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This exhibition is about minds and maps. We have thought about Tallinn and our relationship with the city, which is only around 80 kilometres from Helsinki. We have been to Tallinn many times, but now we are going to explore the city from jewellery artists’ point of view and find places that are peculiar to it. In addition, we will be hiding some jewellery on the streets of Tallinn. These hidden pieces will be tiny but visible and you will need a map or hints to find the places. The street pieces will lead you to A-Gallery.
Kaisa Vuorinen:
Work plays an important role in most people’s lives. If there is no work, there is no money.
Money, work and competition are themes in my jewellery. They are often on my mind. I made most of these works using the laborious and time consuming layer metal technique (mokume-gane). The patterns on the pieces come from sports medals found at flea markets. On the surface of the jewellery people work hard to win gold medals.
Coins represent small amounts of money. They can often be found on the streets, and if the value of a coin is very small, most people don’t even bother to pick it up. I have a bowl of coins at home, but I can’t use them to buy anything, because they are not in use anymore. They are made of combinations of metals, and it’s difficult to define their value. I use coins as a material for some of my jewellery. The coins have a new life and gain new value through my (handi)work.
Sanna Nuutinen:
First there’s a map; landmasses, water, coordinates. Then there are borders and walls. Walls are dividers, protectors or threats. Who built the wall, and why? Who has permission to go through it? There might be happiness on this side of the wall, while on the other side there’s something else. I have chosen words: contemporary rhetoric from the news. The words are passing comments on our present time: about movements, borders and politics. Turned into silver, there’s more time to think about the bigger picture behind the words. I have picked coordinates of different locations. Some of them are imaginary walls or borders, situated in the middle of seas and oceans. Others are concrete walls. Then there are walls/jewellery with holes in them. Where would you place a wall? Or is there a wall you would tear down?
We have placed tiny pieces of jewellery on the streets of Tallinn. The route starts from the harbour terminal and ends on Pikk Street, near A-Gallery. You can find the places by looking at the photos in the exhibition. It will be interesting to see how long the jewellery remains on the streets.
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Open Call for Exhibition Proposals for A-gallery’s Vault Room in 2019

A-gallery is looking for exhibitions to be displayed in the historical Vault Room in 2019. Submissions are open to all professional artists and designers who are active in the field of jewellery and blacksmithing.
The 5.2 m² Vault Room has hosted exhibitions since 2005. It has displayed the artworks of many artists from different generations as well as foreign guests from Finland to Australia.
The aim of the Vault Room exhibitions is to give viewers a broader understanding of contemporary designer jewellery. Exhibitions are selected via open calls.
Proposals must be submitted by 23 September 2018.
In order to participate, we ask you to submit the following:
– a project description;
– participant CVs;
– project-related visual materials, if possible; and
– the preferred date of your exhibition (month, quarter).
The proposals can be submitted in person or via mail at A-gallery, Hobusepea 2, 10133 Tallinn or by e-mail at
The selection of exhibition projects is approved by the management board of Autoriehe OÜ. Proposals will be assessed in terms of originality, significance and professionality.
In 2019, A-gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary. A-gallery’s birthday is celebrated every year on 10 May. Consequently, artists are also welcome to submit projects that are dedicated specifically to A-gallery’s anniversary.
The use of the Vault Room is free of charge. The exhibition installation, production and opening costs will be covered by the artist. The exhibitions change every four weeks.
Artworks can be mounted with wires and magnets. The walls of the room cannot be painted or drilled. Artists are welcome to use A-gallery’s transparent acrylic showcases, which are available in two sizes:
1.20 × 20 × 20 cm (internal dimensions 18 × 18 × 18 cm) – 12 pcs; and
2.35 × 35 × 35 cm (internal dimensions 33 × 33× 33 cm) – 5 pcs.
The plan of A-gallery’s Vault Room:
The measurements on the plan are given in centimetres. The Vault Room is 315 cm high.
More information: Erle Võsa-Tangsoo / / +372 646 4101
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On the Stairs

Jewellery artist Ülle Kõuts’s personal exhibition On the Stairs is in the Vault Room of A-Gallery.

