IALD Lighting Design Workshops – introduction

Workshop heads

Dates & places

– lighting design workshops: 20-24/10/18
– pre-opening of the lighting installations: Thursday, 24/10/18
– lighting installations open for public: 25-28/10/18

Locations and places

Tartu Toy Museum, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, St. Johns Church. We have chosen these sites for their importance to the city, and their impact to the urban outdoor area of Tartu. At the same time the night-time presence of all these monuments can be improved by carefully thought through lighting concepts that could convert them into landmarks not just during the day but also at night.


We aim to have participants with different backgrounds; they can be students and/or professionals. They will be selected based on their motivation. Educational institutions can also participate with a number of students, as a part of their program.


As a part of the festival there will be three lighting design workshops carried out in the public space and inner city of Tartu. The objective of these workshops is to be an experimentation ground for lighting in the public realm. It aims to investigate and improve Tartu’s current urban lighting and to create real-sized prototypes for citizens and visitors to experience.

Workshops are an opportunity to educate and introduce participants to the world of lighting. Workshop heads will guide their teams and co-create a full-scale lighting mock-up. It will be a hands-on learning experience, from concept development to realization.

Ideally, the results of light workshops – that are a wonderful opportunity to experiment, test creative concepts and prototype – would become permanent light installations in the public space of Tartu. They present an interesting challenge to designers and planners but are also useful to the city government by giving an opportunity to see and experience different lighting solutions in 1:1 scale before making definitive investments.

The installations created during the lighting workshops will be a part of the 4-day lighting festival TAVA2018. At night they will become landmarks and show visitors how architectural lighting design can change the nighttime identity of a city. Thus, they will be demonstrating the power of light and draw public attention to the value of lighting design to urban space.

Workshop fee

Workshop fee for students (Student ID required): 250€ 

Workshop fee for professionals: 400€ 

No VAT is added. 

Fee includes also participation for the Lighting Design and Light Art Conference (25.-26.10), Lightfair (25.-26.10) and Festive opening (25.10)

Everybody is responsible for finding their own accommodation. Here are our partner hotels, after registration and payment you get secret code and can ask 10-30% cheaper deals.

How to registrate

Please register by filling in the form

More information

Sabine De Schutter
Curator of the architectural lighting workshops
Ph: +49 151 26840328
E-mail: sabine[at]tartuvalgus.ee


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