Open call for project assistant positions in Estonia, Lithuania and Iceland

The project assistant positions are an opportunity for students or recent graduates to gain 1 or 2 month long first-hand work experience and contribute to preparing and producing a major art event. This is a paid opportunity that promotes cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Borderland Poetics, a co-operation programme between CCA Estonia, Rupert (centre for arts, residencies and education in Lithuania) and Icelandic Art Center, is inviting emerging art professionals of the region to apply for the 2021 project assistant position. There are three different positions available, one in each institution: CCA and Tallinn Photomonth (Tallinn/Narva, Estonia), Sequences festival (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania).

The Programme offers a scholarship of €2400 and additionally covers return travel expenses for each participant. Accommodation agreements must be made by the participants themselves but the programme will partly cover these expenses depending on the price. The applicant must be willing to work 1 or 2 months in Tallinn, Reykjavik or Vilnius.

The assistant will work closely with an appointed supervisor, supporting them in various responsibilities related to exhibition and event production, management and communication. The training will take place during Autumn 2021.

Application process:

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2021 . 

Please send your application opencall@cca.ee and specify your preferred location of assisting (for more information about each institution, see below). A jury, consisting of representatives of the partners, will select three applicants, each of whom will work at one institution.

Documents to be submitted before the deadline (in English):

  • CV;
  • Motivation letter stating the preferred institution and outlining the applicant’s interests in the selected institution/event;
  • Recommendation letter. We encourage an academic reference or a letter from a previous colleague or superior stating the applicant’s skills and experiences within the field of contemporary art (optional).

Please note that we encourage applicants to choose an international project (e.g. Estonian-based applicants are advised to choose either the Sequences festival or Rupert’s public, alternative education and residency programme).

Requirements:

  • Higher education (at least BA level) in the field of arts;
  • Fluent English speaker;
  • Must be based in or from Estonia, Iceland or Lithuania;
  • Job experience in the visual arts will be regarded as an advantage.

Positions:

CCA Estonia and Tallinn Photomonth

Opening of VI Artishok biennial in 2018. Photo: Kent MĂ€rjamaa

Assistants choosing Estonia will have a possibility to work simultaneously with two different projects, hosted by Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) and Tallinn Photomonth. 

The first one, hosted by CCA is an exhibition taking place in Narva Museum Art Gallery, curated by Sten Ojavee (CCA). The exhibition includes 10 Estonian artists who are working with the topic of national identity in the medium of clothing or fashion design. It is a second version of an exhibition, originally produced in 2018 for the VI Artishok biennial in Tallinn. The show will open on September 21 and the assistant is expected to help with production, communication and other matters related to organizing the exhibition within a small team. Part of the work will take place in the border city Narva. CCA is a non-profit expert institution in international cooperation projects with a role to activate and develop Estonian contemporary art scene. CCA is the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Website: www.cca.ee/ee
Facebook: @ccaestonia
Instagram: @ccaestonia

The second project in Estonia would be working with the Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial team in organising a programme of artist films at Cinema SĂ”prus (September 26 and October 10) as well as the symposium of the biennial taking place at Narva Art Residency (NART) and Kai Art Center in Tallinn (October 15 and 16). The symposium is conducted in collaboration with TOK curators (St Petersburg). For both occasions the assistant is expected to communicate with the curators and participants, help with hosting international visitors and support the programming of the events. Tallinn Photomonth is an international biennial of contemporary art, which seeks to broaden its focus beyond the means of photography.

Website: www.fotokuu.ee/en
Facebook: @Fotokuu
Instagram: @tallinn_photomonth

RUPERT

Rupert is a privately initiated and publicly-funded centre for art, residencies and education. Its activities began in 2012 and in 2013, it moved into ‘Tech Arts’, a creative hub designed by architect Audrius Ambrasas. 

Rupert’s mission is to establish close cooperation between artists, thinkers, researchers and other cultural actors through transdisciplinary programmes and residencies. Rupert is committed to integrating with the social and cultural life of Vilnius and Lithuania, while also maintaining a strong international focus.

Rupert manifests this mission through three related programmes: the residency programme, the alternative education programme and the public programme. They are all dedicated to creating platforms for conversation, research and learning. Through these programmes, Rupert supports local and international thinkers in realising their projects and establishing their creative practice on an international scale. 

The project assistant will be invited to work with Rupert’s team for two months on implementing the three core programmes, contributing to the production of Rupert’s podcast (in collaboration with Palanga Street Radio) and  journal, as well as assisting in running the institution on a day-by-day basis.

Website: www.rupert.lt
Facebook: Rupert
Instagram: rupert_residency

The program is coordinated by partners of the Borderland Poetics Research Programme – the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Icelandic Art Centre, Rupert – centre for arts, residencies and education. The Borderland Poetics is a 3-year long network to promote cooperation between Estonian, Icelandic and Lithuanian art scenes. The title is a reference to an exhibition “Border Poetics”, curated by Estonian curator Eha Komissarov in 2018.

The programme is supported by the Nordic Culture Point.

Sequences real time art festival

From the exhibition a) in Kling & Bang at Sequences ix, 2019. Curators: Hildigunnur BirgisdĂłttir & IngĂłlfur Arnarsson. Photo: Margarita Ogolceva

Sequences real-time art festival is a ten-day biennial for contemporary art, in Reykjavík, Iceland. The biennial has roots dating back to 2006  when the first art festival was organised. Sequences’ subtitle, “real-time art festival”, is a reference to the festival’s original emphasis on real-time and time-based media. Today it is an important platform in Icelandic contemporary art. Sequences is run by Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum and the Icelandic Art Center.

Sequences real-time art festival is a ten-day biennial for contemporary art, in Reykjavík, Iceland. The biennial has roots dating back to 2006  when the first art festival was organised. Sequences’ subtitle, “real-time art festival”, is a reference to the festival’s original emphasis on real-time and time-based media. Today it is an important platform in Icelandic contemporary art. Sequences is run by Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum and the Icelandic Art Center.

The assistant is expected to work in ReykjavĂ­k from September until the end of October and take part in the production of the upcoming festival that takes place in ReykjavĂ­k, 15th-24th October. The assistant will work closely with an appointed supervisor, supporting them in various responsibilities related to exhibition and event production, management such as website management and updates, and communications.

Website: www.sequences.is
Facebook: @SequencesArtFestival
Instagram: @sequences_art_festival

Additional information:

Kaarin KivirÀhk
Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art
opencall@cca.ee