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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2020

The annual EXHIBITION-SALE 2020 invites visitors to interact with a cross-section of local jewellery art from the past year.

The exhibition converges pieces from over 30 jewellery artists, made in and hence influenced by the meandering ways of the (un)believable and freakish year 2020. The artworks of the annual exhibition are on sale for the whole duration of the exhibition.

The drive of the exhibition is to explore how the force majeure of 2020 has influenced the everyday life and creative processes of the participating artists. The past year has been full of anxiety and worry about the unknown but has given the opportunity to find solace in being in the present. Resting on the imposed need for solitude, stillness holds space for the emergence of inspiration and clears time for facing yourself and to give the introspection a palpable form.

Jewellery artist Liisbeth Kirss: “This year’s restrictions made me take a break during which I could peacefully think or not think about my art. I feel it was very necessary and it couldn’t have happened in any other way.”

At the same time there are artists who were forced to prioritize the pressing financial matters of everyday life before their creative endeavours due to the coronavirus. “I lost my studio recently, because it was in the building of a restaurant in the Old Town and the restaurant went bankrupt. Hence, the pandemic has a quite direct influence on my creative work”, says artist Anni Kagovere. However, in the words of artist Claudia Lepik, the pandemic hasn’t changed the rhythm of her work so far, and the quotidian journeys she makes are as modest as before.

A-Gallery is the representative gallery of local art jewellery as well as a place for meeting artworks from over a hundred different authors. Encompassing different generations, schools, forms and ideas, A-Gallery tells the story of Estonian art jewellery. Each piece is handmade, unique and represents the aesthetics and concept of the artist.

Participating artists:

Krista Laos, Ive-Maria Köögard, Tarvo Porroson, Ülle Mesikäpp, Anne Roolaht, Tea Vellerind, Ihan Toomik, Anni Kagovere, Kertu Vellerind, Mari Relo-Šaulys, Adolfas Šaulys, Urve Küttner, Liisbeth Kirss, Ulvi Haagensen, Ülle Voosalu, Tamara Sergijenko, Claudia Lepik, Ivar Kaasik, Ane Raunam, Kadi Kübarsepp, Ülle Kõuts, Keesi Kapsta, Katrin Veegen, Raili Vinn, Merike Balod, Margit Paulin, Aino Kapsta, Kristi Paap, Kätrin Beljaev, Erle Nemvalts, Melitina Balabin, Nikolai Balabin, Marita Lumi, Ene Valter, Viktorija Lillemets, Rita-Livia Erikson, Sille Luiga, Kristiina Laurits.

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SOMA x SKOLIMOWSKI x TENSING x VALTER

NEW WORLD
Sofia Hallik / SOMA Jewellery

Estonian jewellery brand SOMA presents a new collection New World. The concept is based on a utopia about a symbiosis of Man and the Planet without the threat of environmental and man-made disasters. In the course of self-improvement cycles, each new generation of artificial intelligence emerged faster and faster, generating a kind of “intellectual explosion”. Ultimately, a planet endowed with super-intelligence, superior to that of all mankind, appeared. 

The amorphous form of the New World, flowing from one to another shape, is reflected in the jewellery from the new collection. The author allows the software to determine the shape of the jewellery by setting certain parameters in the software. The process of creating goes on in a new way, where the machine takes upon itself the role of a creator. 

Gender fluid jewellery from New World collection is 3D printed from recycled sterling silver.

Sofia Hallik (1991), the founder and CEO of SOMA Jewellery brand, is a jeweller, designer and PhD researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In her doctoral thesis, Sofia examines the impact of digital technology on jewellery making.

WHAT IF…
Birgit Skolimowski

In 1891, goldsmith Joseph Kopf opened here, at Hobusepea Street 2 one of the most notable and fine jewellery shops in Tallinn. For example, a decorative plate for Swedish crown prince Gustav Adolf as well as the chain of office of the first president of Estonia, Konstantin Päts, were made here. By today, almost 130 years have passed since the jewellery shop opened. If only we could go back in time and work in the environment and atmosphere of that time… 

What if…
….we as jewellery artists of today could go back and create jewellery for people of the past?

