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OPEN CALL. The Art of Being Good

Residency at Tallinn Art Hall


From September 4 to October 29, 2023 Tallinn Art Hall and Goethe-Institut Estland will host a residency in Tallinn for an artist living in Germany. This program offers accommodation in Tallinn for 8 weeks, as well as travel and a stipend. 


The aim of this residency program is to spur artistic research and discourse on the topics of ecological awareness, environmental sustainability and the ethics of making art. Although tackling the ecological, social and economic components of the crisis is normal in art, artworks and exhibitions rarely direct attention towards their own role in the ruinous sequence of events. We are therefore especially interested in artists whose work advocates awareness, innovation, or revolution towards a better relationship between our planet, humans and non-human beings. The residency complements Tallinn Art Hall’s ongoing exhibition series which pays special attention both to the possibility of being good and to ecological responsibility in conditions of certain destruction. Previous exhibitions in the series have been “The Art of Being Good” in 2019 and “Pine-fulness” in 2021. 


The resident artist is provided time and space to develop an independent project. The artist may conduct research or writing pertinent to their interests. During the residency, the artist is also invited to organize or participate in at least two public events at Tallinn Art Hall, e.g. a talk, presentation, workshop, walk etc. 


In November 2022 Tallinn Art Hall moved to a temporary location in the suburb of Lasnamäe where it will stay while its historical building in the city center is being renovated. Lasnamäe was mostly built in the 1970-1990s, its 5-16 storied panel housing estates are contrasted by vast wild areas. It is the most populated district in Tallinn, with most of the residents being Russian-speaking. The programming of the Art Hall during this time is a mixture of site-specific and previously ongoing projects. The potential artist in residence is invited but not obliged to take this location into consideration when planning their activities.

The residency programme offers the following features:

  • On-site accommodation and studio (studio-apartment)
  • Travel expenses from and to Germany (slow travel with rail and bus)
  • Scholarship allowance of 300 Euros per week (incl. taxes)
  • Costs of materials with a maximum amount of 350 Euros (incl. VAT)
  • Networking opportunities, including studio visits and meetings with professionals
  • Opportunity to present an artistic project created in the context of the residency


Applications will be reviewed by a jury according to the quality of the proposal and the suitability of candidates.


The jury members are: 

Siim Preiman, curator at Tallinn Art Hall

Eva Schmitt, Acting Head of the Visual Arts Department at the Goethe-Institut

Clara Herrmann, Head of Junge Akademie

Triin Metsla, Lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts

Jan Lütjohann, artist and participant in the exhibition “Pine-fulness” 

Deadline for submissions: March 5, 2023. Only the successful finalists will be contacted at the end of April 2023.


The applicants must mainly work and live in Germany. Applications from Estonian nationals can unfortunately not be considered. Please provide an application in English as a single word or pdf document (no multiple documents) with: 

  • Cover letter including specific project idea for the residency linked to the topics mentioned above and contact details (one page)
  • CV (two pages)
  • Summary of previous projects (three pages, images included)

Optionally you can include:

  • Reference letter
  • Writing sample (in case your artistic work includes forms of text)


Please send your pdf-file by email to (subject line: Artist in Residence).


Queries may be directed to the same email address. Please note any travel restrictions due to Covid-19 when submitting your application.


The Tallinn Art Hall Foundation is a contemporary art institution established in 1934 with an exhibition program in three galleries on the central square of Tallinn – the Tallinn Art Hall, the Art Hall Gallery, and the nearby City Gallery. Tallinn Art Hall addresses the most pressing issues in contemporary art and society, provides a fascinating program for contemporary audiences, and helps artists create new exhibitions and works. We are part of the larger international contemporary art scene and mediate an active exchange of ideas between local and international art scenes and audiences. In addition, we also organise exhibitions abroad. When putting together our program we value being contemporary, international, well-curated, and engaging different generations.


The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.