sponsored by the EKA Student Council. The evening will end with a table tennis tournament!

Sign up to the Zine Workshop by emailing


Department of Photography to give a quick course in contemporary photography for the fourth time

The objective of the EKA Department of Photography’s preparatory course is to guide participants into thinking more broadly and critically about photography as an art form. In addition to developing a photo series, the participants will read theoretical texts to conceptualise the medium of photography in the context of present day visual culture; they will be given an overview of contemporary photo art practices, visit artist studios and exhibitions, and attend artist talks.

Apply by 10. april by emailing

Good Teaching Seminar asks: how to market and communicate a curriculum?

What kind of messages circulate about studying at EKA? What is EKA’s reputation like? What is the best way to attract prospective students? How is EKA and its curriculum being marketed? How can one create media visibility for a curriculum? How can we make ourselves understood?

The seminar will look at EKA and the topic of curriculum communication and marketing from the perspective of a teaching staff member and Head of Curriculum. The seminar will take place on 28 March at 14:00–17:00 in room S-103 at Suur-Kloostri 11. Sign up by 20 March!

The seminar contributors include, among others, communication strategist, film critic and director Ilmar Raag (MA, Ohio University) and EKA Head of Communications Solveig Jahnke (MA, Asbury University).

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Five Visions, an exhibition by interior architecture students at Alexander’s Cathedral in Narva

Alexander’s Cathedral in Narva

On 9 March 2018 at 16:00, EKA third year students of interior architecture will open their Five Visions exhibition at Alexander’s Cathedral in Narva.

The spatial solutions for Alexander’s Cathedral were made by five teams as a speciality project during the 2017 autumn semester. The question the students asked concerned what the church space could become.

The exhibition will remain on view until 9 April.

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On-going exhibitions:

Urmas Lüüs’s exhibition The Measure of Man at HOP Gallery

The Measure of Man, a personal exhibition by artist and EKA teaching staff member Urmas Lüüs is open at HOP Gallery at Hobusepea 2, Tallinn.

The exhibition is an installation that is constantly changing throughout its three-week run. At the opening, a process was started that will culminate with a clay and iron sculpture regaining its original material form. Humans die and rot, and likewise, chemical processes will devour the cultural meaning superimposed on the material by the artist. It’s an ode to the supremacy of physical materiality.

The exhibition will run until 20 March.

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I Spy with My Little Eye 2, an exhibition at EKA Gallery

A joint exhibition titled I Spy with My Little Eye 2 of works by EKA glass art master’s students and the Austrian collective SUPRA//STRUKTUR is on view at EKA Gallery.

Participating artists: Maarja Mäemets, Mari-Liis Makus, Annika Mätlik, Sigrid Luitsalu, Kateriin Rikken, SUPRA// STRUKTUR: Marlene Lahmer, Oliver Alunovic, István Antal.

The exhibition will remain on view until 17 March.

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Leonhard Lapin’s solo show Void and Space at Kumu Art Museum

Leonhard Lapin. Kalev’s Return. 1987. Oil. Art Museum of Estonia

The Void and Space personal exhibition by EKA Professor Emeritus Leonhard Lapin (1947) is open at Kumu Art Museum. The exhibition continues the Estonian art classics series, the earlier editions of which have presented works by Tõnis Vint, Raul Meel, Jüri Okas and Andres Tolts.

The exhibition will remain on view until 13 May.

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Karl-Erik Talvet’s exhibition Bursts of Colour at Estonian War Museum

The Bursts of Colour exhibition by Karl-Erik Talvet, a master’s student at the EKA Chair of Painting, is currently on view at the Estonian War Museum. The painting exhibition is dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Estonian Defence League and it will end with an auction, half the proceeds of which will be donated to the Estonian Association of Injured Soldiers.

The exhibition will run until 28 March.

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Paco Ulman’s Wasteland at the Museum of Estonian Architecture

Photo by Paco Ulman

What is the deeper sense of being in a wasteland, and what are people seeking there? What are they attempting to compensate within themselves in such an environment? What does wasteland – a typical interim space in an urban environment – have in excess and what does it lack, such that people are drawn to it time and again? Paco Ulman, EKA teaching staff member, artist and architect, attempts to find answers to these questions with his Wasteland exhibition.

