Hobusepea Gallery opened in January 2003. The gallery’s priority is showing non-profit contemporary art exhibitions, solo projects by top Estonian artists, while projects by the sub-associations are also given opportunities to exhibit. The gallery’s primary aim is to present, introduce and value contemporary art, and also to present the work of young artists, and create exhibiting opportunities for artists just starting their careers. Curator Elin Kard has been the director of the gallery since it opened on 10 January 2003; she is also the director of Draakon Gallery. From 2013 to 2019, Sirja-Liisa Eelma worked as gallery assistant at Hobusepea and Draakon galleries, in 2020 that position was filled by Anna Mari Liivrand.
The majority of the artists active locally and internationally started their art careers at Hobusepea Gallery. On two occasions projects developing from exhibitions at the gallery have represented Estonia at the international Venice Biennale (Liina Siib, Marko Mäetamm), exhibitions at the gallery have received numerous prizes and nominations (Konrad Mäe Prize, Kristjan Raud Prize, Estonian Cultural Endowment Prizes, etc). Over the years, artists such as Andres Tali, Liina Siib, Marge Monko, Marko Mäetamm, Eve Kiiler, Jaan Elken, Kai Kaljo, Marco Laimre, Jüri Ojaver, Raoul Kurvitz, Paul Rodgers, Mall Paris, Erki Kasemets, Andres Koort and many others have had exhibitions they have considered to have had special importance in their creative careers.
The exhibition programme at Hobusepea and Draakon galleries is compiled on the basis of projects submitted to an open call. Until 2013 the curator Elin Kard made the selection, and since 2013 Elin Kard has worked with gallery assistant Sirje-Liisa Eelma to put together the programme. As of 2020 the gallery assistant position is held by Anna Mari Liivrand. The exhibition programme is approved by the artists association council.
The open call for exhibition projects is announced in March, the deadline is always the first week in May and the decisions are made public by the end of June, at the latest.
For more information visit the gallery homepage.
The gallery is rent-free and the use of equipment for exhibitions is also free for artists.
Wed–Mon 11am–6pm, closed on Tues and public holidays.
Curator Elin Kard