Installation view of "Wet Hearts of Everyday Thoughts", collaborative project with EKA Curatorial Studies, curated by Brigit Arop, installation by Heli Haav. Photo: Joosep Kivimäe.
MACA – Master of Contemporary ArtMACA is a two-year international program for emerging contemporary artists of different backgrounds intended to guide them during the development of their artistic position. The main focus is on the individual studio practice, which is supported by masterclasses and courses introducing a range of artistic methods and platforms for research and critical reflection. In addition to intensive work in the studios, exhibiting in Estonia and abroad, and working in close collaboration with peers and tutors, students are encouraged to make use of the different facilities at EKA: professional photography and sound studios, workshops for wood- and metalworking, 3D modelling, textile, glass, ceramics, printmaking and many more.
The MACA program is meant for artists who already have an active career and – while diving deeper into their fields of interest – wish to engage in collaboration, critical exchange and local context. Tallinn has a vibrant contemporary art scene with a number of artist-run initiatives, art institutions, exhibition venues, and bookshops, including Vent Space that the students co-run with peers from EKA’s Curatorial Studies, and Uus Rada, an artist-run space initiated by the MACA students. These spaces offer an opportunity to connect with the local art scene, providing an audience and supporting collaboration between colleagues and disciplines.
What does the Master of Contemporary Art (MACA) programme offer?
- Freedom of assembling your curriculum within a diverse programme that offers theoretical tools and practical training
- Individual tutoring for contemporary artists by contemporary artists
- Access to professional studios of sound art, lens-based art, installation and sculpture, graphic art and painting
- Collaboration with international artists, curators, philosophers, theorists
- A programme of off-site events, study trips, exhibitions, and collaboration with different art institutions and universities
- Student exchange (KUNO, DAMA, ERASMUS)
- Access to and experience running the student-run Vent Space for all possible forms of art presentation and development
- A critical discursive environment for discussions about making, displaying and thinking about contemporary art and contemporary society