Empowering Creators. Connecting Art & People.
We invite people across the world to connect to the freshest ideas and perspectives born in the Nordic-Baltic art field.
NOBA.ac is the largest informational web based art platform and multifunctional art center in the Nordic-Baltic region. We create meeting points for people and art. To bring art closer to audiences NOBA stands behind Exhibition Map – an unique overview of art exhibitions and events in the region as well as a tool for travel planning and culture tourism.
In cooperation with art institutions, we curate and publish a web-based Exhibition Map that includes information onexhibitions taking place in Nordic-Balitc region from major museums and galleries to artist run spaces. Our team has gathered information about 250 exhibitions and now all professional art institutions can add their exhibitions and events to the Art Map by themselves.
NOBA.ac art platform features three main functions:
NOBA Exhibition Map is a good tool to find out what is happening in your next art destination. With easy-to-use search and filter functions, providing an introduction of each exhibition with a location map and opening times. Information can be filtered by cities and countries.
NOBA Spotlight gathers reportages of significant art events, introducing artists, curators and galleries, explaining the relationship between art, design and architecture as well as sharing insight about collecting art. We are constantly working with local editors and authors to publish art news and on-spot stories.
NOBA Buy Art section hosts a curated and the largest up-to-date selection of the region’s contemporary art including around 6000 artworks by over 500 artists from Baltic and Nordic countries. It allows visitors to get acquainted with the artworks by well-known and rewarded artists as well as young talents.
NOBA also stands behind various art events including a yearly Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award (NOBA Award) in cooperation with art universities in the region, renewal of Viinistu Art Museum permanent collection and Wiiralt hall, a street art project (R)estart Reality in 11 European capitals with Edward von Lõngus, the launch of Tallinn Biennial, rebooting the Art Week tradition in Estonia and organizing exhibitions.
We are grateful to all our partners in Estonia and abroad who have contributed to establish and maintain NOBA as the main platform for contemporary art in Baltic and Nordic region. To implement our initiatives, we work closely with many partners such as Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (EKKAK), Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Painters’ Union, Tartu Artist Union, KUMU, Tallinn Art Hall, FOKU, Vaba Lava and several art institutions and galleries all over Baltic and Nordic countries.
Enterprise Estonia supports the development of NOBA.ac contemporary art platform with 67 620, 36 euros from the infrastructure development and technological capability development measure.
TEAM OF NOBA
Andra Orn, founder
Andra Orn is the director and founder of the Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA NGO and art platform NOBA.ac. She has been active in the local and international art world for over fifteen years, resulting in a wide network of artists and relevant partners – institutions, associations, art academies – in the Baltic and the Nordic countries. She has organised art festivals and international art competitions, curated exhibitions, compiled art books and written contributions to cultural publications.
Andra has led internationally significant art events such as Tallinn Art Week and Edward von Lõngus’s Restart Reality digital street art project in 11 European cities, Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award, Smarten City space project and mural projects in Ülemiste district, urban space curator of the Tartu light festival TAVA2021 etc. Among other things, Andra has written articles for culture magazine Sirp, cultural publications of daily newspapers and NOBA.ac Focus section, prepared introductions of artists and exhibitions for catalogues and art books and curated several exhibitions.
Starting from 2020 with reorganising Viinistu art museum permanent exhibition (project manager Andra Orn, curators Kädi Talvoja and Mary Talvistu, design consultant Tiit Pääsuke) Viinistu Art Museum exhibitions are coordinated by NOBA art platform. In 2021 museums Wiiralt hall was renewed in cooperation with Andra Orn and Mai Levin, and in the summer months Andra curates the summer program of the Viinistu Barrel Galleries.
Andra has received a higher education in journalism and communication (BA) at the University of Tartu, now writing a master’s thesis at Tallinn University in the field of cultural theory and philosophy.
Egle Loor, Communication Coordinator
Egle is responsible of NOBA`s communication activities by organising events, coordinating content creation and media relations, writing articles, compiling newsletters and managing social media. She has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Management from TalTech. Egle has been active in the field of communication for more than 15 years, focusing on cultural projects such as Tallinn Fashion Week, World Cleanup Day, Spring Exhibition 2019 in the last years.
Hakima-Meriem Kimmer, Exhibition Map Administrator
Meriem is a freelancer who is working in a field of managing disasters and creating environment perfect for blossoming culture. She is the head of Exhibition Map that features more than 260 exhibitions in one month from Nordic Baltic region. She has studied in Kopli Art School, worked in different fields like make-up artist, florist and long time project manager in marine field (more than 20 years). She is the master of online courses from social media to self- development.
Triinu Soikmets, Co-Author
Triinu is a freelance curator and writer focusing on visual culture and its socio-psychological context. These topics are also her focus in creating articles for NOBA. She has worked as a developer, marketer, assistant at psychiatric clinic and a gallerist, volunteering in both cultural and social fields, and currently acts as a board member of NGO Dragon and Dolphin. Triinu has studied philosophy and marketing communication at the University of Tartu, art at the Estonian Academy of Arts and literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, visual arts therapies at Tallinn University. In addition, she has taken courses in painting, drawing and ceramics.