February 22, 2022

MA in Contemporary Art

Estonian Academy of Arts

Installation view of Wet Hearts of Everyday Thoughts, collaborative project with EKA's Curatorial Studies, curated by Brigit Arop, installation by Heli Haav. Photo: Joosep Kivimäe.

Opening of Wet Hearts of Everyday Thoughts, collaborative project with EKA's Curatorial Studies, curated by Brigit Arop. Photo: Joosep Kivimäe. 

Copper Fever by Katrin Enni, installation view from TASE 21, Estonian Academy of Arts. Photo: Holger Loodus.

Speculative Synthetics by Roman-Sten Tõnissoo, installation view from TASE 21, Estonian Academy of Arts. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Violet, show me how tender you can be by Denisa Štefanigová, installation view from TASE 21, Estonian Academy of Arts. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Estonian Academy of Arts. Photo: Tõnu Tunnel.

The Master of Contemporary Art (MACA) program at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is accepting applications until March 1, 2022.

MACA is a two-year international program for emerging contemporary artists of different backgrounds intended to guide them during the development of their artistic position. The main focus is on the individual studio practice, which is supported by masterclasses and courses introducing a range of artistic methods as well as platforms for research and critical reflection. In addition to intensive work in the studios, exhibiting in Estonia and abroad, and working in close collaboration with peers and tutors, students are encouraged to make use of the different facilities at EKA: professional photography and sound studios, workshops for wood- and metalworking, 3D modelling, textile, glass, ceramics, printmaking and many more.

The MACA program is meant for artists who already have an active career and—while diving deeper into their fields of interest – wish to engage in collaboration, critical exchange and local context. Tallinn has a vibrant contemporary art scene with a number of artist-run initiatives, art institutions, exhibition venues, and bookshops, including Vent Space that the students co-run with peers from EKA's Curatorial Studies, and Uus Rada, an artist-run space initiated by the MACA students. These spaces offer an opportunity to connect with the local art scene, providing an audience and supporting collaboration between colleagues and disciplines.

Academic staff and guests
The program is coordinated by Anu Vahtra, tutors include Marge Monko, Liina Siib, Taavi Talve, John Grzinich, Jaan Toomik, Kristaps Ancans, Taavi Piibeman, Merike Estna, Kristi Kongi, Laura Kuusk, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Eve Kask, Maria Erikson. Past visiting artists and guest speakers include Bita Razavi, Mare Tralla, Roberta Lima, Post Brothers, Lieven Lahaye, Camille Laurelli, DOM Gallery, Corina Apostol, Margit Säde, Tamiko O'Brien and Mark Dunhill, Nicolas Bourriaud.

How to apply
Apply by March 1. Admission requirements are available here. For more information contact admissions [​at​]

About Estonian Academy of Arts
Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation. In 2018, EKA moved to its new premises in the Kalamaja district in Tallinn, Estonia.

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