Be there and be ready to squeeze that sponge!

Let us introduce the next artist in the Copper Leg Art Residency. His name is Wayne Liu and he was born in Taiwan. Wayne is a photo artist who lives and works in New York since the end of the 90s. In his artistic practice, he encompasses the fields of archives, photo-based installations, sound recordings and found objects. During his residency period in Copper Leg, he has been making many expeditions to different places in Estonia, to extract information, first-hand experience and impressions. Wayne describes his creative method as becoming into a sponge that can absorb endlessly information into itself.

Now its time to squeeze a bit out of this sponge! On Sunday 15.04 at 14:00 opens his exhibition in Rae schoolhouse, in Residency studio room on Wormhole road and later will follow Open Doors Day in Copper Leg Art Residency. Be there and be ready to squeeze that sponge!

Wayne Liu homepage:

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Say “ja”and make it five-fold!

Time to introduce the next artist in the Copper Leg Art Residency. Her name is Wang Bei and she is from Shanghai, China! Bei is a painter who has been studying art at Huaqiao  University

Bei is constantly surprised about Estonian weather; how cold it is and how much snow here is. So far she has warmed up herself by painting some abstractions, also landscapes and building an over-life-size snowman. During her time in Copper Leg residency she has been visiting two important cities in Europe, Tallinn and Brussels; and has seen the final destination of bus no. 244 at the end of Aruküla road.

Bei is a person with a positive mindset, she likes to laugh, and her favorite sentence is five-fold “ja” (ja-ja-ja-ja-ja).

We got outer space visitors!

We are happy to introduce next artist in the Copper Leg Residency. Meet Scott Hawkins from Scotland! Scott is very philosophical and multi-talented man. Scott’s sense of humor seems to be in the right place, he knows what the circus is all about.

Mr. Hawkins has been an aerospace engineer, professor of design and cultural studies, experimental musician, electronic instrument builder, performer and most proudly as he says an artist, painter, collagist and print-maker.

That’s not all – Scott is a man who has already got his 15 min of fame as it was promised to everybody by Warhol back in 1968.  Scott got even 3 min extra on Britain’s National Television.

So far we know that he has a plan to investigate the Estonian cultural particularities and keep a visual diary about his research during the stay at Copper Leg Residency. Also, he has agreed to participate in “The 9th March Performance Art Festival” on 10th March in Gallery Metropol, Tallinn.

It feels as if something significant is going on here! Unknown flying objects have been seen lurking on Wormhole road and peeping right into Scott’s window! If you are just as curious as the visitors from space, then you’ve got a chance to see Scott and his hocus-pocus on Open Doors day, Saturday 3rd March at Copper Leg Residency on the Wormhole road!

Scott’s homepage:

Scott’s 18 minutes of fame:


Seaside tales …

We are happy to introduce next artist in the Copper Leg Residency. Andrea is freelance artist and educator based in Vienna, Austria. She started her studies in technical college for creative metal craft in Steyr, continued her studies in the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz and has been upgrading her knowledge in different summer universities in the Netherlands and in Great Britain. She has been participating in many exhibitions, Artist in Residency programs, getting awards and winning competitions in her homeland and internationally. Under her skillful hands have been born a wide range of creations, starting from jewelry collections and ending with church bells.

Andrea is a very energetic, focused and well-orientated person. She does not need to be asked for a helping hand – before you think of opening your mouth, the help has already arrived without spending many words. Her interest is all kind of experiments with daily materials in all its forms. In Copper Leg Residency, Andrea experiments with copper corrosion using local organic materials to bring out patina and her experimental copper jewelry workshop take place today evening at 6 PM. Everybody is welcomed to take part!

So what else? Mhm, she has dark blue eyes and she loves the sea.

Happy Valentine’s day to all of you and see you sooner or later!

Long live the fine art photography!

We have the honor to introduce one of our artists in the residency. Meet Tapio Haapalahti from Finland, Tampere. He is a man with no fear – we suspect he’s ancestors were probably real Vikings or maybe they had roots from blacksmith Ilmarinen family tree.

Tapio is Grandmaster of analog photography and he has 40 years of experiences in that field. Whatever you need to know about old and dignified photography techniques, just ask him and you will be enlightened. Tapio is the organizer of Tampere Camera Fair and is teaching analog photography in Tampere and Rovaniemi universities. He is a man who can create images with river water and develop films by eating vitamin C.

He is a great source of disappearing knowledge’s and he’s spreading this knowledge around him with passion. This is his missionary work next to the unique artworks what he creates.

Besides all that he is an extremely kind person, he is too kind! He brought to Copper Leg Residency full darkroom equipment and studio flash lighting kit. He helped to set it up in two intensive weeks and showed how to use the equipment and many good tricks during his workshop in Copper Leg Residency.

We have not enough words to describe our gratitude to Tapio. These may be small steps for Mr. Tapio Klaus Kullervo Haapalahti, but it’s a giant leap for Copper Leg Artists Residency and a great gift for all the future artists who come to work and live here.

Long live the fine art photography!

Meow folks!

I know you all are dying out of curiosity to know all about this cute cat in the picture! OK, let’s get this cat business done first – then we can focus on the other things. The cat’s name is Vicolo and he is a regular street cat from Italy, who had the luck to charm Finnish artists who were visiting his hometown and finally who ended up as hosts for this cutie. His special abilities are to not leak inside the house and being nice towards people.

Now we can go back to the regular business: let’s take a look at the other person in the picture! We are happy to introduce a new artist in our residency and her companion. Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo is from Pori, Finland. She has been studying in many art academies in her homeland, upgraded her knowledge in Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and finished her Master of Arts studies at Tallinn Art Academy. She has presented her artworks here, there and also elsewhere.

The creative method of Niina-Anneli can be characterized as spying over the space. She throws questions into the room and gets answers back, even if they have been there never before. The tactical tools are disorganizing the room stage, separating the unity and creating new units, channeling focus points, and all it happens in plentiful cognitive brine. Finally, she melts all of that diffused cloud of collected pieces together and in front of us we can see the rising of something unidentified but at the same time very familiar.

Her work in progress can be seen on November 26 in Copper Leg Residency during the Open Doors Day and the final result, at the exhibition on January 5 in Rae Cultural Center’s gallery “Rae Kunsti Plats”.

Copper Leg Residency would like to give a warm welcome to the brave souls!