Have you heard about the Master's Courtyard in Tallinn?
Whereas the first written mention of this property dates from 1371, much of the courtyard and its' enclosing buildings date from the 13th century.
|From seeing and knowing the above - the idea of a bonafide Master's Courtyard was born. In 1993 the Master's Courtyard Non-profit Organisation (MTÜ - Mittetulundusühing Meistrite Hoov) was founded with the objective to restore and rebuild the severly deteriorating property with workshops, galleries and exhibition halls. The Courtyard will become an artisans quarter, where master artisans and craftpersons ply and preserve historical artisan traditions and techniques, teah apprentices and produce. Here residents and visitors may come to observe master artisans ply their craft and trade, enjoy galleries and savour a variety of excellent coffees - all this in one of the more attractive courtyards in the city. |
Each workshop will have pictures, engravings etc. which will introduce the history of each trade, craft or art domain in Estonia. This will provide an educational overview of techniques and tools and their permutation through time to the present day.
|Special attention is made to the physically challenged and elderly visitors, for whom sloped pathways and lifts will allow ready access to the workshops, galleries and exhibition halls. |
In the future we await visitor artisans from abroad to enrich our own artistic community. For these visitors, accomodations are being built in the Courtyard. These may also be used as tourist accomodations upon availability. The Courtyard reconstructions has commenced. The entire Courtyard should be completed by 2004 - just in time to celebrate Tallinn's 850th anniversary.
MTÜ "Meistrite Hoov"
Side 17 a, 11622 Tallinn, Estonia
or contact us by telephone at: +372 50 46113
Your financial contributions may be made:
BANK: Eesti Ühispank
Contributors will be acknowledged by MTÜ
in newsprint media and a bronze plaque will commemmorate those major contributors
(individuals from 50,000 EEK and companies from
Major sponsors will be able to use galleries, exhibition halls and accomodations proportionally to their contributions.
Master's Courtyard in 2003
Master's Courtyard in 2004