Ülle Kõuts:
“Being on the stairs implies movement from one point to the next.
Often such movement occurs on a winding staircase, where at times it is necessary to stop
to marshall one’s resources… to reassess…
and then still and again to move on…”

At her current exhibition the artist presents folded breastpins that have been completed in the “marriage of metals”- author’s technique where the artist creates characteristic stripes while soldering silver with copper or German silver. Kõuts’ minimalistic style is known already from her earlier works. Yet, the artist has reached a new artistic approach and arrived at a new level.

Ülle Kõuts (b. 1956, Pärnu) has graduated from the Estonian State Art Institute in 1980. Since then she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Kõuts is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association and Estonian Metal Artists’ Association. She is a co-founder of ON-Grupp and A-Gallery. Present exhibition On the Stairs is Ülle Kõuts’s third personal exhibition in the Vault Room of A-Gallery. Her previous exhibition Water was awarded with the Best Exhibition Prize held in the Vault Room in 2011. The annual prize serves as the recognition of jewellery artists by A-Gallery.

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Quintet is a series of five jewellery pieces which can be both passively worn and actively played as instruments. Their forms illustrate cultural differences between Australia and Estonia as experienced by the maker. The body of the form is filled with a crushed Vana Tallinn bottle, the most accessible physical Estonian product in Australia.
Together their sounds make up the song which is played at their exhibition in The Vault.
The song for Tallinn.

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Current exhibition will partly continue the themes the artists introduced at their previous exhibition GARTEN (=garden, a piece of ground for growing plants) held in Berlin in 2016. The art project unites two jewellery artists from different generations whose work also seem to differ at first glance. However, the works exhibited have all something in common.

“We grow and we change while being always thirsty for something. As human beings, do we differ from plants that much after all and in what way?”

Katrin Veegen (b. 1978)

“Apples of the Paradise,
beans left in the field,
mouth of gold.”

Mari Pärtelpoeg (s. 1956)

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All that glitters is not gold

Ive-Marie Köögard’s personal exhibition of classical jewellery art “All that glitters is not gold” will be open in the Vault Room of A-Gallery from January 9, 2017.
“I have always been inspired by beautiful, shining stones and I cannot resist collecting these. This leaves me with no other choice than to use the stones for making new pieces of jewellery. Thus, my work has also been my hobby for the last 49 years”

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A Jewel among Stones

The reason behind this collection lies in the artist’s endless interest in 17th and 18th century extravagant gemstone jewellery. Combining artistic analytics and free association, the aesthetic of precious jewellery merges with everyday stone constructions.
The series A Jewel among Stones playfully examines the relationship between these two different kinds of stonework. The two types are often seen as opposites, one being remarkably precious and the other merely a matter of necessity.
Common and practical stones also possess the aspect of aesthetic. Sometimes stones used in
construction execute beautiful patterns on the building walls or ground; jewels among stones, one could say. Likewise, gemstones famously desired for their preciousness and looks are utilised purely for their functional properties.
Interestingly, when put side by side, some images of gemstone jewellery and cobblestone streets make a perfect match. Often gemstone settings and the positioning of cobblestones are strikingly similar.
A Jewel among Stones presents an on-going collection of objects, jewellery and photographs.
Hanna Ryynänen is a Finnish jewellery artist currently working and living in the city of Lappeenranta. In 2016 she graduated from Saimaa UAS as Bachelor of Arts, her main field being jewellery art. Besides one-off pieces of jewellery and small series, she has been making objects, installations and small sculptures.
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Message by Jewellery – Homage to Domestic Jewellery Art

Message by Jewellery – Homage to Domestic Jewellery Art

A-Gallery that represents the crème de la crème of Estonian jewellery artists welcomes everyone to pay homage to domestic jewellery art – during May 14 to 18 the gallery offers everyone the possibility to write some good thoughts or wishes to one’s most favourite local jewellery artist whereas all the messages will be forwarded to the artists by the gallery.

Your messages are welcome to be long and elaborated, however a simple “Thank you!” will also make the recipient surely happy. The purpose of the present call is to acknowledge the wonderful jewellery artists in Estonia and to appreciate the unique skills used for creating every original piece of jewellery. Considering today’s speed and extensiveness of electronic communication a handwritten, authentic message is especially appropriate for acknowledging the wonderful artisan pieces.

