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The Tallinn Town Hall by Ilya Orehov on Unsplash

The Hamilton Arts Council's European Artist Exchange Residency provides a mid-career level visual artist from Hamilton, Ontario, the opportunity to create new works in the inspiring artist studio provided by the Estonian Artists Association in Tallinn, Estonia over a four week period in September/October 2021. 



The residency provides an opportunity for professional and artistic development through access to facilities to create new work; access to local artists through the Estonian Artists Association; and includes the opportunity to give two speaking engagements in Tallinn and at Tartu University.

The residency will provide a $500.00 CDN ($350 Euro) per week stipend, accommodation in a live/work studio, travel to and from Tallinn, Estonia from Hamilton, Ontario, and a production allowance for material costs between $300-$500 CDN dollars.

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View from the art studio by Ty Tekatch, 2019 recipient

The Studio is situated on the top floor of Tallinn Art Hall, built in 1934. The building is a major centre of Estonian art life and is located close to the old town of Tallinn, Europe’s best-preserved medieval city.  In addition to the Tallinn Art Hall, the building contains several artists’ studios, the office of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Arts, an art supply shop, art galleries, etc.  In the basement, there is the KuKu Club and on the first floor KuKu Café, both popular meeting places for local artists.

The studio, containing working space and accommodation on two levels, is about 50 m2, (538 sq. ft.) and has a bathroom, shower, WC and sink.

The vision of this residency program is to build and strengthen cultural connections between Europe and Canada by providing an opportunity for Hamilton artists to work in Europe and meet local artists in the vibrant Estonian arts scene. The program is a partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council, the Estonian Artists Association and is funded through the generous support of The Cotton Factory.

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To be eligible for consideration, applicants must: 

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in the Hamilton region

  • Demonstrate a strong personal and artistic connection to the Hamilton region

  • Demonstrate commitment to the career of a professional visual artist by having practised professionally in their field for a minimum of eight years, produced an independent body of work, and held at least two public exhibitions in a professional context

  • Be willing to give at least two (2) artists talks on their art, career and influences 

  • Become a member of the Hamilton Arts Council (it's Free!)

  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to comply with travel regulations **

** Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping an eye on travel restrictions between Canada and Estonia. With vaccination levels rising, we are optimistic that travel will be smooth sailing in September/October 2021. 


What to include in your application:​

  1. Artist statement: Describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger context, including your connections to the Hamilton region.

  2. Portfolio: Submit five samples of your artistic work. Please include a description of work, title, date created, mediums, and size. Minimum of 72 dpi.

  3. CV: Please outline your education and related experience.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only the successful applicant will be notified. 

Submit your application using our online form


send your application in an email to

*Please include "European Artist Exchange" in the subject line of your email.



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Tyler Tekatch Tyler Tekatch is Hamilton-born Canadian artist whose work explores the nature of dreams, perception and the religious imagination. Tekatch studied filmmaking at Ryerson and York University and began producing and exhibiting 16mm films in the context of Canadian avant-garde cinema. He has extended his practice to include collage, photography, digital cinema and interactive installation. He is inspired by the desire to explore the mysterious, hidden and uncanny dimensions contained within the quotidian. His work is driven by the conviction that the creative nature of perception and dreams reveal everyday existence to be deeply unknowable. Tekatch’s work has been screened nationally at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the National Film Board, the WNDX Festival and internationally at festivals in Seoul and London. He is a member of the Toronto based Loop Collective.

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Kai Kaljo was born to a family of artists (both her parents were engravers), and she studied at a school specializing in music, after which she worked for several years (1979-1983) as a decorator at one of Tallinn’s main theatres. She then studied painting from 1983 to 1990 at the Institute of Fine Arts in Tallinn, where she began to teach in 1990. She currently teaches contemporary art at Tallinn University. After starting out her career with installations, stained-glass windows, murals, and graffiti, she made her first video, Luuser [“Loser”] in 1997 for the Funny Versus Bizarre exhibition in Vilnius. It features the artist in close-up, speaking in a low voice for a little under one and a half minutes about objective facts about her life as an Estonian artist, which are met with laughter similar to American TV comedy canned laughter. A dark and bitter encapsulation of the Eastern European identity and of an artist’s situation in contemporary society, the film gained considerable international acclaim and launched Kaljo’s career as a video artist.



Tor Lukasik Foss is a native Hamiltonian artist whose creative practise spans over two decades and encompasses visual art, performance, and creative writing. In the last decade, his practice has investigated social anxiety particularly as it relates to public and private space. Lukasik Foss has used storytelling and songwriting as both intimate and public actions, particularly stories and songs that stem from myth, folklore, and religion. His multidisciplinary practise investigates the eccentricities of the public sphere, everything from municipal signage to the concert stage. He exhibits work both individually and as part of TH&B, an artist collective of which he is a founding member (along with Ivan Jurakic, Simon Frank, and Dave Hind). Lukasik-­‐‑Foss performs under the pseudonym ‘Tiny Bill Cody’ and has released four Cd’s of original songwriting over the last two decades, He writes regularly for “Hamilton Magazine”, is a founding member of the Hamilton Seven, a storytelling collective seen most notably at the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival. He has also been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) multiple Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Visual Arts Grants and a 2014 Canada Council Project Grant. He lives with his family in central Hamilton and works as the Program Director for the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Peeter Laurits is an extremely gifted multi-media artist.  His main means of expression are photography and digital manipulations.  Early in his career, Peeter began to critically examine mass media and commercialism following Estonia’s emergence from the Soviet dictatorship.  Soon afterwards, he began to explore the ecology of human life as just one of many equal components in the global ecosystem.  Peeter moved his practice to the forest where he combines the values of a natural and sustainable existence with state-of-the-art technology.  This is reflected in both his lifestyle and his work. Peeter’s current focus examines a world where humans are not at the centre of existence but instead are part of a larger community of conscious creatures. His work has been exhibited in many public and private collections and several of his large-scale pieces have been installed in public spaces. With the re-establishment of Independence in 1991, the Baltics escaped the old Soviet restrictions. With this new freedom of expression, came a political and social upheaval that has allowed the arts to flourish.  Estonia’s thriving arts scene has resulted in a blossoming of museums, galleries and arts hubs to showcase the resulting cultural outpouring.  Peeter Laurits will give a series of artist talks across Ontario about his career as well as the vibrant Estonian art scene. 


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Marko Mäetamm is an Estonian multimedia artist, working within the mediums of videodrawing and the internetMäetamm began studying graphic art at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1988 and received his M.A. from the academy in 1996. Mäetamm also studied practicing print technologies at the Swedish Royal Art High School. His professional art career spanning over two decades, Mäetamm emerged as one of the most prominent artists in Estonia upon graduating from Estonian Art Academy. Marko Mäetamm has exhibited internationally since the 1990s and represented Estonia at the 52nd Venice Bienniale in 2007 and in 2003 as a part of artists duo John Smith (with Kaido Ole). Throughout his practice, the artist’s primary focus has been on family life, which he has explored though videos and paintings. Treating the family as a microcosm of a wider socio-political and economic models, Mäetamm collects petty every-day situations, presenting them filtered through a prism of his unmistakable dark humour. Partly inspired by his own private life, Mäetamm’s work explores the grey area where ambiguous feelings of being in control and being controlled merge.