TARTU AiR is a project realized through the collaboration of the Tartu City Council and the local creative community. By providing accommodation, working premises and exhibition spaces for artists, the programme aims at supporting intercultural contacts, openness, creativity, as well as further establishing Tartu as the City of Good Thoughts.
For 2017, we are looking forward to projects connected to the theme of &lsquoBuilding bridges&rsquo. In the most literal sense of the word, Tartu is a city of bridges with no less than 10 of them throughout the city, both over water and over land. Most bridges have been destroyed several times during the course of history, so (re)building them has been extremely important for the city. In a more metaphorical sense, Tartu is also a city building bridges between people, nations and cultures. Being the main university town in Estonia, Tartu hosts over 800 international students every year, coming from about 50 different countries, contributing to an atmosphere of openness and tolerance, establishing Tartu as the &ldquoCity of Good Thoughts&rdquo. We feel that also from an artistic point of view &lsquobuilding bridges&rsquo can be a topic that stimulates original creative ideas. We are thus looking forward to receiving project proposals that reach out to the local community / local organizations or that build bridges in another way.
Talented people are welcome to take part in our AiR programme which is open to all creative disciplines.
TAiR is a cross-organisational cooperation programme that develops the cultural life and internationalization of Tartu city and its cultural organisations in both traditional and creative ways, guided by the development programme of the city.
– Creativeness and Innovativeness The programme is open for new ideas, ways of thinking and working, and adapting to changing circumstances. It actively seeks for creative and innovative thoughts that can result as new type of art work and/or cooperation.
– Multiculturalism and Internationalisation: TAiR is international from the beginning. It appreciates the new viewpoints that come along with cultural exchange. Different backgrounds, people and cultures develop tolerance and refresh the view of the world. Although the main and primary focus of the AiR programme is international, we consider possible to allow Estonian artists to participate as well: professionalism and skills were seen more important than the nationality.
– Synergy and Cooperativeness: Working together instead of separately is essential for the programme and releases resources from each organisation. Cooperation deepens the relations between the organisations and the artists, and creates added value for everyone to benefit from.
– Knowledge and Experiences: TAiR prises sharing knowledge and experiences, and aims at increasing them for all sides, on a personal but also on an organisational level. Different backgrounds, people and cultures develop tolerance and refresh view of the world.
Studio Tartuensis is an independent cultural organization working with a wide variey of genres. We operate a letterpress printing museum and printmaking studio, a paper art studio and workshop, regularily host artists from all over the world, work with young people and offer a range of arts & crafts workshops. Many of our activities are implemented in partnership with local organizations and we have also both participated as well as taken the lead in various international cultural and youth projects. In short, Studio Tartuensis aims to make artistic expression available to everyone regardless of age, skills, gender or sometimes even location.
- Part of a Gallery/Museum
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art