The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly no. 62, 13 March 2017


It’s getting hot! Students of the Academy of Arts to compete again in the final round. Let’s turn on the heat!

The evaluation committee for Negavatt, the contest for energy and resource savings held by the Environmental Investments Centre (EIC), has chosen eight ideas that will advance to compete for the EUR 10,000 earmarked for implementing the ideas. In addition to these eight, public voting opened on 11 March, which will result in the announcement of another two projects that will advance to the next stage of the competition.

Voting by the evaluation committee saw the promotion to the final stage of ideas from Hugo Treffner Gymnasium, the Estonian Academy of Arts, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University, the Tallinn School of Service, TTK University of Applied Sciences and the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

The evaluation committee selected another six ideas to be put up for public vote. Candidates for the two available spots in the finals include projects from the Estonian Academy of Arts, the University of Tartu, the Tartu College of TUT and two projects from the Tallinn University of Technology. In addition, there is one idea from the joint team of students from the EuroAcademy, Tallinn University and the University of Tartu. You can vote for your favourite on Negavatt’s Facebook page by clicking like for your preferred project. Voting will continue until 15 March.

In the second round, the students will develop the project ideas in cooperation with their mentors and, if necessary, seek additional partnerships. By May, the best ideas will be developed into realisable projects. The winners will be announced at the final event, to be held at the end of May.

Negavatt – a contest for the conservation of energy and resources – received a total of 47 ideas from 15 schools this year. The award fund of the competition, which is financed from the environmental programme of the EIC, is 45,000 euros.


Festera (Hugo Treffner Gymnasium)

Don’t waste food; box it! (Estonian Academy of Arts)

PõhuNõu (TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University)

Fruit bag as a key ring (University of Tartu)

Paperless graduation thesis (Tallinn University)

Wine vinegar from fermented juice (Tallinn School of Service)

Park the bike! (TTK University of Applied Sciences)

Processing plastic for the purpose of promoting education (Estonian University of Life Science)

Selected for the public vote

Rental cup system (Tallinn University of Technology)

EAA warehouse (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Smuutila (University of Tartu)

RePaper (Tallinn University of Technology)

Modern exchange of clothes (Tartu College of TUT)

Dormat (EuroAcademy, Tallinn University, University of Tartu)

Negavatt is supported by Paulig Coffee Estonia, Empower 4Wind, Eesti Pandipakend, Pärnu Vesi, Keila Vesi, Emajõe Veevärk, Club-Mate Eesti and Good Mood Food.

Negavatt is a competition created by Foundation Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) and the Ministry of the Environment, the aim of which is to increase awareness regarding energy and resources, and to encourage students to offer solutions that help to conserve resources in universities. The idea may be a product, service, technological solution, method, or campaign that changes the way of thinking, and in turn behaviour. Competition website:

Mare Mikof and EAA lecturer Aleksander Jakovlev win the Felix Moor themed art competition for the News Building of the Estonian Public Broadcasting with their work MO:RF

On its 90th anniversary, the Estonian Public Broadcasting announced the open call titled “Art competition for the exterior space of the Estonian Public Broadcasting building at F. R. Kreutzwaldi 14” to find the most suitable conceptual solution for an art work connected with Felix Moor. The winning entry was the project MO:RF proposed by Mare Mikof and Aleksander Jakovlev. The jury found the conceptual and formal solution of the design to be distinctive and praised the clarity of the concept. The high artistic level of the proposal is hopefully a sign that the final outcome will be carried out on a similarly high professional level. The aesthetics of the draft ideally suits the everyday content of the News Building and effectively conveys the character of radio reporter Felix Moor.

The first prize came with the award of EUR 1,000.

Read more in EST
Dear world’s TOP 200 art and design academicians!

There’s a postcard campaign under way and we wish to invite all students, academic and non-academic staff members to send their friends, former students, course and class mates, relatives and acquaintances personal postcards, and let them know about the forthcoming Open Doors Day on 23 March 2017. There is a large selection of postcards designed in EAA placed next to post boxes in the EAA buildings accompanied by address lists of high schools, vocational schools, hobby schools and universities. Why not send a postcard to an art teacher, art history teacher, 11b or 12a class teacher or leisure manager you don’t personally know!

I encourage you all to write postcards and – to get you motivated – there will be a competition between buildings again. Exactly.

At the end of the competition on around 20 March, the building that has collected the most postcards will win. As the houses have a varying number of students, the smaller houses have to make a bigger effort. Like in real life. But the prize will be worth it.

