Estonian Printing Museum

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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.

Our mission:

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.

Our values:

– 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.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Open call
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): In certain cases it will be possible to fund part of the residency costs through the Tartu Artist in Residence grant. Please contact us for more information about this.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Tartu, Tallinn, Riga
    Nearest Train Station: Tartu
    How to reach by plane: At the moment there are direct flights to Tartu from Tallinn.Please check the current schedule at www.estonian-air.eeFlight time is 45 minutes.Tartu Airport: http://www.tartu-airport.eeTartu airport is located 10 km outside city limits and has a shuttle minibus service to your desired location within Tartu.Other options are:Arrival in Tallinn Airport (185 km from Tartu), followed by 2,5 hours bus trip.Arrival in Riga Airport (245 km from Tartu), followed by 4 hours bus trip.
    How to reach by train: You can get by train to Tartu from Tallinn, Estonia&rsquos capital. Trains for Tartu from Tallinn train station leave 3-4 times a day, and it takes a little more than 2 hours to get to Tartu. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and sea port, a taxi or tram No. 2 can (from the sea port) can take you there (&ldquoBalti jaam&rdquo stop). Trains are comfortable and some have wireless Internet access. train station is located 5 minutes walk from the Printing Museum.
    How to reach by car: Tartu is situated in southern Estonia. By car you can reach Tartu through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia (road E264) or Russia (road E77). From Sweden and Finland you can get by car with ferry via Tallinn (road E263). You can get information about roads to Tartu from any available map of Estonia.
    Street & Number: Kastani 42
    Postal Code: 50410
    City: Tartu
    Country long: Estonia
    Kastani 42
    Tartu 50410 EST
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