Kai Art Center. Photo: Kaarel Antonov (Tallinn Music Week 2020)

Kai Art Center’s core program, the Kai Residency, invites curators and writers from Nordic and Baltic states to apply for its 2021 residency program. The residency provides the opportunity for selected participants to live and work in Tallinn for two to four weeks while being immersed in the city’s dynamic art scene. With this call, Kai Residency will be accepting 2 Nordic or Baltic applicants who will be joining the Kai residency 2019-2020 group, who are set to complete their residency in 2021. The 2021 residency will take place between June and December 2021.


The Kai Residency aims to support innovative practices, develop global networks, and engage the local art community in Tallinn. Residents must commit to two to four weeks in full-time residence in Tallinn, be ready to participate in the local art context, and make the most of the resources that Kai Art Center will make available.


Residents will be invited to take full advantage of all activities taking place at Kai Art Center, including exhibition tours, talks, screenings, and seminars. Residents will also be expected to present one public program (a talk, screening, gathering, or other event) to introduce their work and research to local audiences.


Kai Art Center will cover all costs of the incoming residents including travel to and from Tallinn, local transport, accommodations, administrative support, and per diems. The resident will have a desk in the Kai shared office space and access to all the center’s facilities. Workspace will not be offered. With this in mind, Kai is interested in professionals with a research-based practice (namely curators, writers etc.)




Applicants should have a professional practice of at least five years. Collectives with a track record of collaboration will also be considered if they are willing to share living space. Applications are open to those residing in the Nordic states (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland) or the Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania), but it is not necessary for the applicants to have Nordic or Baltic nationality.


The applicants should be willing to comply with any COVID-19 related rules that the Republic of Estonia may impose as a prerequisite for entering the country.


To apply, please email residency@kai.center a single PDF no larger than 10MB containing the full application form, 10 work samples, press and publication texts, and one reference letter. All applications must be received no later than April 30, 2021 and applicants will be notified of the results by May 31, 2021.


Application form can be downloaded here. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar program when filling in the form and maintain the fillable PDF format.


Kai Residency is supported by Nordic Culture Point, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and the European Regional Development Fund.


More info:
Kadi-Ell Tähiste
Project Manager