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Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international contemporary craft event, highlighting works from different fields of applied art and design. Until March 15, designers and artists from the Baltic and Nordic countries are invited to apply for participation in the triennial’s main exhibition The Fine Lines of Constructiveness, which will take place from October 4, 2024 to February 16, 2025 at the Kai Art Centre in Tallinn.

Stories Editorial March 8, 2024

The 9th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial exhibits works of contemporary craft and design exploring themes like constructiveness, resilience, and sustainability, centering notions such as reconstruction and moving forward in the broadest sense. The curator of the main exhibition is the Estonian glass artist Maret Sarapu who has curated several glass art exhibitions in Estonia as well as participated in group exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, the USA, and elsewhere. Her work has been awarded in several national art competitions and is included in museum collections in Estonia and abroad.


«Constructiveness is something clear, straightforward, and optimal. All things superfluous have been cut. It can be found in ideas and acts that are contributing to development and creative progress, to reconstruction when all has been lost. Constructiveness emerges when means are scarce, energy low, or when we need to be gentle with one another. It can also appear in natural clear-mindedness,» says the introduction to the theme. «We are seeking works that showcase individual or collective methods to move towards solutions. These can include resilient and empowering preservation craft skills inherited from ancestors. Or developing a series of artworks — thinking and finding resolve in the process. Settling on what is the most important. We invite encounters with objects that provide us with ideas and stamina to live a better life. We seek strategies and models. We know that not all questions have definitive answers and there is no one single path suitable for everyone, but still, there are ways that lead to functioning, effective, and constructive results,» states the open call.


The call for the main exhibition is open to artists and designers living or working in the Baltic and Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland). Professional artists, art students, both individuals and groups, are welcome to participate. The artist must hold the copyright to their work, and the work must not have been created under an academic supervisor. Artworks can be presented either in physical or digital form. Each artist may propose an individual work, an installation, or a series of works. Works belonging to a series may have been created in different periods under the condition that they make up a conceptual whole.


Applications are open until March 15. For more information about the competition, visit the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial website.