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Kunstifestivali Linnast välja projektijuht, kunstnik ja galerist Hando Tamm.

Art Camp in Äksi "Arts of Survival" 01.07.2024- 07.07.2024

Application deadline: January 31st 2024

Project Art festival “Out of town” Art Camp in Äksi “Arts of Survival” is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

The international art camp for painters takes place in Äksi, Tartu municipality, mainly in the local art gallery Galerii No1 and its surroundings. Äksi is located in the Vooremaa landscape protection area, 20 km from Tartu, on the banks of the picturesque Saadjärv. Local views have inspired many well-known Estonian artists, including the legendary Konrad Mägi. In the early 20th century, the nearby Kukulinna manor was the famous summer base of art school Pallas artists and students. At the end of the art camp, each artist will complete 2-3 paintings inspired by the general theme of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 “Arts of survival”.


The artworks created  at Art Camp in Äksi “Arts of Survival” remain with the organizer and will be included in a collection to be presented in travelling exhibitions in following years. First exhibition will be installed in Gallery No1, which will be opened on 06.07.2024.


  • Application deadline: January 31st 2024
  • Decision: February 15th 2024 – (10 international artists and 5 local Estonian artists)
  • Event date: July 1st – 7th, 2024
  • Working language: English
  • Location: Galerii No1, Äksi, Tartu vald, Tartumaa, Estonia [Google Maps]
  • Entry Fee: No
  • Fee Detail: Participant must pay for her/his trip to Äksi, Estonia
  • Regarding arrivals by air, we recommend the airports at Tallinn (Estonia) or Riga (Latvia). There are buses connecting them to Tartu which run several times a day. Please check the timetable at Lux Express. Also train connections to Tartu. Timetabe at Elron.
  • Must be a painter.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be able to work in English.
  • Participating artists agree to place their fame and talent at the service of Tartu 2024 values and principles.
  • Participating artists pledge to honour the Art Camp in Äksi “Arts of Survival” dates.
  • Participating artists pledge to create 2 – 3  works.
  • The artworks created during the painting camp remain with the organizer.
  • Residency stay (Äksi Motorantšo, 2 people in the same room) [Google Maps]
  • Meals three times a day
  • Creative space for the participating artists –  Galerii No1
  • The materials are provided by the organisers: paints, canvasses, brushes, etc.
  • Release event at the beginning of July, 2024
  • Communication / PR within the context of the Tartu 2024 – European Capital of Culture program
  • Participating artists will be informed of any precautions they need to take in relation to developments in the health situation.