7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial

Works by (from left): Johanna Dahm, Krista Leesi, Tanel Veenre, Ellen Grieg, Trine Hovden, and Aet Ollisaar
Report from the exhibition
Works by (from left): Hanne Øverland & Johanne Lund Ness, Ellen Grieg, Aet Ollisaar
Hedvig Winge

On 21 April 2017, the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial opened in Tallinn, Estonia. The organisers of the main exhibition Ajavahe. Time Difference invited artists to reflect on the concept of time, the various meanings and subjective perceptions of time. The exhibitors were selected from an open call. The jury consisted of the artist and educator Sarah Gilbert from USA; the philosopher, critic and lecturer Eik Hermann from Estonia; the gallerist, writer, translator and lecturer Keiu Krikmann from Estonia; the jewellery artist, programme manager of fine arts at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and lecturer Eija Mustonen from Finland; and the art critic and editor André Gali from Norwegian Crafts.

Commenting on the decision-making process, the chairman of the jury, André Gali said:

“Obviously we paid attention to qualities such as good concepts relating to the theme of ‘time difference’, an innovative use of materials and exciting shapes and colours, but also to how the works would relate to each other as a whole. We looked for diversity in scale, in material, in artistic approach and attitude, and we looked for works that can evoke interesting conversations between themselves and with the viewer.”

Works by: Octave Vandeweghe and Nanna Melland
The jury consisted of Eik Hermann, Keiu Krikmann, Eija Mustonen, André Gali and Sarah Gilbert

Ajavahe.Time Difference features works by selected artists from the Nordic countries, Central Europe, the Baltic countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Israel, but also China, Taiwan, the USA and Canada: 

Naama Agassi, Ulla Ahola, Monika Auch, Beverly Ayling-Smith, Sofia Björkman, Chloe Brenan, Lin Chang-Rong, Eunmi Chun, Sara Chyan, Johanna Dahm, Hilde A Danielsen, Patricia Domingues, Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė, Sabin Garea, Ellen Grieg, Adam Grinovich, Dainis Gudovskis, Kay Guo, Anita Hanch-Hansen, Maarit Helistvee, Nils Hint, Trine Hovden, Katrin Kabun, Pille Kaleviste, Joshua Kosker, Eero Kotli, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Thérèse Lebrun, Krista Leesi, Felieke van der Leest, Jaakko Leeve, Ivo Lill, Nanna Melland, Johanne Ness and Hanne Overland, Silja Saarepuu and Villu Plink, Debra Sloan, Céline Sylvestre, Aet Ollisaar, OTSE! and A5 (Nils Hint, Annika Kedelauk, Rainer Kaasik-Aaslav, Annika Pettersson and Adam Grinovich), Yuka Oyama, Ruudt Peters, Annelies Planteijdt, Edu Tarin (koostöös Klein & Becker GmbH & Co.), Octave Vandeweghe, Tanel Veenre, Estela Saez Vilanova, Lin Wang, Hedvig Winge, and Kiyoshi Yamamoto.

Octave Vandeweghe: Cultured Manners
Silja Saarepuu and Villu Plink: Vaip
Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė: It’s Only a Question of Time

The seminar Modes of Mediating Applied Art and Design was held on 21 April, prior to the exhibition’s opening, and featured lectures by André Gali from Norwegian Crafts; Sarah Gilbert, a glass artist and educator from the USA; Karin Paulus, an Estonian critic and journalist; Liz Farrelly, a critic, editor, curator and educator from the United Kingdom; and Hanna Kapanen, a curator of educational programmes from Finland. The lecturers discussed various ways of mediating applied art and design. Gali showed examples from Norwegian Crafts’ work on articles, seminars and books. 

The Grand Prize of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial was awarded to Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe, for his series of objects Cultured Manners. The 2nd Prize went to Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu from Estonia, and the 3rd prize to Lithuanian artist Jurgita Erminaité-Šimkuvienéle.

All three prize winners clearly present the leading idea of the main exhibition, ‘time difference’. They all showcase engagement with the past, present and future, and their works also make geological time visible. The jury appreciates the quality of the craft and the merging of ideas, materials and a humorous approach.


Ajavahe. Time Difference is on show during 21 April–23 July 2017 at the Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Tallinn, Estonia.

Panel discussion
Seminar lecture