The post boxes are located at the lobbies or the busiest hallways of the EAA buildings at Estonia pst 7, Lembitu 12, Suur-Kloostri 11 and Pikk 20. A selection of postcards made in EAA is available, but it is also possible to send cards with your own design. In addition to the postcard, the postage is also free of charge – EAA will add all the stamps. Please put the filled postcards in the designated post boxes by 20 March at the latest.

Alongside prospective applicants, everybody wanting to know more about the Estonian Academy of Arts is welcome to the Open Doors Day. We want everyone to have the opportunity to find out what we do here. So, you are welcome to also invite people who are not planning on studying here.

Have an exciting postcard sending competition between the buildings!

Interns for the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale selected

For the third time, Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia is sending Estonian interns to the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The responsibility of interns is to guard and maintain the Estonian Pavilion and to introduce the exhibition, Estonian art and Estonia. Interns have the opportunity to live in Venice for two months and visit all the Biennale events.

The competition announced earlier this year was extremely popular with 30 applications being submitted. Eleven interns were selected: Einike Leppik, Maarja Jullinen, Kadi-Maarja Võsu, Aap Kirsel, Mari-Liis Vanem, Saskia Epp Lõhmus, Liisa Rõžikova, Carol Piibur, Tauri Västrik, Darja Jefimova and Lill Volmer. Ott Karulin will join the interns. The interns study at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tartu Art College and University of Strasbourg.

This year, Katja Novitskova’s personal exhibition “If Only You Could See What I've Seen with Your Eyes” curated by Kati Ilves will represent Estonia at the Venice Biennale. CCAE has organised the Estonian Pavilion since 1999. Estonia has participated in the Biennale with a pavilion since 1997. The Venice Biennale is the biggest and most important international art exhibition.
Interns at the briefing (from the left): Lill Volmer, Saskia Epp Lõhmus, Darja Jefimova, Mari-Liis Vanem, Einike Leppik, Carol Piibur, Tauri Västrik, Liisa Rõžikova and Aap Kirsel (the last two on Skype) pose with a picture of Katja Novitskova and Kati Ilves.
Interns at the briefing (from the left): Lill Volmer, Saskia Epp Lõhmus, Darja Jefimova, Mari-Liis Vanem, Einike Leppik, Carol Piibur, Tauri Västrik, Liisa Rõžikova and Aap Kirsel (the last two on Skype) pose with a picture of Katja Novitskova and Kati Ilves.
EAA international curricula is open for applications until 3 May. Note to Estonian students – this time you have the same deadline as foreign students!

The study is conducted in Russian (BA) and/or English (MA/PhD).

Media Graphics RUS

Design & Crafts (including Jewellery and Blacksmithing, Textile Design, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Glass Art and Design, Leather Art and Design)

Interior Architecture

Interaction Design

Urban Studies

Design & Engineering

Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies

Doctoral Studies

Architecture and Urban Planning

Art and Design

[EAA fashion student Kätlin Haak designed the dress worn by the winner of Eesti Laul]


14 March, Faculty of Design, room 440A

Ragne Kikas for Yohji Yamamoto

The Department of Fashion hosted the talented designer Ragne Kikas to talk about her own subline for Yohji Yamamoto.

See the style

16 March at 18:00 at Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Jose Sanchez

Architectures for the Commons

On 16 March at 18:00, the Open Lecture series of the Faculty of Architecture at Kanuti Gildi SAAL is happy to present architect Jose Sanchez who uses his architectural skills to construct tools and environments for both physical and virtual games. The lecture is open to all architecture and design students, professionals and members of the general public intrigued by spatial and design matters; it will be given in English and is free of charge.
block'hood. still from videogame
block'hood. still from videogame
The “Historicising art” research group led by Prof Krista Kodres to continue the “Creating (art) history. Issues of rewriting” seminar series

The second seminar titled “The perspective of literary history” will be presented by Prof Tiina Kirss (University of Tartu) and it will take place at the EAA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture (Suur-Kloostri 11, rooms 103-104) on 17 March 2017 at 15:00.

Registration and additional information

29 March at 11:00-14:00

From researchers to the electronics industry

Seminar at the Tartu Observatory in Tõravere

ADAPTER, a cooperation network of research and development organisations, kindly invites you to participate in a seminar that focuses on various practical development opportunities that are offered to Estonian electronics companies by the organisations belonging to the ADAPTER network.

EAA is represented by Aivar Habakukk and Hannes Lung whose topic is “The importance of product development in large enterprises with the example of Electrolux”.