What was the significance of jewellery at the time? What was considered jewellery – was it only diamonds and gold? Would jewellery of today have spoken to people of the past? How much has the meaning of jewellery changed since then? Does jewellery protect or decorate us? Can ugly be beautiful and does form determine content? Can aesthetics and beauty be trivial? Do you always need a reason to adorn yourself?

Form must be discussed, the content is evaluated by the viewer. The maker of jewellery always has a story but when a piece of jewellery is commissioned by someone, their story is revealed through the maker’s interpretation.

I imagined myself meeting and talking to the people commissioning jewellery in those years, with joys and sorrows long gone by now. I listened to their stories and made those ideas into jewellery.

Birgit Skolimowski (1977) graduated the jewellery department at the Estonian Academy of Art 2006 (BA) and a year later she enrolled in the MA programme. Soon her daughters were born and for a couple of years she focused on being a mother.  This, however, never stopped her from creating jewellery. By now she has worked in her studio, here at Hobusepea Street 2 for almost 13 years.  Her daily work is divided between creating small series and commissioned works. Skolimowski has worked with numerous Estonian fashion designers and created jewellery for their shows as well as for their clients for special events.  She describes herself: “I love to create feminine and romantic jewellery with simple and minimal form. I’m inspired by life – people, architecture and, of course, nature. I will probably stay here, at the studio at Hobusepea Street and create jewellery for the rest of my life – I have still not grown tired of it.“

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TURNING BACK
Harry Tensing  

The artist is intrigued by the question whether there are ways for turning back to something that is gone. During his artistic research, the artist engraved arbitrary motifs onto silver plates; the play with random thoughts created a fictitious meaning. After having sawed the plates into small pieces, the artist recombined them and constructed new stories in the form of jewellery. Imprints taken of the plates beforehand serve as the only proof of their existence.

By adding semi-precious stones to the silver details a collection of jewellery was born, confirming the impossibility of turning back. 

Harry Tensing (1972) graduated from the department of sculpture at Tartu Art School (1992) and the department of jewellery and blacksmithing at the Estonian Academy of Arts (1998. He is currently working as a goldsmith in a historical enterprise Roman Tavast and as a freelance jewellery artist.

EUREKA
Ene Valter  

In preparation for each artwork, intense creative thinking is required. I love taking a particular material, precious stone, metaphor or symbol as the starting point when creating jewellery and then thinking around it, trying out forms, techniques and visuals. Often this testing period can be quite long and completion of the works needs to be put on hold. The antique corals in this exhibition waited for their time before becoming a piece of jewellery for several years. But finally, the long-awaited clarity arrived, I came to a solution and was able to exclaim with great satisfaction: EUREKA!

Ene Valter (1952) graduated from the Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing at the State Art Institute of Estonian SSR in 1977. After graduating she worked as a freelance artist and in 1986 she became a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association. Ene Valter is one of the founders of A-gallery and is currently working as a CEO at ARS-Vasetööd OÜ. A large part of Valter’s work is designing and making coats of arms for boroughs, medallions, awards and badges of honour, which she has always seen as a subset of jewellery art. In jewellery Valter values clarity, simple form and timelessness. Alongside silver, she uses high heat enamels when creating jewellery and badges, as that allows to satisfy her “colour hunger” in the rather monochrome choice of materials.

Above all, she enjoys designing and making chains of office for mayors, rectors of establishments of higher education and presidents of organisations. Valter significantly contributed in creating the gold chain of office for the President of Estonia for the republic’s 90th anniversary. She also authored the 5 kroon metal coin with the image of Jaan Koort’s deer. Ene Valter has presented solo exhibitions in Finland, Hungary and Estonia and has been nominated for the Jewellery of the Year Award in 2018.

The event is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

ARTIST TALK: SOFIA HALLIK (est)
ARTIST TALK: BIRGIT SKOLIMOWSKI (est)
ARTIST TALK: HARRY TENSING (est)
ARTIST TALK: ENE VALTER (est)

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A FEAST IN THE TIME OF PLAGUE

Epidemies have always plagued human society. When the previous one is forgotten, the next one knocks on the door. The land is then bedecked with an atmosphere of fear. Institutions are operating as they consider most useful for the society and people must follow with duty, disperse, keep distance and stay under.

