Cultural Heritage & Conservation

The aim of the Cultural Heritage and Conservation programme is to provide knowledge and the necessary practical skills for qualified professional work in the field of cultural heritage protection, preservation, conservation and restoration.

  • The Academy of Arts is the only school of higher education in Estonia where one can acquire an academic higher education in cultural heritage and architectural conservation and restoration, as well as the conservation and restoration of art. The department’s faculty members are recognised and highly respected specialists in their fields.
  • The curriculum is responsive to changes and developments in the philosophy, as well as theories and practices, of cultural heritage and restoration. It is based on the principles of sustainable development and balanced innovation through the consistent development of the cultural environment.
  • Preserving and protecting the cultural legacy, and its professional conservation and restoration necessitates the education of highly qualified specialists.

News and events

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Order of the White Star to Marge Monko and Hilkka Hiiop

On the eve of the anniversary of the Republic, Estonian artists will be recognized with decorations. Marge Monko, an internationally successful artist and Professor of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, will receive the Order of the White Star; Hilkka Hiiop, Dean of the Faculty of Art Culture of the Estonian Academy of Arts and Professor, who has brought the conservation of ...

EKA “Open Windows” 2022 Exhibition

The exhibition “Open Windows” will reopen on the windows of the Library of EKA on February 21, at 4 pm. Through the exhibition of EKA windows, different specialities of EKA introduce their most outstanding projects and the latest creations of students. The exhibition can be viewed on the windows of the EKA Library on Põhja pst and Kotzebue streets and will remain open until March 14. ...
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Estonian MA students in visual culture and its preservation regathered for a joint seminar

A transdisciplinary seminar bringing together MA students from Estonian universities dealing with art history, visual culture, curating, conservation, museum and archival studies was held for the second time (this first one was in fall 2019) on 10th–11th January 2022 in Purdi manor. Six Estonian university chairs were represented, the Estonian Academy of Arts by its curricula of Art ...

Academy of Arts to get UNESCO chair

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts Mart Kalm signed a cooperation agreement with the Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation at EKA, to establish a Chair of UNESCO Heritage Studies. During a quarter of a century, the Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation of EKA has developed into a sectoral competence center, where work on ...
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Webinar: Working with the Post-Cold War Heritages

Online discussion “Working with the Post-Cold War Heritages in the Baltics and Beyond” The discussion will take place on Facebook Participants: Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Hilkka Hiiop, Kati Lindström, Raitis Šmits, Linara Dovydaitytė, Ele Carpenter Moderators: Ieva Astahovska, Linda Kaljundi The visible traces of the Soviet period in the Baltic landscapes include diverse and numerous technologically ...

Presentation of the EKA study “Historical Interiors and Tourism”

On September 29, at 3 pm, a presentation of the EKA study “Historical Interiors and Tourism” will take place in the Office of the Chancellor of Justice. Tallinn’s Old Town is both a living environment and the most important attraction in Estonia. For the third year in a row, the Estonian Academy of Arts is conducting a study on how to promote the Old Town so that both locals ...

International Workshop on Cleaning Stone Objects and Wall Paintings

The workshop which took place in Tallinn and Koeru from 29.08 – 02.09.2021 was dedicated to different methods and approaches in cleaning of stone objects and wall paintings. In the theoretical part both ethical and philosophical aspects of conservation were discussed. An overview was given of the theory and approaches towards cleaning of stone objects and wall paintings, of examples of types ...
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EKA’s Cultural Heritage and Conservation Department is with ICOMOS

EKA’s Cultural Heritage & Conservation Department, together with the international cultural heritage expert organization ICOMOS, organized the 9th-13th August “Heritage Alert and Advocacy” Summer School for students worldwide.  The training was conducted by top ICOMOS experts and the opening lecture was given by ICOMOS President, Architect and Professor at the Raymond Lemaire ...