More info and registration, open until 27 March 2017

EAA lecturer Raivo Kelomees will take part in the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN) conference with a presentation at the University of Gothenburg on 14-16 March. More info

EAA students Mari-Leen Üksküla, Merle Luhaäär, Katrin Enni, Johannes Luik and Aivar Tõnso will participate with their video works in the Videoformes 2017 festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The programme is curated by Raivo Kelomees. Videos have made within the framework of the Experimental Video Course. More info


EAA animation student Heta Jäälinoja’s animation that was part of her master’s project was awarded a Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival. Onneksi olkoon!

Penelope wakes up. There’s someone at the door. But everything’s a mess.
Heta Jäälinoja’s “Penelope” – the Grand Prix for a Finnish movie under 30 minutes at Tampere Film Festival!
Heta Jäälinoja’s “Penelope” – the Grand Prix for a Finnish movie under 30 minutes at Tampere Film Festival!
Watch the trailer
Heta Jäälinoja accepting the award
Heta Jäälinoja accepting the award

“The Operative Archive” to bring the Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition home to the domestic audience at last

The “Baltic Pavilion. The Operative Archive” travelling exhibition was opened at the Design and Architecture Gallery on 10 March. The follow-up exhibition is a concentrate of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian joint exhibit that attracted much international attention at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

“The Operative Archive” brings home the best Estonian works exhibited in Venice and opens up the context. The exhibition will remain on view until 19 March.

The Tallinn edition of the travelling show will mostly display works by Estonian authors and collectives, including Anu Vahtra (in collaboration with Ralf Lõoke, Maarja Kask and Neeme Külm), Leonhard Lapin, Tõnis Vint, Ivar Veermäe, 3+1 Architects, Architectural Design Office Pluss, Maros Krivy and Agata Marzecova, KTA Architects, Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa.

Estonian co-curator Johan Tali will give a guided tour of the exhibition on 19 March at 14:00. When asked what he felt were the best parts of the exhibition, Tali, architect and EAA doctoral student in architecture, replied that the project on the whole, which was undertaken without having had to compromise, can be considered a success. “We took many risks with stern viewpoints in order to reach a certain level of quality, and I’m extremely happy that we managed to win the trust of the three countries, the community in Venice and our supporters. It was important from the start that the Baltic Pavilion would be an action that provokes and challenges, and avoids being safe and predictable.”

EAA doctoral student’s artist duo Varvara & Mar is to participate in the Stockholm Independent Art Fair SUPERMARKET 2017 on 23-26 March. Varvara & Mar will be represented by Espai Sant Marc

The Supermarket Art Fair is taking place for the 12th time and is one of the most international art fairs in Scandinavia. Stockholm will welcome 74 artist-run organisations and galleries from 45 cities.

[Art fair press release available here]

Varvara & Mar

Angela Soop’s personal exhibition “Diem perdidi”

Tartu Art House

→ 2 April 2017

Angela Soop binds fabrics and painting into an installation that has been inspired by the spatial parameters of the Monumental Gallery and talks about the feeling of security. “The need for protection is sharply felt when fear approaches. Being outside is sometimes less scary, but from there one can’t really see what is happening inside. To see and to know, one must enter. Of course, being inside doesn’t change the situation. The only thing that changes is the scale: bounded and limitless.”

Angela Soop (1970) has studied in Academia Non-Grata, received a Bachelor's degree in painting from the Estonian Academy of Arts and is currently studying for her master's degree at the same school. She has had personal exhibitions in Tallinn, Pärnu, Haapsalu and Tartu. Besides painting, she is also an active and renowned drawer.

OGH’s exhibition “Zones of Indistinction”

EAA Gallery, Vabaduse väljak 6/8 (entrance through the inner courtyard of Tallinn Art Hall).

Tue-Sat 12:00-18:00.

→ 1 April 2017

OGH is Paige Früchtnicht and Greg Ponchak

Vano Allsalu’s personal exhibition “Collective”

Vabaduse Gallery

→ 29 March 2017

Life on Earth and in the Country. The 17th Survey Exhibition of the Estonian Artists Association

Tallinn Art Hall

→ 16 April 2017

Schmuck 2017

Talente 2017, an exhibition of emerging applied artists

Hanna-Maria Vanaküla and Merlin Meremaa, master’s students in jewellery at the Estonian Academy of Arts

Internationale Handwerksmesse at Fairground Messe München

→ 14/03/2017

EAA Department of Leather Art 100

The bookbinding exhibit “Inferno”

Rahva Raamat in Viru Keskus

→ 01/04/2017


Best examples of works by students of the Department of Leather Art over the past five years

Tallinna Kaubamaja display windows

→ 19/04/2017

[Watch the interview with Professor Lennart Mänd]

The “Long Field” exhibition by Associate Professor of Glass Art Tiina Sarapu

Estonian Agricultural Museum

Pargi 4, Ülenurme, Tartu County

Curated by Reeli Kõiv

→ 19 August 2017 Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00


Introduction to Fashion Buying and Retail Management

18-26 April 2017

The course gives an overview of the principles of fashion buying and retail both in large and small retail companies and in physical and online shops. During the lectures, students will learn new and traditional forms of retail. The course is in English.

