The installation and sculpture department is a challenge for young artists who wish to participate in contemporary art practices to the fullest extent – the command of spaces and objects is the an extremely important tool in the art field.
 contemporary art, sculpture is a good provocation already as a concept – this is a category that has radically expanded during the last few decades and which comprises so many contemporary art practices that the concept seems to be unloosing everything that holds it together.
Ideally, the students that apply to study in the department realise that they have their own debate to conduct with this concept. The installation and sculpture department is welcomes experimenting and daring art students who think on a broad scale. Prior experience related to sculpture is not required or necessary.

  • The installation and sculpture department provides future artists with a strong platform in three-dimensional space practices. Conceptual space- and site-specific objects are dealt with, and importance is placed on material as a message carrier. The courses focus on contemporary art, with the following keywords: conceptualism, material practices, video installation, sound installation, light installation, land art, minimalism, post-production, art and monuments in the public space, social art practices, exploratory art discourse, the relationship between space-object-material in photography and painting, as well as the fundamental skills in modelling and the command of various techniques. 
  • The department supports its students and expects the young artists to be dedicated and collaborative. Great attention to paid to the development of an individual artist’s style and perception of one’s author’s position, as well as on a receptive approach with the uninhibited treatment of ideas and clear interpretation of concepts. It is important to be familiar with contemporary art theory, aware of the technical possibilities and to exercise a strong individual single-mindedness in the practice of one’s creativity.   
  • Installation and sculpture are the mediums that command the greatest field of influence in contemporary art, and which create a path of young artists leading them to galleries, museums, but also urban spaces, monument competitions, and social interiors.

News and events


Copperleg Artist Residency Open Door Day

Saturday the 1st of April has an open door day at the Copperleg Artist Residency in Vaskjala, roughly 12 km outside of Tallinn. Polish painter Katarzyna Pitek and Dutch sculptor Jonathan Stavleu (EKA Contemporary Art MA) will display the art they made during their month long residency. Janno Bergman and Erik Alalooga will be performing. The open door day takes place from 13:30 to 16:30. ...
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Maria Izabella Lehtsaar and Sarah Nõmm in Draakoni Gallery

Maria Izabella Lehtsaar & Sarah Nõmm open their duo exhibition Beauty in the Belly of the Beast in Draakon gallery at 18:00 on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023. Curators of the exhibition are Anita Kodanik and Brigit Arop. Exhibition will be open until April 1st, 2023. With their duo exhibition Beauty in the Belly of the Beast, Maria Izabella Lehtsaar & Sarah Nõmm focus on their shared ...

Young Sculptor Award Exhibition 2023

The Installation and Sculpture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts presents: Young Sculptor Award Exhibition 2023 On March 1, the Young Sculptor Prize Exhibition (NSPN) taking place in the ARS Project Room includes the following nominees: Josefine Green, Sophia Hallmann, Mara Kirchberg, Lisethe Maas, Rose Magee, Eke Ao Nettan, Sarah Noonan, Paula Oberndorfer, Didi van der Putte, ...
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The Nominees for the Young Sculptor Award Exhibition 2023 Announced

The nominees for the Young Sculptor Award Exhibition run by the Installation and Sculpture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts have been announced. Assistant professor Taavi Talve, head of the chair of installation and sculpture, announces that the participants of the Young Sculptor Award Exhibition (NSPN) taking place on March 1 in the ARS Showroom are Josefine Green, Sophia Hallmann, ...
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Loora Kaubi ”One never sees the sun in a dream”

‘One never sees the sun in a dream’ is the solo exhibition of artist Loora Kaubi. It presents a selection of older sculptural works and paintings, new materials and video work, transformed in two spatial installations. The exhibition opens 12 January 2023 at 7 p.m. in the gallery of the historical sculpture building in Raja. Kaubi brings together a body of work that deals with a continuous ...
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Assessment Marathon 01.—22.12.2022 at EKA Gallery

December brings an opportunity to experience, in an exhibition format, works produced by students in the Faculty of Fine Arts as their term projects: every day there will be a fresh crop of university students’ works on display in the gallery. Works in contemporary art, prints, installation, sculpture and painting curricula will be on display. On each morning of the marathon, a new exhibition ...
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Young Sculptor Award 2023 Competition

The Installation and Sculpture Department of EKA announces Young Sculptor Award 2023 competition. As always, the competition will be held in two stages – a counseling and a final round. Participants from the entire fine arts student body of EKA are welcome to participate. Counseling round / December 15, 2022 The purpose of the consultation round is to provide feedback, recommendations for ...

Erik Alalooga at the Tartu Art House

On Friday, 11 November at 6 p.m. Erik Alalooga opens his solo exhibition “Liberated Machines” in the monumental gallery of Tartu Art House. The artist invites everyone to bathe in an undulating sound array because the monumental gallery is filled with acoustic machines. Large and small, acoustic and amplified, soft and aggressive, fast and slow objects allow you to experience different sound ...