The residency will allow artists to use the unique resources of TYPA’s print museum and paper art studio paired with the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of Tartu. The city of Tartu, UNESCO’s Creative Cities of Literature 2019, and The European Capital of Culture 2024 will provide residents with the time and space for new projects. The residency seeks to promote an environment of reflection, community and play within an inspiring environment that supports innovative art practices.
They have redeveloped their residency program to integrate it fully into the facilities and operation of the print museum and paper art studio. They are looking for artists to bring fresh perspectives and ways of working with print and paper. They are looking for printmakers, but also those new to print –new media, sculpture, audio-artists, painters and other artistic practices encouraged to apply. The residency offers an introduction into letterpress printing, a wide range of printmaking practices (etching, relief, screenprinting and more), dark-room photography, bookbinding and the support for the artist to develop their own projects. The organisers are particularly excited to receive applications for projects in experimental print, book arts, community collaborations and more.
Artists can stay for a period of one to three months and are accepted based on their project proposal and work examples. Depending on each artist’s wishes, there are possibilities to have a solo exhibition / open workshop.
Artists will be accommodated in private apartments located in the lively heart of Tartu, just a stone’s throw away from the main square, right next to the historical St. John’s Church. Most shops are within 5 minutes walking distance. The apartments are fully furnished with equipped kitchenette, bathroom with toilet and shower, living room with a sofa and desk and a bedroom. Wi-Fi is also available in the apartments and there is access to a washing machine and vacuum cleaner. Tartu Artist in Residence has 2 artist’s apartments available.
Artists will have full access to a large, shared studio space, with a large table space, exposure unit, etching press, relief press, sink, and use of shared equipment and inks. Artists are free to use the museum equipment, bearing in mind that the museum is open for visitors from Wednesday to Sunday and occasionally machinery is required in certain museum demonstrations or workshops.
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, following Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn. Tartu is often considered the intellectual centre of the country, especially since it is home to the nation's oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu. It is therefor also called 'The city of good thoughts'.