The philosopher George Bataille writes in his 1949 book “The Accursed share: An Essay on General Economy” about energy as a resource that is always in excess and raises a choice of either using it beautifully and enjoyably or turning it into a destructive force [1]. During the times of an epidemic, the over-boosting energy of restrained people begins transforming into new forms. The trapped energy can morph into a paranoid destructive rage against the social order. For example, during the second cholera epidemic in Russia, foreign doctors were made to be the culprits.

Surplus energy can be released with partying. Secret and exclusive, these little vortices of life (and death) have a particularly dark, sinful and erotic taste during the times of change. The beautiful waste of excess energy gives birth to a new and unplanned beauty, it  creates  decameronic fragments of art for the future. These times are interesting but not unique, it has some déjà vu in it!

[1] George Bataille, The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, trans. Robert Hurley, New York: Zone, 1949.

Kätrin Beljaev (1982) has obtained an MA degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts (supervised by Professor Kadri Mälk) in 2015 and has studied in Florence and Porto. She has participated in various exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. As a freelance artist, she has been acknowledged with the grant from Foundation of Young Estonian Jewellery in 2016. Her artwork belongs to the permanent collection of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.  Current exhibition pieces have been made in the artist residency in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the old European center of gemstone work.

The artist expresses her gratitude to Estonian Artists Association, Kaarel Sikk, Theo Smeets, Kerli ja Kalmer Koppel, Kristian Beljaev, Rein Beljaev and Restaurant Scheeli.

Special thanks to Krete Beljaev and Indrek Mesi who made it happen!

ARTIST TALK

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MORGEN HÄÄL x ILLEND x KIRSS x PAULIN x VILLEMI

RETROSPECTS
Maire Morgen Hääl

Sille Kima, the gallerist and curator of A-Gallery: “One window is undoubtedly not enough for an extensive retrospective of Maire Morgen Hääl’s work. Morgen Hääl’s work and contribution to Estonian art history is noteworthy. Artist and curator Kaisa Maasik has said that in 2020 contemporary artists are hybrids, whose main interests hint at who they would be if they were not artists. Maire has been a hybrid from the beginning. As a monumentalist, creator of public art, metal artist, designer and exhibition producer, she would need much more space and a deep reflection on her work. This window exhibition is the first bookmark.”

Maire Morgen Hääl (1939) studied blacksmithing at Estonian Academy of Art (former State Art Institute) and later, for many years, worked as a designer and an artist at the Experimental Construction Department of Tallinn University of Technology (former Tallinn Polytechnical Institute), where she designed and made details for testing equipment which the institute’s scientists needed for their experiments. Aside from that Morgen Hääl occasionally worked on creating award badges and medals for the rectorate’s or the ruling party’s distinguished guests during the Soviet era. 

During the same period, Hääl’s creative designs were mostly monumental works for public space. Her works include ironwork at the Glehn Castle and Õnnepalee, as well as the monumental sculpture “Students” in front of the main building of TalTech,as well as lighting fixtures in National Library of Estonia, and elsewhere. Morgen Hääl also kept up a jewellery practice and created commissioned works in semi-secrecy, as this was prohibited by the Soviet state. In her jewellery designs Morgen Hääl’s main focus is the person the piece is for. Partly due to this, she has created few pieces without a specific person in mind. One of Morgen Hääl’s most notable collaborations was with fashion designer Kai Saar at the Tallinn Fashion House at the end of the 1980s. 

Maire Morgen Hääl’s works belong to the collection of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and she has participated in exhibitions in Berlin, Moscow, Tallinn, Vilnius, Prague, Montreal and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

PLAY
Leida Illend

“Play is a serious work for a little human, as stated in a song. Play!   By designing jewellery I have relied on playful approaches, such as combination, juxtaposition of surfaces, using different textures and graphic lines etc – their correlation and the contribution of stones.   Play is mysterious. Play is secret.” – Leida Illend, 13 October 2020

Leida Illend (1940) spent her school years in Rakvere. She began her art studies at Tartu Art School as a decorator (1961–1966). Illend graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts (former State Art Institute) in 1972. From 1972 to 1995 she worked at ARS-JUVEEL as an artist and creator of original editions. Today she is a freelance artist. Illend’s works have been shown at applied art exhibitions since 1971, both in Estonia and abroad, including in Milan, Italy; Montreal, Canada; Munich, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania and elsewhere in the Soviet Union. She has taken part in three Tallinn Applied Art Triennials. Her solo exhibition “Clarity” was displayed at A-Gallery (2005) and the most notable group shows Illend has participated in include “10” at Tallinn Town Hall (1998) and “Eyes” at Vabaduse gallery (1996). In recent years she has taken part in the annual exhibitions of the Estonian Association of Jewellery Artists and Blacksmiths whenever possible. Many of her works belong to private collections as well as those of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and Tallinn City Museum.

