Ptarmigan is now closed.

Ptarmigan operated in Tallinn from 2011-2014. We no longer maintain any presence in Tallinn, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced at Ptarmigan during these years.


At Tiib, 1-3 March: 

Lewis McGuffie - Junk Mail for Pete

Thursday 1 March (Opening) 18:00 - 22:00 
Friday 2 March 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday 3 March 15:00 - 18:00

Junk Mail For Pete is an exhibition that charts a series of hoax letters sent by UK artist Lewis McGuffie to London based painter Peter Simpson in the autumn of 2009. The letters, purporting to be from an official statistics gathering agency, relentlessly quizzed the artist on the state of his existence and the specifics of his being alive. Accompanying the letters will also be a video entitled This Not A Metaphor, It's Just A Cat.

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Ptarmigan (both Helsinki and Tallinn) will have be exhibiting at Supermarket 2012 in Stockholm this coming weekend (17-19 February).

If you're attending, you'll find out booth on the 5th floor in the centre. In addition to the regularly scheduled performances and talks at Supermarket, Ptarmigan will be hosting some mini-events in our booth:


Ola Ståhl - 'Black Box' :  16:00

BLACK BOX is a textual re-staging of pager messages intercepted in the US between 3am and 8.46am on September 11, 2001 and released publicly in 2009 by WikiLeaks. The text was first commissioned by Stockholm publishing press Valeveil in 2011 and has since been used as the basis for a series of performances using overhead projectors, tape recorders and live voice.



Sari TM Kivinen - 'Textual Opera/rations' :  13:00
Textual Opera/rations is a writing performance that takes place at a given site in order to generate manuscript material. Sari TM Kivinen in an artist working with text, theory, performance and video. Kivinen has previously performed Textual Opera/rations in Helsinki 2010 as a way of writing through multiple performance roles. Adapted to the location of the Ptarmigan booth in Supermarket Art Fair Textual Opera/rations will become a mediated document that reflects the given site as interpreted by Kivinen



Instant panel : 16:00
Instant panel is an open-form seminar and discussion dealing with issues relating to artist-run projects. The panel will hopefully assemble throughout the weekend and will address two topics: experimental pedagogy in the arts, and alternative funding strategies. The panel will be loose and open to anyone to contribute their ideas.


Supermarket is open: Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

Kulturhuset is located in the city centre of Stockholm. 3rd and 5th floors. 

Ptarmigan's visit to Supermarket is supported by the Nordic Culture Point Mobility Programme.



Ptarmigan's monthly variety night GFYP will next occur on 29 October, under the title Gherkin Frenzy Youth Passport, and will be based around the theme of 'miniatures'.

Would you like to appear in this programme?  We are asking for proposals for this evening - performances, talks, films, anything - that fit into the theme of miniatures.  We want to celebrate things that are small, tiny, repetitive, and inexact.  

We do not have any funds available to assist but can offer the enthusiasm of the promoters and of the audience.  If you have an idea, please submit it through our proposals form and choose "GFYP" as the project.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening event, the Radio Aporee workshop, and the American propaganda Clip Kino.  It was a wonderful way to start the project in Estonia and we're really excited about some upcoming events and workshops.  We will also be inaugurating the Tallinn chapter of the artHOP activity (now that the weather is better!) - stay tuned here for announcements.

We've now completed a proposal form that will always be active on both this site and the Helsinki one.  Through this form you can submit any idea to us - an event you'd like to organise, a project you'd like to realise, or some way to participate in the ongoing projects we have.  We'll be using this form for all types of submissions, including residencies, so please take a look and send us some ideas!

As always, we remind you to check out our Facebook group and feel free to add any photos you've taken at Ptarmigan events to our Flickr pool. We'll also be launching an email list soon, since it's time to finally catch up with the late 90s.