ARS Art Factory in Tallinn has been around since 1975, but is only now starting to open up for locals, and it will take some time for foreign visitors to discover the place. So why not be among the first to explore and spread the word about this fascinating establishment?
Since 1975, it has been a hub for artists: ceramics, textiles, decorative metalwork, leather etc. To give even more of a context how much the Factory has influenced the homes of most Estonians, I would later recommend to visit the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design in the Old town. Today, ARS Art Factory houses over 90 artists and creators. Please see the detailed list on the ARS homepage if you want to reach out to someone specifically.
That is not to say that you have to make an appointment – I usually just show up and there is always something to enjoy – a couple of exhibitions, an applied arts gallery, a pop-up sale. And if all that art wears you down, there is Karamelle chocolate shop right across the street to fuel your system (I recommend their marmalade).
To get to ARS Art Factory, the easiest is to catch tram 3 or 4 from the center and get off at Tondi stop.