PEEPSHOW
Liisbeth Kirss

“Peepshow” is about love, sexuality, shame and pride. Some feelings make you want to cover your eyes and hide behind a curtain. Fighting this shyness is an everyday struggle. Why do I feel a girly coyness as a grown-up woman? And when I do temporarily defeat this feeling, I have to start explaining my “arrogance”. Does anyone even love without shame?

Liisbeth Kirss (1996) was born and raised in Pärnu. In 2018 she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Jewellery and Blacksmithing, currently continuing studies in the Master’s degree. Kirss has taken part in exhibitions both home and abroad, as well as an internship in Amsterdam. She gets inspiration from friends, love and nightlife.  

APPLE ORCHARD
Margit Paulin

After offering Adams’ apple to Eve, so much has happened in this garden. Old metal objects found in the soil under the apple tree leaves of the artists’ own home garden, have got the words to tell their stories through jewellery and through the artists’ hands,which are very personal – someone has had love, had prayers, faith… has shed blood and built a home – simple timeless apple orchard stories. Dedicated to special men.  

Margit Paulin (1980) was born in Tallinn and graduated from EKA with a degree in metal jewellery in 2012 and is currently working as a freelance jewelry artist in her home studio between the forest and the sea in the small Estonian village of Keibu. In the creation of jewellery, the important aspect is the story of someone, from which the journey of jewellery begins and on the basis of this story the object becomes an individual piece of jewellery. Jewelry has a soul, and if there is a story the jewellery could be everlasting.

BROKEN-HEARTED  
Paul Villemi  

Death is a part of every life and it leaves a mark on the ones close to it. But it can be beautiful – that which is left behind.  

Paul Villemi (1983) is a metal artist, who has graduated from the Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing Estonian Academy of Arts in the (2014 BA). He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and in 2015 he opened his personal exhibition “Motive” in the Vault of A-gallery. Paul has largely been focused on knifemaking, using 3D printing and metal casting as his main techniques.

ARTIST TALK: MAIRE MORGEN HÄÄL (est)
ARTIST TALK: LIISBETH KIRSS (est)
ARTIST TALK: MARGIT PAULIN (est)
ARTIST TALK: PAUL VILLEMI (est)

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THE FORGOTTEN ALLURE OF BARBARITY

Indrek Jets´ art mentally travels the darker and more obscure paths of cultural history. His work brings together prehistoric and early medieval ornaments, Baroque forms, Art Nouveau lines, mythical- fantastical atmosphere, uncompromising aggression of Punk culture and dandy-like elegance. Many of his pieces are inspired by archaeological finds with coded ornaments hiding myths and stories. You just have to know how to read them.

Indrek Jets is a teacher, metal artist and has a PhD in archaeology. His academic focus is on early Estonian ornaments. He has created reconstructions of archaeological finds for Estonian National Museum and teaches at the Tallinn University Haapsalu College, Haapsalu Art School and Haapsalu Vocational Education and Training Centre. He has also given lectures at the Ööülikool radio programme.

ARTIST TALK

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JELLE x KEDRINA x LILLEMETS x SERGIJENKO

 PURE KINDNESS + DANCE
Heigo Jelle

Heigo Jelle (1963) graduated from ERKI (Estonian Academy of Arts) in 1986, and has since maintained a professional practice in metal arts. He worked as a faculty member in the Estonian Academy of Arts from 1991-2015, including 18 years as an Associate Professor. His primary material is iron and his primary technology of work is forging. Jelle’s work ranges from jewelry to sculpture, with an emphasis on commissions for both historical and modern architectural projects, including nine gates in the Tallinn Old Town. His latest monumental work was finished in June 2020   a four meter sculpture “Wake up call” on Torni street in the Tallinn district of Nõmme.

