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The Opening of the Exhibition by Lena Revenko and Irena Aizen on July 31st

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On Tuesday, 31st July 2018 at 4pm the exhibition by Lena Revenko and Irena Aizen (Israel) opens at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The exhibition is open until August 31st.

Illustration: Lena Revenko “The fox is carrying me past the darkest wood”.

Further information: Viive Noor, curator, viivenoor@gmail.com, 634 0080, 5557 9930

Exhibition of Estonian Illustration „Once Upon a Time…“ in Szczecin 

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From the 6th of July until the 5th of August 2018, the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle in Szczecin, Poland presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time…”. It is an extraordinary exhibition introducing Estonian illustration that travelled around Italy for two years. The illustrations thematise internationally known fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.

In the exhibition, 20 Estonian artists participate with 59 works: Sveta Aleksejeva, Anu Kalm, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Juss Piho, Anne Pikkov, Ulla Saar, Kertu Sillaste, Catherine Zarip, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Maarja Vannas-Raid and Urmas Viik.

The exhibition is accompanied by educational programmes for children and workshops for families.

Organised in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw.

“Running with Wolves”: a new Werewolf Art Exhibition

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Starting June 5, 2018, “Running with Wolves” – an international illustration- and doll exhibition from St. Petersburg – will be exhibited at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, and will remain open until June 13, 2018.

Every year, the international exhibition “Doll Time” – an event of remarkable proportions – is held in the spacious halls of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists. The 21st of these was on display in Russia’s cultural capital until just recently: May 23rd. Over the last few years, the ArtBalkon balcony in the grand exhibition hall has been reserved for the internationally-renowned doll exhibition curator Tatyana Mokhryakova, who uses it to exhibit her top-tier projects. This year, however, the balcony exhibition transformed into an entirely independent project that involves the cream of the crop of doll artists (and also illustrators) from six different countries. Naturally, Estonia was likewise involved.

Since inspiration for the project came from the “Running with Wolves” illustration exhibition of Baltic states artists – one which included the works of several Estonian illustrators – the two projects became tied closely, and the same name was used for the St. Petersburg exhibition.

The Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s Stairway Gallery and attic display cupboards could not fit all the works that were open to the public in St. Petersburg, so only a selection of the pictures and dolls are featured. The current exhibition is an extention of the werewolf pieces already on display in the Centre: it appears that the subject of werewolves (and wolves in general) is a highly popular one among artists, regardless of state borders.

The illustrations of six different artists are hung in the Centre’s Staircase Gallery: works by Sveta Aleksejeva (Estonia), Appias Albina (Lithuania), Ilvita Didrihsone (Latvia), Anna Silivonchik (Belarus), Yelena Bryzgalova and Olga Filippova (Russia).

Works by eighteen doll artists are on display in the Centre’s Fairy Tale Attic: Anna Davidenko and Jüri Mildeberg (Estonia), Nadezhda Kravchenko (Kazakhstan), Ksenya Shinkovskaya (Lithuania), Krista Kipure (Latvia), Tatyana Gomza (Belarus), Natalya Beltyukova, Olga Gerr, Marina Glebova, Maya Khokhlova, Irina Yablochkina, Natalya Krutova, Ika Kulyukina, Andrei Nikitinskikh, Natasha Pobedina, Tatyana Serykh, and Maria and Svetlana Zabrodskaya (Russia).

Additionally, the Centre’s Fairy Tale Attic currently houses the doll and graphic arts exhibition “The Spirits Who Surround Us” by the renowned Austrian-Russian doll artist Tatyana Gurina.

Glenda Sburelin’s Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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Until July 13, 2018, visitors to the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s Illustration Gallery are able to enjoy the works of Glenda Sburelin: one of Italy’s most renowned book artists, who also happens to be one of the world’s best illustrators.

Sburelin (1972) rose to fame not only because she has illustrated close to 40 books published in several different countries and has had works displayed in the most prominent international illustration exhibitions, but also due to the fact that she persistently ties the art of illustration to other art forms, thereby expanding its borders. Having studied photography and graphic art, Sburelin often blends photos and various graphic techniques into her illustrations. She works with a wide range of materials and tools ranging from coloured pencils to collage. Sburelin’s style is truly “mixed media”, in which all possibilities the artist can fathom are implemented. A perpetual experimenter and seeker of new opportunities, she always finds a way to surprise the viewer.

Only a cross-section of Sburelin’s works is displayed in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The selection is furthermore taken solely from her illustrations, while all her fragile works (ceramics and other pieces) have been omitted for the sake of space and coherency. The artist’s photography and other hard-to-define creative experiments have also been left out on this occasion. Even so, the exhibition is a definite must-see for all book- and illustration enthusiasts.

