About

Welcome to Tartu AiR!

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TARTU Artist in Residence is a project realized through the collaboration of the Tartu City Council and the local creative community. By providing accommodation, working premises and exhibition spaces for artists, the programme aims at supporting intercultural contacts, openness, creativity, as well as further establishing Tartu as the City of Good Thoughts.

Talented people are welcome to take part in our AiR programme which is open to all creative disciplines. We are launching an Open Call once a year, usually at the end of August. For more information on applying, take a look here.

Our mission:

TAiR is a cross-organisational cooperation programme that develops the cultural life and internationalization of Tartu city and its cultural organisations in both traditional and creative ways, guided by the development programme of the city.

Our values:

– Creativeness and Innovativeness: The programme is open for new ideas, ways of thinking and working, and adapting to changing circumstances. It actively seeks for creative and innovative thoughts that can result as new type of art work and/or cooperation.

– Multiculturalism and Internationalisation: TAiR is international from the beginning. It appreciates the new viewpoints that come along with cultural exchange. Different backgrounds, people and cultures develop tolerance and refresh the view of the world. Although the main and primary focus of the AiR programme is international, we consider possible to allow Estonian artists to participate as well: professionalism and skills were seen more important than the nationality.

– Synergy and Cooperativeness: Working together instead of separately is essential for the programme and releases resources from each organisation. Cooperation deepens the relations between the organisations and the artists, and creates added value for everyone to benefit from.

– Knowledge and Experiences: TAiR prises sharing knowledge and experiences, and aims at increasing them for all sides, on a personal but also on an organisational level. Different backgrounds, people and cultures develop tolerance and refresh view of the world.