On the windows on A-Gallery, Jelle is showcasing two of his monumental forged and welded steel sculptures.

INSIGNIFICANT BURDEN OF BEING
Ljubov Kedrina

Each of us has a past that trails behind each step, that consists of predefined occasions and uncontrolled situations. It consists of the experiences of our ancestors, where on the scales there is an unstable balance between conscious choice and fateful events. We are dragging with us this insignificant burden of being.

Ljubov Kedrina (1987) was born and raised in Tallinn, Estonia. Graduated from Tallinn University in 2011 in Art Therapies (BA) and in 2019 from Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department (BA). Participated in several international group exhibitions in Italy, Portugal, Russia and Estonia.

LIGHTNING IN THE LOTUS BLOOM
Bruno Lillemets

“The way in which the lotus blossom slowly opens, quietly spreading out its petals, is indeed like the revelation of truth, that becomes then visible between the pink petals, reminiscing a brilliant cut diamond. It comes as no surprise that the gods have made a habit of sitting on it.”Tõnn Sarv

Bruno Lillemets (1979) studied Jew ellery Art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He has been participating in exhibitions since 1998. For the past decade Lillemets has mostly been working on monumental installations for public space. For example, the interactive robot fungi at the Tallinn TV Tower and design elements of the permanent exhibition of the Estonian History Museum’s Great Guild Hall. His sculptures and installations can also be found outside of Tallinn in Rakvere, Tartu, Narva, Kohtla-Järve, Põlva and Kehra. Lillemets’ works are a part of the collection of the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum.

MESSAGE FROM BABYLON
Tamara Sergijenko

In the contemporary world order one can often get in touch with the traditions of ancient civilizations. One of them – creating and wearing jewellery – has never lost its relevance. The colours of foregone times are reflected within works that look like paintings, unexpectedly encrusted with silver jewellery.

The bulk of Sergijenko’s work is based on various techniques of working with enamel. On the window of A-gallery she presents her recent paintings along with silver jewellery in the rare and extremely demanding plique-a-jour technique.

Tamara Sergijenko (1950) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Estonia and abroad: USA, Great Britain, Japan, France, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, among others. Sergijenko has taken part in jewellery symposiums in Germany, Great Britain and Lithuania. She has held masterclasses in USA and Russia and has been awarded prizes and diplomas at various competitions.

Sergijenko’s enamel works can be found in „The Collector’s Golden Book“ (published by Les Editions Arts et Images du Monde, Paris, 1992 – 1993). Her works belong to museum collections in Estonia, Russia, USA and Germany, as well as in several private collections.

The exhibition is sponsored by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

ARTIST TALK: HEIGO JELLE (est)
ARTIST TALK: LJUBOV KEDRINA (est)
ARTIST TALK: BRUNO LILLEMETS (est)

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LOOKS LIKE JEWELLERY

I do not claim the title of a “pure” jeweller. But who could prevent me from doing so? Especially given the fact that I once studied jewellery and metal art in Tallinn. I work episodically, when I have an overload of works in progress and ideas from other creative endeavours. Provoked by such high-sounding titles as Amber Trip, Silver Festival, Metallophone and others, I sometimes get myself into this, yet I think of myself as not belonging to this guild, I mean, the guild of jewellers… So, I have an ambiguous approach. But I really care about all this. I would describe the style of my works as industrial. That is why the materials that I use are far from elite, namely, aluminum, bronze, quartz, ready-mades, fragments of metal tools… And, oh yes, sometimes amber. I put myself into your (professional) hands.

Best of luck with your criticism!

Best regards,
Romualdas

Romualdas Inčirauskas (1950) studied metal at Higher School of Applied Art in Telšiai and at ERKI (the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR).  His artistic production encompasses the decorative – conceptual metalwork, sculpture, medals and painting. He is a member of the Lithuanian Artist’s Association since 1986 and  FIDEM (International Medallist’s Federation) since 1998. In addition to exhibiting at numerous exhibitions since 1978, Inčirauskas’ works have been acquired by Lithuanian National Museum, Vilnius Gaon Jewish State Museum, National Museum of M.K.Čiurlionis, Maironis Literary Museum, Museum of Chiune Sugihara in Kaunas, Vincas Gėlė Museum (Naisiai. Šiaulių region), Samogitian Art Museum (Plungė), Samogitian Museum Alka (Telšiai), A. Baranauskas and A. Vienuolis – Žukauskas Literary Museum (Anykščiai), Nelimarkka Museum (Alajarvi, Finland), Basis School of Sculpture Museum (Tel Aviv) and the British Museum (London). His works are held in private collections in Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Israel, Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Sweden, USA and elsewhere.

