Important announcement: As we are in a phase of infrastructural shift, we are currently not accepting applications for residencies.
As of October 1st 2019 we are leaving our familiar and cosy base, the Governor's House of the Mooste Manor. This historic house was specially renovated into Artist-in-Residence space (2006-2011) with the help from Ministry of Culture and Mooste vald.
For more detais please check for updates and announcements on the ABOUT page.
The aim of the MoKS residency was to foster collaboration between artists, researchers and different communities, organizations and groups in Estonia and the Baltic region. Artists were encouraged to work with the context of the landscape and features of the local environment. MoKS has developed links through a variety of regional communities, organizations, institutions, schools and groups through past and current projects. While residents were encouraged to be self motivated and work independently MoKS provided assistance for artists when developing a specific project in the frame of the residency.
The climate conditions in Estonia vary throughout the year from +30C summers to -30C winters. During the colder months the resident artist should be prepared to handle the weather conditions (bring warm clothes). Basic tasks such as accepting village life, cooking and shopping are part of the daily routine. MoKS guests are expected to be responsible, independent and adaptable to living and working in a foreign, rural village which can be socially isolating at times.
NOTE: MoKS is located in the rural community of Mooste and does not have van or car available for residents. Arrangements can be made for special transport needs but at the expense of the resident. Otherwise residents should be prepared to travel with local public transport.
Second floor studios (above), Main floor studio (below)
Mooste is a small rural south Estonain village of about 500 people. The village is a mix of former Soviet collective farm structures and the historic Mooste Manor farming estate. In the village there is: grocery store, medical center, bus stop 1km ( regular bus connections with Tartu). There is also a guesthouse, hotel, concert hall and a lunch cafe in Mooste.
Local active businesses and organisations include:
traditional log building and historical renovation workshop http://vanaajamaja.ee/
natural clay/earth building workshop http://saviukumaja.ee/
wool production workshop (futons, pillows, woven jumpers/hats/gloves and small souvenirs) http://www.sirelitalu.ee/tookoda.html
folk music school http://moosterahvamuusikakool.blogspot.com/
second-hand re-use center http://www.taaskasutuskoda.ee/