The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly #95


Estonia 100 centenary ceremony at EKA

Celebrating the birth of the Republic of Estonia at the Estonian Academy of Arts!

The Estonian Academy of Arts and its predecessors have played a significant role in the history of our country at various crucial moments. This was the case for the birth of the Republic of Estonia 100 years ago, as during this rebirth in the waking period and in the beginning 90's.

EKA jointly celebrates the birth of independence and freedom in commemoration of the colleagues who contributed to the creation of the Republic of Estonia.

We will meet the for festive event on February 23 at 12.00 in the building of the Estonia pst 7, room 440. The lecturer, Oliver Orro, speaks of the crucial moments and EKAs participation in the birth and rebirth of the Republic of Estonia.

Viva the Republic of Estonia!

Winner of the Abakhan Creative Award to be announced in the EKA Foyer Gallery on Wednesday

The first edition of the Abakhan Creative Award Scholarship competition for EKA fashion and textile students took place in January, with the jury choosing three nominees: Katrin Aasmaa, Kristina Puz and Mariliis Niine.

The exhibition of the three nominees will be on view in the EKA Foyer Gallery (Estonia pst. 7) until 28 February and the winner of the Abakhan Creative Award will be announced there on 21 February at 16:00.

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EKA Open Doors Day on 1 March

Come and explore at the Estonian Academy of Arts!

EKA Open Doors Day 2018 is taking place on 1 March at 10:00-18:00.

The programme includes an introduction to EKA specialities, open lectures, workshops, visits to classrooms and studios, excursions to the new academic building and more.

All EKA buildings are open!

The headquarters and information centre are situated at Estonia pst. 7, along with a café and Radio EKA or REKA! In the evening, there will be a PARTY organised by the EKA Student Council!

See the full programme and sign up here
EKA Open Doors Day event on Facebook

EXPLORE EKA has started

The EXPLORE EKA programme is targeted at students of upper secondary and vocational schools who are interested in architecture, design, art and art history and who want to continue their education in the creative field but haven’t yet reached a final decision.

EXPLORE EKA is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to discover the various specialities taught at EKA and get a sense of life and study in these specialities. The programme includes visits to studios, ateliers, architecture firms, design companies, theatres and museums, as well as lectures, film screenings and practical workshops organised by EKA teaching staff, students and alumni.

Attendance is free of charge.

See the full programme and sign up here

Negavatt resource-conservation competition

For the fifth year, the Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) is organising the Negavatt resource-conservation competition, which is once again welcoming submissions with smart ideas. The best ideas will be made a reality with support of up to EUR 10,000. The idea may be a product or service that helps to conserve resources or raise awareness.

The deadline for the submission of ideas is 25 February 2018.

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EKA graduate Lisette-Maria Puhalainen taking part in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme

Lisette-Maria Puhalainen is mentored by Austrian entrepreneur Gabriele Lechner. Gabriele runs a studio in Vienna, where she designs and produces fashion and home accessories.

If you also want to participate in the programme, more information is available here. The next application deadline is 1 May 2018.

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Open lecture: Ulrika Karlsson

The next presenter of the Open Lecture Series is one who is fascinated by the playful use of technology and material experimentation in architecture. On 22 February at 18:00, Kanuti Gildi Saal will host a talk by architect Ulrika Karlsson, who is professor at Konstfack and the KTH School of Architecture, and a member of the Brrum architecture and design collective. Everyone interested in learning more about Scandinavian experimentalism in architecture is kindly invited. The lecture will be given in English.

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Fashion Tech Talks: Estonian Special

On 22 February, the second instalment of the Fashion Tech Talks series will feature the success story of, a small start-up from Tartu that conquered the world. The fit recommendation solution is used by brands such as Billabong, MUD Jeans, Henri Lloyd, Hawes & Curtis and J.Lindeberg.

The presenters also include Kristi Kuusk, Associate Professor at the EKA Department of Textile Design, who will talk about smart textiles.

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Fogspeak, an exhibition by 13 jewellery artists from Estonia and EKA at Platina Gallery, Stockholm

The exhibition originated from the collaboration between Brazilian gallerist Thomas Cohn and Tanel Veenre. All the featured artists share a common EKA background; what connects them is ephemeral and essential, but also undefinable, as expressed in the title – Fogspeak.

Participating artists: Sofia Hallik, Nils Hint, Piret Hirv, Julia Maria Künnap, Kristiina Laurits, Eve Margus-Villems, Kadri Mälk, Maarja Niinemägi, Villu Plink, Darja Popolitova, Ketli Tiitsar, Maria Valdma and Tanel Veenre.