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OPEN CALL: WINDOWS

The deadline is extended! Please send your application before the 21 October 2020.

We invite You to submit your exhibition for A-gallery’s upcoming program season

WINDOWS is a platform for micro exhibitions at A-gallery, established in 2019 with the aim of showcasing both new and previously exhibited work of practitioners in the field of contemporary jewellery in a compact format and extending the gallery’s exhibition space into public space.

WINDOWS welcomes both solo projects and collectively created expositions engaging with contemporary jewellery and craft practices within the field of visual culture. WINDOWS invites a two-directional gaze, to look both in and out. As such, the space can also accommodate works stemming from the field of jewellery but developed in collaboration with fields concerned with body and space, such as design, fashion, visual and performance art and architecture.

WINDOWS is located in Tallinn Old Town, on the corner of Hobusepea Street and Pikk Street. WINDOWS has found a home in the display windows of a former goldsmith’s shop established in 1891. WINDOWS is comprised of five spaces – one large and four small windows. WINDOWS welcomes visitors day and night, in every kind of weather.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  • name
  • contact information
  • names of all participants
  • description of the project (2000-2500 characters)
  • description of artworks
  • visual material relevant to the project (up to 5 images)
  • list of equipment and/ or special requirements for exhibiting works
  • CV(s) and portfolio(s) of participant(s)
  • preferred exhibition period (month / quarter)

Measurements of A-gallery’s windows are 220x140x48 cm (height/width/depth), except for the large window facing Hobusepea Street, which measures 220x300x85 cm. The window spaces include ceiling hooks for hanging, lighting fixtures and electrical sockets.

Costs of installing, production and the opening  event are covered by the artist(s). A-gallery provides a letter of confirmation for funding applications, if necessary. Exhibition period is approximately six weeks.

The submission deadline is 21 October 2020.
Please send your application to info@agalerii.ee with all relevant materials attached in one zip-file or via mail to A-galerii, Hobusepea 2, 10133, Tallinn.

The application is accepted only if it is submitted on time and includes the required information and materials.

Submissions to WINDOWS open call are evaluated by a jury. Exhibition programme is approved by the board of A-gallery and curator Sille Kima. Artists chosen for the programme will be notified from 4 November 2020 onwards.

Additional information:

Sille Kima
info@agalerii.ee
+372 55 624 384

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OPEN CALL: VAULT

The deadline is extended! Please send your application before the 21 October 2020.

We invite You to submit your exhibition for A-gallery’s upcoming program season.

VAULT is an exhibition space at A-gallery, focusing on showcasing new work by professional jewellery artists and blacksmiths. VAULT acts as a historic touching point between the original and the contemporary functions of the building – that of a former goldsmith’s shop and of the most notable exhibition space for contemporary jewellery and blacksmithing in Tallinn. VAULT welcomes artists, writers and researchers whose work stems from contemporary jewellery and craft practices and their context in broader visual culture.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  • name
  • contact information
  • description of the project (2000-2500 characters)
  • description of artworks
  • visual material relevant to the project (up to 5 images)
  • list of equipment and/ or requirements for exhibiting works
  • CV(s) and portfolio(s) of participant(s)
  • preferred exhibition period (month / quarter)

The floor plan of A-gallery’s VAULT can be found below. Floor plan’s measurements are marked in centimetres. The height of the vault is 315 cm and size 5.2 m². It is possible to exhibit works by using cables and magnets. Painting and drilling is not possible in the space. The exhibition space of VAULT extends to one of the windows facing Hobusepea street. 

Costs of installing, production and the opening event are covered by the artist. A-gallery provides a letter of confirmation for funding applications, by request. Exhibition period is approximately four weeks.

The submission deadline is 21 October 2020.
Please send your application to info@agalerii.ee with all relevant materials attached in one zip-file or via mail to A-galerii, Hobusepea 2, 10133, Tallinn.