Exhibition of Estonian Illustration „Once Upon a Time…“ in Białystok

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From the 13th of May 2018, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok, Poland presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time…”. It is an extraordinary exhibition introducing Estonian illustration that travelled around Italy for two years. The illustrations thematise internationally known fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.

In the exhibition, 20 Estonian artists participate with 59 works: Sveta Aleksejeva, Anu Kalm, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Juss Piho, Anne Pikkov, Ulla Saar, Kertu Sillaste, Catherine Zarip, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Maarja Vannas-Raid and Urmas Viik.

The exhibition is organised by the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw and the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Białystok.

See also: Dawno, dawno Temu…

The Literary Festival HeadRead from 24th to 26th May

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During the HeadRead Literary Festival, meetings with children‘s literature authors, as well as a book fair, will take place in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre.

Thursday, 24th May

10am Children’s writer Kätlin Vainola and illustrator Ulla Saar talk about their children’s books and collaboration in the fairy tale attic. The meeting will be held in Estonian.
10am Anti Saar in the illustration gallery. In Estonian.
12pm Reeli Reinaus. In Estonian.
2pm Mika Keränen. In Estonian.
4pm Scottish children’s author and storyteller Janis MacKay. The meeting will be held in English.

Friday, 25th May

10am Finnish children’s author Timo Parvela will meet young readers in the fairy tale attic. The meeting will be translated from Finnish into Estonian by Piret Kärm.
10am Swedish children’s author Åsa Lind in the illustration gallery. The meeting will be translated from Swedish into Estonian by Kaja Sakk.
12pm Timo Parvela in the illustration gallery. Translated from Finnish into Estonian by Piret Kärm.

Saturday, 26th May

12pm – Book fair in the courtyard of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. Everyone can bring along children’ books for exchange! Children can meet the mascot of the Centre, Nukitsamees (Bumpy) and participate in various activities. There is also a café!

Welcome to the Literary Festival HeadRead!

See also: The Literary Festival HeadRead

“Wolf Run” Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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On Friday, 4th May 2018 the exhibition ”Wolf Run“ opens at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The exhibition is open until 1st June. 43 illustrators participate in it, both old classics and new artists.

Illustrators from Estonia: Made Balbat, Katrin Ehrlich, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Giulia Landonio, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Jüri Mildeberg, Lucija Mrzljak, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Marja-Liisa Plats, Priit Rea, Ulla Saar, Jonas Taul, Urmas Viik.

From Latvia: Elīna Brasliņa, Rūta Briede, Roberts Koļcovs, Gunārs Krollis, Gundega Muzikante, Aleksejs Naumovs, Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja, Anita Paegle, Juris Petraškevičs, Reinis Pētersons, Anda Strautniece, Gita Treice, Anna Vaivare.

From Lithuania: Ieva Babilaitė, Inga Dagilė, Lina Dūdaitė, Lina Itagaki, Rasa Joni, Dalia Karpavičiūtė, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Aušra Kiudulaitė, Akvilė Magicdust, Martynas Pavilonis, Rimantas Rolia, Elena Selena, Karolis Strautniekas, Lina Žutautė, Kotryna Zylė.

Curator Viive Noor, ”Werewolf is one of the main topics in the European cultural area and it is also a beloved theme by the illustrators from the Baltic countries. It is an honour to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage at our centre with the exhibition. The exhibition was furthermore presented at the London Book Fair in April where Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were the market focus countries. The exhibition offers an extraordinary insight into Estonian illustration art since the best artists´ works are presented.“

Marju Kõivupuu, ”Although there have been many folkloric were-creatures through the ages, the king or the queen of them has definitely been a were-wolf. Portraying a person changing into a dangerous predator was especially loved in the Middle Ages. Today, the wolf as a smart predator has become a symbol of independence and bravery. Interesting in this sense is Clarissa Pinkola Estés book ”Women Who Run With the Wolves“ where the author sees similarities between women and wolves in folklore. In her opinion, they have a lot in common, such as endurance and strength,  patience, playfulness, curiosity, courage, thoughtfulness and vitality.

Further information: Viive Noor, curator, viivenoor@gmail.com, 634 0080, 5557 9930

Estonian Children’s Literature at the London Book Fair

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The 2018 London Book Fair will be held from April 10–12, and for the first time ever, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will be market focus countries. Estonian children’s literature will be represented at the LBF with a larger space than usual at stand 5F129. Several children’s-literature-themed seminars will be held during the fair.

