7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial 2017


Time Difference

The main exhibition of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is open! The concept and theme for the exhibition is “Ajavahe. Time Difference”. The 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial, taking place from 21 April 2017 to 23 July 2017, invited individuals and groups from all fields of applied art and design to take part in the open call for the main exhibition. We welcomed works in both digital and physical form that deal with topics relating to time, tempo, different notions of time, and approaches to time.


Participating artists



For artists selected by the jury
DEADLINE: 1 March 2017


If you have questions or problems,
please e-mail: maret [ätt] trtr.ee


  • Deadline
  • Address
  • Exhibiting the works
  • Work
  • Transportation of the works
  • The use of photographs

The deadline for sending works is 1 March 2017.


The address for sending the works is:

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Lai 17, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia

key phrase “7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial 2017”.

When sending the works by courier, please add the name of the contact person, Maret Sarapu and phone number +372 554 7873, e-mail maret [att] trtr.ee.

Exhibiting the works

Additional information about exhibiting the works, explications and insurance costs for the works should be sent with the works either as printouts or as an e-mail to maret [att] trtr.ee.

A professional exhibition architect and the triennial society will arrange the exhibition of the works. Security staff and video surveillance guard the exhibition halls. If under these conditions there is any damage to the works, the triennial society will take responsibility for this and will compensate the artist for the damage in the amount of the insurance sum the artist has submitted when sending the work. The triennial society does not make any additional insurance contracts. The artist him- or herself has the right to insure the works and cover the insurance expenses.


The work or series of works sent to the exhibition must be identical to the work or series of works selected by the jury.

Transportation of the works

The transportation of the works to Tallinn and the cost of transportation insurance must be covered by the participant.

The works must be sent in a secure and protective package. The same package must be re-usable to send the work back to the artist. If these conditions are not fulfilled, the organisers of the triennial reserve the right to charge the artist for the costs of the new packaging material.

Sending the works back is at the expense of the organisers. The works will be sent back to the artist at the latest by 31 August 2017.

The use of photographs

The artist will allow the organisers to use his or her photographs in the exhibition catalogue, triennial’s website and social media channel and in the media for the purpose of marketing the exhibition.


The works for the exhibition were selected by an international five-member jury.

01. The selection of the works

The selection of the works was anonymous and the decision was finalised at the end of October 2016 based on submitted digital images and information. The applicants were notified about the jury’s decision on 21 November 2016.

02. Prizes

The jury awarded prizes to selected works before the exhibition opened.

03. Decision

The decision of the jury is final and cannot be contested.


A Grand Prix, II and III prizes were awarded at the triennial



Main exhibition

The main exhibition will take place from 21 April 2017 to 23 July 2017 at the Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Tallinn, Estonia.

Seminar and artist talks

A seminar entitled “Modes of mediating applied art and design” took place on 21 April 2017 in Tallinn. The participating artists gave talks on 22 April 2017.


The triennial is accompanied by a catalogue, one copy of which will be sent to all artists taking part of the open call.


The triennial is organised by the NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. Members of the organising team are Merle Kasonen, Anu Almik, Katre Ratassepp, Keiu Krikmann, Linda al-Assi, Kertu Tuberg, Maarja Niinemägi, Ketli Tiitsar, Kristiina Nurk, Kateriin Rikken, Maret Sarapu, Kadi Pajupuu, Triin Jerlei.