Lecturer: Miguel Martins, University for Creative Arts. Miguel Martins leads BA (Hons) Fashion Buying Retail Management course at UCA Rochester, where he teaches retailing, marketing and strategy.

Volume: 3 ECTS credits, 24 contact hours

Price: EUR 180

Info and registration:
http://or +372 626 7327 or



The objective of the Open Academy intensive courses is to provide guidance to prospective applicants of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The short courses will introduce the basic knowledge of the field and take place in April-May just before the entrance exams. All supervisors of our courses are EAA graduates or teaching staff members, and all courses will end with an assessment.


Speciality modules of the Design Prep-Academy

8 academic hours, on Saturdays at 10:00-17:00

• Textile, 1 April 2017

• Ceramics, 8 April 2017

• Leather Art, Accessory and Bookbinding Design, 22 April 2017

• Production Design, 29 April 2017

• Glass Art and Design, 6 May 2017

• Graphic Design, 13 May 2017

• Fashion, 20 May 2017

• Jewellery and Blacksmithing, 27 May 2017

Price: EUR 40 per course, EUR 24 per course for participants under 21

Drawing for Beginners

20 academic hours, supervised by Ann Pajuväli

From 4 May to 2 April 2017 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 17:30-19:00 (the last meeting takes place at 17:30-20:40)

Price: EUR 100, EUR 60 for participants under 21

Drawing for Advanced Students

20 academic hours, supervised by Ann Pajuväli

From 4 May to 2 April 2017 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 19:10-20:40 (the last meeting takes place at 17:30-20:40)

Price: EUR 100, EUR 60 for participants under 21


Intensive Course in Design for Prospective Applicants

20 academic hours, supervised by Merike Rehepapp and others.

12-16 June 2017 Mon-Fri at 17:30-20:40

Price: EUR 100, EUR 60 for participants under 21

Intensive Course for Making Portfolios

2 academic hours, supervised by Carl-Robert Kagge

9 June 2017 at 17:30-19:00

Price: EUR 20, EUR 10 for participants under 21

Art Project for Prospective Applicants

20 academic hours, supervised by Holger Loodus

12-16 June 2017 Mon-Fri at 17:30-20:40

Price: EUR 100, EUR 60 for participants under 21

Signing up for courses

It is possible to register via phone, in the Open Academy office, by contacting / 6 26 7326 or via the registration form available [HERE]


Sille Pihlak to talk on the Uudispluss radio show

EAA doctoral student, lecturer and Young Architect Prize nominee Sille Pihlak will take part in the Nutikas (‘Smart’) section of the Uudispluss show on Thursday 16 March at 13:10. She will talk about universities and higher education institutions cooperating with enterprises, and specifically about the EAA project that aims to bring together parties to develop wood as a construction material.

Read more

EAA master’s student in animation Terje Henk interviewed lecturer of animation Pedro Serrazina on the issue of space

Pedro Serrazina is a lecturer of animation at Lusófona University in Lisbon. He is currently working on his PhD project titled “The Creation and Use of Animated Space in Animation”. Terje Henk’s MA project in EAA is titled “Animation Outside the Cinema Space”. The two talked about space and animation. Read more in Müürileht (in Estonian)
Screen shot from Pedro Serrazina's sand animation
Screen shot from Pedro Serrazina's sand animation

The Kristjan Jaak scholarship programme for degree studies abroad is open to everybody beginning or continuing their studies at PhD and master’s levels at a recognised university abroad and willing to work in Estonia after graduation in a professional capacity where a PhD or MA degree in the relevant field is required.

Both full and part-time doctoral and master’s studies can be supported. Scholarship applications are accepted once a year. The next application deadline is 1 April 2017.

The contact person at the Archimedes Foundation for the Kristjan Jaak scholarship for doctoral studies abroad is Eliisa Sokk (e-mail:, tel +372 697 9227)

NB! The Kristjan Jaak scholarship for degree studies abroad comes with an obligation to work in Estonia after graduation. More info

Solveig Jahnke
Kommunikatsioonijuht/Head of Communications
Tel +372 6267 111
Mob +372 5626 4949
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