The exhibition opening was preceded by a seminar where EKA doctoral students Darja Popolitova and Sofia Hallik presented their PhD projects.

The exhibition will be on view at the Platina Gallery, Stockholm, until 24 February.

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On-going exhibitions:

Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo’s exhibition Immediate Gratification at Draakon Gallery

Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo (1976), Associate Professor at the EKA Department of Photography, says in the guide accompanying his Immediate Gratification exhibition that “we are used to talking about the exhausting effect that overproduction has on the natural environment, but we don’t pay as much attention to how we pollute our own human environment.”

The exhibition will end with an artist talk on Friday 23 February at 13:30.

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Karl-Erik Talvet’s exhibition Bursts of Colour at the 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 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 remain on view until 28 March 2018.

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Lütjohann & Sepsivart at Hobusepea Gallery

With the exhibition A Little Bit, Every Day, artists Jan Lütjohann (1987) and Uku Sepsivart (1988) refer to their interest in working with their hands, which takes prime spot in their artistic practice and is one of the connecting factors of the exhibition. They reflect on production as a process that falls somewhere between totalling a workbench and the arbitrary accumulation of material.

The exhibition will remain on view until 26 February 2018.

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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 featured Tõnis Vint, Raul Meel, Jüri Okas and Andres Tolts.

The exhibition will remain on view until 13 May 2018.

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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.

The exhibition will remain on view until 13 May.

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A still from The Spirit of Life, an animation by Anne Mirjam Kraav.

On 1-6 May, the Anifim 2018 animated film festival will take place in Třeboň, Czech Republic. Three films made in the EKA Department of Animation were chosen for the students’ competition programme:

The Spirit of Life by Anne Mirjam Kraav

Don't Wake by Evgeniia Golikova

Once in the Fields of Boredom by Teele Strauss



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EKA student films at the Animac 2018 animated film festival in Spain

A still from Booth, an animation by Ottomar Sukko

On 22-25 February, the Spanish town of Lleida will host an animated film festival, which this year will include four student films from the Estonian Academy of Arts in its programme.

The Spirit of Life by Anne Mirjam Kraav was chosen for the Shorts 1 competition programme. Once in the Fields of Boredom by Teele Strauss and Muteum by Äggie Pak Yee Lee will be screened in the Future Talent programme. Booth by Ottomar Suko will be screened in the Animac by Night programme.

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Pulse, an exhibition by EKA fashion students in St. Petersburg

The Pulse exhibition of experimental forms by EKA fashion students is open at the gallery of the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. The exhibition will remain on view until 21 February 2018.

Creative director and stylist: Liisi Eesmaa

Designers: Kristin Sigus, Emma Leoni, Edvard Hiietam, Külli-Triin Laanet, Karita Kärmet, Hannes Rüütel, Kreet Kärner, Nele Kurvits, Beatrice Randkivi, Lotte Raisch and Andreas Kübar

More info and images available here


Catalogue of the exhibition The State is not a Work of Art has been published

The book accompanies the exhibition The State is not a Work of Art which is taking place at Tallinn Art Hall as part of Estonia’s centenary of independence celebrations. The exhibition and its catalogue reflect on the problems, contradictions and ideologies underlying nation and nationalism in today’s constantly transforming European socio-political landscape.

– The catalogue was designed and published by Indrek Sirkel (Lugemik), Head of Department and Associate Professor at the EKA Department of Graphic Design

– The exhibition includes a new work by Ivar Sakk, Professor at the EKA Department of Graphic Design, who also penned an essay for the catalogue.

– The exhibition also includes new works by EKA graduates Flo Kasearu, Tanja Muravskaja, Kristina Norman and Jaanus Samma.

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EKA members

Apply to become a member of the teaching staff at EKA! Submission deadline is 1 March

Faculty of Architecture

Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design (0.25)


Faculty of Design

Professor, Head of Department and Head of Curriculum at the Department of Textile Design (1.0)

Associate Professor at the Department of Fashion Design, in the field of experimental fashion (0.5)

Associate Professor at the Department of Fashion Design (0.5)

Associate Professor, Head of Department, Head of Curriculum at the Department of Leather Art (1.0)

Associate Professor at the Department of Graphic Design (0.5)


Faculty of Art and Culture

Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, in the field of history, theory and practice of cultural heritage protection (1.0)

Lecturer at the Department of Art Education, in the field of artwork analysis and gallery pedagogy (0.5)

Lecturer at the Department of Art Education, in the field of didactics and pedagogical practice in art education (0.5)


Faculty of Fine Arts

Associate Professor, Head of Department at the Chair of Drawing (0.75)

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