Pushing the Limits of Graphic Stories: Spotlight on the Pop Up Creators Project
Bhavit Mehta (UK), Sanita Muižniece (LV), Simon Jurčiukonytė (LT), Anne Pikkov (EE), William Grill (UK), Lina Dūdaitė (LT), Oskars Pavlovskis (LV), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 10 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Picture Books Like No Other. The Unique Vision of Piret Raud
Piret Raud (EE), Roger Thorp (UK)
April 10 at 5:30 pm, Cross-Cultural Hub

Finding New Voices: Children’s Literature from the Baltics
Pam Dix (UK), Luize Pastore (LV), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė (LT), Roger Thorp (UK), Penny Thomas (UK), Emma Wright (UK), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 11 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Promoting Reading – Experience and Ideas from the Baltic
Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė (LT), Silvija Tretjakova (LV), Triin Soone (EE), Daniel Khan (UK)
April 11 at 11:30 am, Children’s Hub

Estonian illustration can be seen in both London and Oxford during the LBF. The exhibition “Running With Wolves” shows Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian illustrations in the LBF exhibition area. The large international exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time”, curated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the Estonian Publishers’ Association, will be on display at the Oxford Story Museum until July 7, and the “POP UP Creators” exhibition will be displayed at the Royal Over-Seas League Gallery until May 20.

Additionally, for the first time ever, three Estonian nominees are on the shortlist for the LBF’s International Excellence Awards: Helena Koch from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre for the Rights Professional Award, publishing house Päike ja Pilv for the Market Focus Baltics Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award, and publishing house Avita for the Market Focus Baltics Education Publisher Award. The winners will be announced at 6 PM on April 10 at the fair.

The London Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in Europe and is held at the historic Olympia Hall in Kensington. Close to 25,000 visitors will be in attendance to peruse 1,300 exhibits. The Estonian representation is organised by the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Estonian Literature Centre, and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre with assistance from Estonia 100, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, and the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in London.

See also: estlit.ee

“It’s Always Tea-Time” Illustration Exhibition to Open in Oxford on 30 March

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On March 30, 2018, the large international illustration exhibition “It’s Always Teatime” will open in Oxford, England. The exhibition, curated by Viive Noor, includes 72 artists from 19 countries and will be accompanied by an Estonian cultural programme.

Over 150 years have passed since the publishing of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate the occasion, Noor invited her artist-friends from around the world to have teatime with Alice. Thus, an international illustration exhibition was born, and will begin its journey from the Oxford Story Museum, where it will be displayed until July 7.

“Most of the artists taking part in the exhibition are the world’s cream of the crop of illustrators. All the works are original pieces, and were made specially for the exhibition,” Noor commented. Since the autumn of 2015, the exhibition has been displayed in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Poland, and Hungary. From the UK, it will head onward to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In addition to illustrations, visitors to Oxford will be able to see a doll collection based on the same theme, which was curated by Tatyana Mokhryakova and includes pieces by several top artists from around the world. The Estonian ceramist Karin Kalman’s contribution was a china set for the bizarre tea drinkers. During May and June, the Estonian musician Silver Sepp, storyteller Piret Päär, and illustrator Kertu Sillaste will tell Estonian stories as part of an accompanying cultural programme. International Alice’s Day will take place in early July, and to mark the occasion, the Estonian curator and artist Viive Noor and Latvian illustrator Gundega Muzikante will erect an installation titled “Jõgi / River” in the city of Oxford.

The Story Museum is a private museum and activity centre where stories are discovered, collected, and told in all kinds of ways, including through exhibitions, performances, educational programmes, and other events. The museum also organises the annual International Alice’s Day every July.

Schedule:

March 30 – July 7: “It’s Always Teatime” international illustration exhibition open

May 31 – June 1: “It’s Always Time for a Good Story” events featuring Silver Sepp, Piret Päär, and Kertu Sillaste

July 5–8: “Jõgi / River” installation by Viive Noor and Gundega Muzikante

The “It’s Always Teatime” Oxford exhibition is organised by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre with support from the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in London, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

“Sea Fairy Tales” Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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The “Sea Fairy Tales” exhibition will be open at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre from March 20 through April 28. A total of 90 sea-themed illustrations by 78 artists from Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Russia20) will be displayed.

Estonian illustrators on display will include Sveta Aleksejeva, Anneliis Aunapuu, Mare Hunt, Kadri Ilves, Anu Kalm, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Hillar Mets, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Viive Noor, Enno Ootsing, Ede Peebo, Juss Piho, Piret Raud, Priit Rea, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Reti Saks, Kertu Sillaste, Vera Staniševskaja, Vladislav Staniševski, Catherine Zarip, Annika Tonts, Milvi Torim, Kelli Valk-Kagovere, Maarja Vannas-Raid, and Maarja Vint.

The traveling exhibition embarked on its journey from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre in Tallinn in 2011, visiting various sites around Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, and Denmark along the way. Now, it has returned home.