The Estonian Academy of Arts Weekly No 53


The best news of the year: The construction of the new building of the Estonian Academy of Arts has begun!

On Tuesday 3 January 2017, the Estonian Academy of Arts and OÜ Astlanda Ehitus signed a contract for carrying out the reconstruction and construction work on the Rauaniit Building situated at Kotzebue 1/Põhja pst, on the border of Kalamaja and the Old Town in Tallinn.

The Rauaniit Building is a cultural monument; the wings that were built during the Soviet period will be partially demolished and new sections will be added. The designers of the project and winners of the public architecture competition are alumni of the Academy – Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla and Eik Hermann – who are partners in Kuu Arhitektid architectural firm.

The net floor area of the future Estonian Academy of Arts academic building will be 12,302 m2. According to the planned timetable, the new building will be open for academic work from autumn 2018.

Read on in EST
The architectural designs are made by competition winners, EAA graduates Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla, and philosopher Eik Hermann from KUU Architects
The architectural designs are made by competition winners, EAA graduates Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla, and philosopher Eik Hermann from KUU Architects
The Garage48 invites EAA students to take part in the Spatial Hack!

• 21-22 January

• At the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Interior Architecture

• Organisers: EAA Department of Interior Architecture and Garage48

• Language: English

This space-design-oriented hackathon invites all students of architecture, urban planning, urban studies, interior architecture, anthropology, human geography and interaction design from all higher education institutions in Estonia to take part. Both bachelor’s and master’s students are welcome.

Register at

Read more here and on the Facebook event page.

Contact: Natalie Mets,

One more Loomehäkk in Tallinn!

The third edition of the Loomehäkk broad-based developers weekend for the creative industries will take place on 27-29 January. The two-day hackathon will bring together designers, code writers, entrepreneurs and representatives of creative disciplines to make innovative applications with the support of mentors and start-up experts (including Kaspar Hanni, Dea Martinjonis, Virgo Sillamaa, Sander Gansen and others) for the following entertainment areas:

• Music

• Cinema / motion picture

• Fashion

• Video game

• Theatre

• And other creative fields :)

Come to Loomehäkk:

• With your own ideas and team

• To find inspiration and join an interesting team on site

Meals/accommodation/language: There will be catering with food, beverages and snacks for the participants. Accommodation is available in the BFM building. The event language is English but team members can speak with each other in their preferred language.

EAA participates as a partner university in the organising team and Kelli Turmann from the Department of Research and Development acts as an advisor for the EAA students.

Partners: Digix, IGDA, GameFounders, Estonian Digital Centre, Edu&Tegu STARTERcreative, Tallinn Business Incubators, Tallinn University, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Business School, Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Music Estonia, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Public Broadcasting, TERE AS, Cinamon, Kosmos IMAX, Club of Different Rooms, Enterprise Estonia, Telliskivi Creative City

The partners of the hackathon will provide challenges and problems to solve together with prizes for the best teams. The list of partners is being updated daily.

Participation is free of charge for all students. The EAA discount code EKA1701 is required during the registration process. Please be prepared to present your student card (e.g. ISIC).

Contact: Marek Mühlberg,, +372 5510 204

Register here

Schedule and additional information

The Children’s Academy of the Open Academy brought joy to the participants

The second edition of the Children’s Academy, organised by the Open Academy, took place on 4-6 January.

11 children, aged 9-11, took part in the illustration course. Under the guidance of EAA graduate and fashion designer Kätlin Kaljuvee, the children learned various techniques, created fantasy worlds on paper and also designed an original T-shirt.

The animation course gave the children an introduction to the world of animation, and they got acquainted with optical toys and created a short animation clip. 12 children, aged 9-14, worked under the guidance of EAA graduate and animation teacher Ave Taavet.

Children’s Academy is an excellent opportunity to introduce the Estonian Academy of Arts to a younger audience and all the participants were very happy with the experience. The next Children’s Academy will take place during the spring break.


Mikk-Artur Ostrov

Self-Portrait 4

Kumu atrium

13 Jan - 9 Feb 2017

Mikk-Artur Ostrov’s exhibition Self-Portrait 4 that deals with the relationship between the artist and his artistic ideas will be open in Kumu from Friday.

The exhibition is displayed inside a showcase that aims to expand the territory of contemporary art to places it usually doesn’t reach. The one-square-metre showcase can display art in both a site-specific and autonomous way. Mikk-Artur Ostrov’s installation focuses on how the artist’s need for self-realisation corrupts the artistic concept.

Mikk-Artur Ostrov (1992) is currently undertaking his MA in Scenography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He previously graduated from the Tallinn University Art Education programme. He works in different media and is interested in the relationship between people and space on an aesthetic level.
Self-Portrait 4
Self-Portrait 4
Food and Vessel

EAA Department of Ceramics exhibition

The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Gallery

21 Jan - 26 Feb 2017

For several years, the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Ceramics has led a project that aims to connect young ceramicists with local cafés and restaurants. With a focus on the needs and wishes of different eating establishments, the designers have proposed their own approach, which has given birth to objects and sets that reflect the specifics and character of the establishment. Leaving behind the standardised environment, the tableware creates a close bond between the guest and the satisfaction from food.

Narva Art Residency

Narva Art Residency: Mirjam Matiisen is making a documentary about Sirgala

From 5 January, Mirjam Matiisen will be living and working in Narva for a month to make a documentary about the former mining village of Sirgala.

“In the 1980s, there were more than 1,000 people living there but now, 25 years after the mine closed, only about 20 people live there permanently. I will be dealing with the hopes and disappointments of the Sirgala people, the past and future of the settlement. I want to get to know the inhabitants of Sirgala and their daily life.”

Mirjam’s film is being made with the support of the Estonian Public Broadcasting, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute and Narva Art Residency, and it will be premièred as part of the Estonian Stories documentary series at the beginning of 2018.
It is -16 degrees outside, and 84-year-old Anna is boiling tea for Mirjam
It is -16 degrees outside, and 84-year-old Anna is boiling tea for Mirjam
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