The application is accepted only if it is submitted on time and includes the required information and materials.

Submissions to VAULT open call are evaluated by a jury. Exhibition programme is approved by the board of A-gallery and curator Sille Kima. Artists chosen for the programme will be notified from 4 November 2020 onwards.

Additional information:

Sille Kima
info@agalerii.ee
+372 55 624 384

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ARRAK x PÄRTELPOEG x PAAL x VOOSALU

5 KNIVES
Tõnu Arrak

For some time it was a challenge for me, now it has become my profession. I simply wanted to make these objects. It is the thing I do best, it still has not become boring, it still challenges me. These knives have been made in the past year.

Tõnu Arrak (1964) is a knifemaker and a metal artist. Between 1985–1990 Arrak studied metal arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Before settling into his current practice of professional knifemaking, Arrak was a jewellery artist, blacksmith and a bladesmith. Knives made by Arrak – bearing the name Tuuts – are highly valued by many distinguished chefs in Estonia and abroad.

The knives of Tõnu Arrak have received multiple awards in France, Belgium, Germany and Finland. His solo exhibition “Striped Iron” was a collaboration with Estonian History Museum (2004). His latest exhibition “40 knives. Tõnu Arrak and Friends” took place at the National Library of Estonia (2014).

WHEN TIME STOPS / the world rushes on
Mari Pärtelpoeg

When the flow of my time stops: I see grass growing high, seeds ripening, a river finding the way between stones, clouds slowly changing shape.

Knitting silver wire is an old and slow technique of Indian and Tibetan origin, demanding patience – though thoroughly enjoyable. The details added to chain are either casted or pressed.

Mari Pärtelpoeg (1956) studied at the Estonian State Art Institute specializing in metal art (1974–1979). She has exhibited since 1978. In addition to participating at applied art exhibitions and quadriennials in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, her works have been shown at the Contemporary Swedish Silver Gallery in Stockholm (1992) and at the Scandinavian and Baltics applied arts exhibition “FROM DREAMS TO REALITY” in Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Göteborg and Helsinki (1993/94). She has participated at the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial multiple times. She is one of the founders of ON-grupp but also works as an independent artist. Pärtelpoeg’s works are in the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. Mari Pärtelpoeg has shown her works at a duo exhibition at Tallinn Art Salon together with Anu Paal (1986) and at solo exhibitions at A-gallery. Her latest exhibition “Garten”, collaboration with Katrin Veegen, was exhibited at Trofejas, Berlin (2017).

LONGINGS
Anu Paal

On display are brooches inspired by the motives of traditional sõlg and prees chest adornments. The brooches are made of wood and bark, conveying the idea of deep interconnectedness of indigenous heritage and the natural environment.

Anu Paal (1951) graduated from the department of jewellery and metalwork at ERKI (State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR) in 1979. She has participated in exhibitions in Estonia and abroad since 1978. In addition to applied art exhibitions in Estonia and the Baltics, Paal has participated at numerous exhibitions in Scandinavia, Germany, UK and Moscow since the end of the 1980s. Among others, she has had solo and collaborative exhibitions at Tallinn Art Salon (1986), the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (1990, 1995, 2002), Kristjan Raud Museum (1995), Tallinn Art Hall (1996, 2011, 2016), Adamson-Eric Museum (2001) and at A-gallery (2016). Her works are in the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. Paal was the recipient of the Kristjan Raud Art Award in 1991.

SOMEWHERE ELSE
Ülle Voosalu

That which is here is somewhere else.
A thought occurs, rushing past at great speed, and is realized somewhere else.
You only need to begin with an action and it will start reiterating itself, going its own way.
The end result is unpredictable or too simple to predict. It is decided somewhere else.
A game that cannot be captured here and now.
A game that is played somewhere else.

Ülle Voosalu (1954) graduated from ERKI as a jewellery artist. Since 1980, she has been had solo and joint exhibitions in Estonia,former Czechoslovakia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Gemany. Voosalu is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association. She worked as an artist in Tartu Ars and as a lecturer in Pallas University of Applied Sciences. Currently she is working as a freelance jewellery artist.

ARTIST TALK: TÕNU ARRAK (est)