Exhibition of Estonian Illustration “Once Upon a Time…” to Open in Gdansk

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From the 9th of December until the 6th of January 2019 the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time”. Works by well known Estonian illustrators 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.

„Once Upon a Time…“ is an extraordinary exhibition that travelled around Italy for two years in 2015-2016. In 2017, the exhibition was shown in the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre in Tallinn and in the Art Gallery of the University of Culture in Minsk. Since 2018, the exhibition has been travelling around Poland.

Illustration: Urmas Viik

Raisin of the Year Award Goes to Anti Saar and Urmas Viik

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On the 6th of December 2018, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre announced the winner of The Raisin of The Year for the most extraordinary children`s book of 2018. The jury, which consists of Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s employees, chose Anti Saar’s book Mina, Milda ja meister Michel (Me, Milda and Master Michel, Eesti Kunstimuuseum).

The Raisin of the Year Award has been given out every year since 2004. It is meant to give recognition for a children’s book that has been published in the previous year and stands out as a whole, or is extraordinary because of its text or illustrations.

Additional information: Triin Soone, Director, triin@elk.ee

The Opening of the Solo Exhibition by Olga Ionaitis

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On the 4th of December 2018 solo exhibition by Russian artist Olga Ionaitis will be opened at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The exhibition will stay open until the 26th of January 2019.

Olga Ionaitis started illustrating 1987 and has altogether illustrated more than 150 books, collaborated with different magazines, participated in several exhibitions and curated exhibitions herself. For her work, the artist has won many awards.

The artist’s style is warm, fairy-tale like and highly imaginative. She has illustrated almost all well known fairy tales and literature classics such as Burnett’s Secret Garden and Oliver Twist by Dickens.

 

Kertu Sillaste’s Book Chosen Among the Best 100 Books from 2017

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On the 2nd of December 2018, 100 best children’s and youth books from 2017 were chosen at the 59th Munich Book Fair. Kertu Sillaste’s book Everyone Makes Art Their Own Way was presented among them (translated by Carsten Wilms, published by Kullerkupp Kinderbuch Verlag).

Everyone Makes Art Their Own Way, the third book written and illustrated by Kertu Sillaste, explains various types of art and invites children to give them a try.

The Munich Book Fair takes place every year since 1959. More than 300 German publishing houses present their books at the fair.

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Munich Book Fair
Kullerkupp Kinderbuch Verlag

Exhibition “Running with Wolves” To Open in Wrocław

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From the 1th of December until the 3rd of January 2019, Mediateka Wrocław in Poland presents the exhibition “Running with Wolves” by Baltic illustrators. Works by 25 artists from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are displayed.

The exhibition was prepared for this year’s London Book Fair, where the three Baltic States were invited as guests of honour. Curator Viive Noor invited illustrators to create works with the motifs of a wolf and a werewolf. The concept of the exhibition was inspired by the European Year of Cultural Heritage and by traditional stories collected by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

See also: The Opening of the Exhibition ”Running With Wolves“ on February 2nd

Exhibition of Estonian Illustration “Once Upon a Time…” to Open in Elbląg

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From the 22nd of November until the 5th of December 2018, the gallery Nobilis at the European Meeting Center in Elbląg presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time”. Works by well known Estonian illustrators 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.

„Once Upon a Time…“ is an extraordinary exhibition that travelled around Italy for two years in 2015-2016. In 2017, the exhibition was shown in the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre in Tallinn and in the Art Gallery of the University of Culture in Minsk. Since 2018, the exhibition has been travelling around Poland.

Organised in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw.

Illustration: Urmas Viik

Solo Exhibitions by Shmuel Anatoly Schelest and Made Balbat

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On the 6th of November 2018, two solo exhibitions will be opened at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The Illustration gallery exhibits works by Israel artist Shmuel Anatoly Schelest and the Staircase gallery works by Estonian illustrator Made Balbat. Both exhibitons will stay open until the 1st of December.

Shmuel Anatoly Schelest was born 1957 in Kiev, Ukraine. He studied graphics at the Kiev Institute of Fine Arts and at the Tashkent National Institute of Theater and Fine Arts. He has lived in Uzbekistan and Germany and lives since 2006 in Israel. Schelest has had solo exhibitions in Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Germany, Holland, Israel, Georgia and Jerusalem and has participated in many group exhibitions.

Made Balbat (1960) is Estonian illustrator who has participated in a number of group exhibitions. It is her first solo exhibition that presents Balbat’s digital illustrations. The artist’s works mainly thematise fairy tales.

New Video: Pop Up Creators – An International Illustration Exchange

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Pop Up Creators was an illustration exchange across the UK and Baltic countries. A video by Janis Abizars introducing the project can be seen now in YOUTUBE

Pop Up Creators was an international exchange of outstanding and emerging illustrators and comic artists in 2017-2018 across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK produced by Pop Up and funded by Arts Council England, as well as partners in each country.

18 professional illustrators mentored 150 young artists over 142 days of workshops in 17 universities, colleges and schools, supporting them from concept to delivery of their graphic stories. Publishers in each of the four countries then printed these stories in small print runs.

See also: An exchange of amazing illustrators & comics artists across the UK, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania (Pop Up)

Anti Saar to Perform in Poland and Hungary

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End of October the children’s writer Anti Saar meets young readers in Poland and Hungary. Saar introduces his book The Way Things Are With Us (Tänapäev 2013, illustrated by Alvar Jaakson) to young readers.

From 19 to 21 October Saar presents his book The Way Things Are With Us (translated by Bence Patat and published by Cser) at the Margo Festival of Literature and Book Fair in Budapest.

From 25 to 28 October the children’s writer presents his book published by Widnokrag to Polish audience together with the translator Anna Michalzcuk. They will perform at the Krakow Book Fair and at the Culture Club “Przegorzały”.

Anti Saar’s book The Way Things Are With Us has been furthermore published in Latvian (Liels un Mazs, 2017) and in Russian (in Estonia, KPD, 2017).