So, then days to go until opening night, and things are beginning to come together in the studio.

Two of the exhibiting artists have been working for the past while in a studio at Telliskivi. Given the subject matter of the exhibition, the location couldn’t really be more ideal. The top end of Telliskivi is a crossroads, with railway sidings and tram lines dividing the tourist crowds of the Old Town from the pleasant wooden houses, and industrial archaeology, of the Kalamaja district.

From Our Studio Window

From Our Studio Window

The studio is part of a huge former Soviet factory and living space. Formerly each floor of these large-ish tower blocks was filled with light engineering and food processing enterprises, as well as flats for the workers who staffed them. Now, in a rather desolate state, the floors in the more serviceable buildings still serve as flats or small businesses; in two of the more crumbling blocks, the cold, drafty spaces form perfect studios for an ever changing cast of aspirant hard rockers, drum classes, and artists. The only permanent residents seem to be a large family of fierce and human-wary black-and-white cats.

 

Telliskivi Studios

Telliskivi Studios

 

Despite some not very good versions of Born to Run etc. being frequently audible from neighbouring spaces, the studio itself is pretty good for making art; well lit throughout the day and north-west facing. Most of the Soviet debris has been cleared away ( a huge windowless room upstairs is stacked high with cheap 1980s office furniture, broken brown carpet tiles and old sofas). 

In this space two of the artists who are exhibiting have been pulling together work for the show; the others will be bringing their stuff with them, shortly, for installation week next week.

Casey Campbell working on her painting "Aia 10 Uheksa Viis"

Casey Campbell working on her painting

 

David Anderson and his pinball machine

David Anderson and his pinball machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disused Bridge over main courtyard, Telliskivi

Disused Bridge over main courtyard, Telliskivi

A Moskvitch in, er, Tartu

A Moskvitch in, er, Tartu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next week we will be looking at all five artists in a little more detail.

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