Open Call for Artwork at Tallinn Print Triennial

Deadline: 22 July 2013
Open to: visual artists who’ve completed artwork between 2011 and 2013 that does not cover more than 10 square meters of wall space.
Prize: € 3000 with an additional prizes of € 1500


Compared to the early 20th century, the concept of literacy has acquired a new meaning today. If earlier, it primarily referred to reading and writing skills, today many different types of literacy are discussed, mostly digital literacy, but also functional, mathematical, natural science and media literacy.

The Tallinn Print Triennial project titled Literacy – Illiteracy / Kirjaoskus – Kirjaoskamatus continues to deal with this old topic with the goal of finding new development scenarios for graphic media in the current situation where medium-specific art has become a problematic phenomenon.

Literacy – Illiteracy / Kirjaoskus – Kirjaoskamatus is a “project in progress,” an open project comprised of a set of game-like situations that symbolically starts from the “artist-text” platform that was modelled a long time ago. In the project, the artist assumes the role of translator, interpreter and de-constructer with the task of finding new facets for the organisation of materials. The space for movement between literacy and illiteracy unravels on a field comprised of many familiar concepts like translation and interpretation. If he or she wishes, the artist may become the de-constructer of the concept of literacy, who, right from the start, proceeds from a position that is destined to fail.

The 16th Tallinn Print Triennial „Literacy / Illiteracy“, curated by Maria Kjaer Themsen, presents works of visual art that are produced using mechanical or digital reproduction or printing technologies, produced between 2011 and 2013 on the topic of „Literacy / Illiteracy“.

Each applicant is asked to write additionally 5-10 lines about how their work is related to the concept of the Triennial. They expect individual works or series (measurements and number is not limited) that would not cover more than 10 sq m of wall space. The selected artist from the open-call will be part of the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial „Literacy / Illiteracy“.


Grand Prix – € 3000 with an additional 3 Equal Prizes – € 1500.

A mandatory participation fee only for those artists who are selected for the second phase of the contest is meant to cover charges related to sending the art works back to the artists after the exhibition and to post the exhibition catalogues. Methods of payment will be announced to selected artists.

  • Phase A: Free of charge to submit your digitally sent materials.
  • Phase B: European countries – € 30; Non-European countries – € 40; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – free of charge


Visual artists may submit their artwork completed between 2011 and 2013 that does not cover more than 10 square meters of wall space.


The selection of works consists of two phases:

Phase A – Sending digital material. Deadline: 22 July 2013

Images sent by e-mail (JPEG/PDF, 72 dpi, max size 2M) should be sent together with completed entry form AVAILABLE HERE to the e-mail address:

Artists selected for Phase B are asked to send later (individual e-mails will be sent to the selected artists) high resolution images for printing the catalogue (TIFF or JPEG, 300 dpi). They accept only digitally sent images (via Dropbox, YouSend It or WeTransfer etc. to the e-mail: The curator of the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial and the Tallinn Print Triennial team will select artists from Phase A for Phase B.

Phase B – Selected artists. Deadline will be confirmed and sent to all selected artists.

Art works must reach Tallinn by 10 January 2014. Artists selected for Phase B should send their works (at their own cost) together with completed entry form to the address specified in the e-mail individually sent to each selected artist. However, the designer of the exhibition together with the organizers of the Triennial has the right to exclude some works from exhibiting due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. the original of the work doesn’t coincide with the image of the preview photo, lack of space etc.).

For more information please contact: Jaanika Okk – Project manager of the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial at Mob. +44 (0) 7795871205; e-mail:

The official website is AVAILABLE HERE.