We recommend to take a look at your personal jewellery collection – perhaps there is a special piece that you have always cherished and fyou have always wanted to forward your gratitude to its author but you have never had the chance to do that. Why not grab the chance and write down some questions for the authors that you have always dreamed of asking.

A-Gallery invites you to drop by during May 14-18 to write down your thoughts. We take care that the messages will reach the artists.

May 17th and 18th will have a special meaning, we will let you know about the details soon!


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“Pieces of jewellery are not considered art, even if they really yearn for the status. Especially gold and gems. All kind of gimcrackery is not art, despite the fact that the display windows are full of them. Jewellery is non-art.”   This is the message of Ivar Kaasik’s present exhibition where the artist presents works relating to paint and the faded brilliance of crystals.

What’s more – any kind of harmony, balance and compatibility has been avoided. There is lack of taste and beauty. The result is art. At least it really aims at being art. But is it enough in order to become a great work or art? Certainly not. However, when the objects were exhibited in a museum or an art gallery then even the smallest objects will become magnificent. Like in a fairy tale where words of wisdom are often expressed though vague hints or by birds and animals.  

“What is your favourite colour and favourite stone? Where did you recently travel to? What kind of materials do you use? Why such incomprehensible names?” It gets really complicated when artists themselves have to talk about their work or to describe their creative process, to reveal facts about their family and home. One has to create a myth and remain in the shadow in order to offer the viewers the opportunity to decide themselves what to see. Whereas Kaasik’s earlier works have been covered with diamonds then his new pieces form a symbiosis of patches of paint, heaps of stones, surfaces covered with ash and dust. The artist has eliminated the measure of a man and the naturalness of material. The exposition reminds of plastic, nature has been replaced by hopelessness. When touching the pieces these will either fall into pieces or become totally broken. Trivial materials, deliberate errors, strong anonymity and shaky details contribute to the humorous atmosphere of the exhibition.

Ivar Kaasik was born on April 12, 1965 in Kuressaare. He studied in the department of architecture and later in the department of metal art of the Estonian Academy of Arts (former Estonian State Art Institute) in 1983-1992; in Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle in 1989-1990. Afterwards he worked various professions, for instance as a goldsmith in Germany in 1992-1999. Since 1999 Kaasik has been a freelance artist. He has participated in exhibitions since 1989. Kaasik is a member of Association of German Artists since 2001 and Estonian Artists’ Association since 2012. He is also a member of Estonian Metal Artists’ Union and Estonian Painters’ Union.

Ivar Kaasik has been awarded the Diamond International Award (1996) that is the most prestigeous awards for jewellery design. As a writer, Kaasik has expressed himself in his written work “Ettevaatust, kunst! Mida teha. Kuidas ja kui palju” (“Beware of art! What to do. How and how much”, published in 2011) where the author disregards pathos and traditional approaches in art and calls the genre of his book “minimum and maximum programme”.

Ivar Kaasik’s work is often incomprehensible; his pieces have been inspired by direct urge not to think and by the forced anonymous monologue, indirect hints and undubious possibilities of interpretation.   Exploiting of the subject of being a man is one of main themes in Kaasik’s work whereas the artist is not stuck in the surface of social orders and expectations of mass culture but delves directly into the universe of bodily needs. Kaasik’s appropriational irony together with the phenomenon of craft and incomprehensible technique have developed temporal atmosphere and a somewhat artificial world soothed into singularity in his work. His jewellery can be juxtaposed to the stories without a happy end.

Is there anything that has not been seen yet? Perhaps this will become a new challenge for the art of jewellery: to display something that won’t deserve displaying. Art and crafts – are these the two arbitrarily referred poles between which contemporary jewellery art oscillates while never reaching the agreement and thus attracting the viewer’s interest.   If disregarding the problems concerning the need for jewellery and the existence of a jewellery artist then which processes decide the status of jewellery in society? How are the processes related to the approaches and decisions made by people as social beings?

At this point, the emphasis is not on an impressive artisan skills of a goldsmith neither on a direct connection between the artist’s biography/psychology and his or her artwork. The thing only has to do with its own rationality.   The following questions – who decides the development of a piece of jewellery and how is it made, who solves the issues related to the production process – must be treated individually with every artist. This is a game with specific dynamics where the patterns of process are accompanied by an incomprehensible opposition. Not only elegance but also bodily intrusion.