The exhibition will remain on view until 25 March 2018.

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Eve Kask’s solo show 2+2=... at Tartu Art Museum

The 2+2=... exhibition by Eve Kask, Associate Professor at the EKA Chair of Graphic Art, is open on the ground floor of Tartu Art Museum. The exhibition presents the artist’s most outstanding works of recent years and, being located on the border between truth and fiction, is related primarily to the phenomenon of post-truthfulness.

On 8 March at 18:00, an artist talk will take place between Eha Komissarov and Eve Kask.

The exhibition will remain on view until 13 May.

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Jaan Toomik’s solo show in Riga

The Theatre of Gestures exhibition by Professor Jaan Toomik, Head of the EKA Chair of Painting, is on view at Mūkusala Art Salon. The exhibition was curated by Andris Brinkmanis and it features a selection of Jaan Toomik’s work from the period of 2008–2018.

The exhibition will run until 12 April.

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Marge Monko to exhibit in Budapest and participate at Innsbruck International 2018

Professor Marge Monko, Head of the EKA Department of Photography, will open a personal exhibition titled Women of the World, Raise Your Right Hand at Ani Molnár Gallery in Budapest. This is a continuation of her exhibition at Tallinn City Gallery earlier this year.

In addition, Marge Monko will also take part in Innsbruck International 2018 in March. There she will display her New Romance (2016) installation and video Dear D (2015).

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EKA Department of Animation at Tampere Film Festival

Tampere Film Festival will take place in Tampere, Finland on 7–11 March. Swampfox (2017), a film by EKA graduate Terje Henk was chosen for the festival competition programme.

On the occasion of the Estonian centenary, Estonian Short Film Centre compiled the Made in Estonia 100 special programme, which will feature the Department of Animation special programme and a retrospective programme of works by Professor Priit Pärn and Associate Professor Olga Pärn.

In addition, the festival will host the Student Bootcamp event, which will be attended by six students from the Department of Animation.

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EKA Department of Animation at MONSTRA

On 8–18 March, the MONSTRA Lisbon Animated Film Festival will take place in Portugal. Films by four students from the EKA Department of Animation were chosen for the student competition:

Helen Woolston A Chronic Circus (2017)

Äggie Pak Yee Lee Muteum (2017)

Heta Jäälinoja Penelope (2016)

Aili Allas, Anne Mirjam Kraav, Liisi Grünberg The Cycle of Light (2017)


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EKA members

Interview with Ingrid Allik, long-time ceramics teacher at EKA

Ingrid Allik. Photo by Tõnis Jürgens

Marika Agu and Kaarin Kivirähk (KKEK) interviewed Ingrid Allik, long-time ceramics teacher at EKA, as a contribution to the Women’s History Month international campaign #5WomenArtists.

Ingrid Allik (1958) is a ceramic artist, long-time member of the EKA teaching staff and one of the pioneers of the Japanese raku pottery technique in Estonia. Her workshop in Nõmme, which she shares with her former student, contemporary artist Kris Lemsalu, is one of the most well-known and loved working places among pottery enthusiasts in Estonia. Currently, Ingrid Allik is preparing her autumn show at EKKM, where her works will be exhibited next to Laura Põld and US artist Dre Britton.

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EKA Student Council represents the students, and not only at parties

Liisa-Helena Lumberg met up with the EKA Student Council to ask about their activities, plans and attitudes.

  • What does the EKA Student Council do?
  • Is it an obligation or privilege to be part of the Student Council?
  • What does the Council see as its mission?

Liisa-Helena Lumberg talked with Student Council members Tiiu Lausmaa, Kaspar Kuldkepp, Minni Tang, Heleri Koltšin and Keidy Säinas.

Read the discussion here

Dear EKA student, put your candidacy forward!

Being on the Student Council is an excellent opportunity to make life at EKA even better and lead a more interesting and substantial student life.

The EKA Student Council is a student representative body consisting of seven members that are electronically elected by EKA students.

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