Laura Põld

Laura Põld was born in Tallinn, Estonia. She is currently living and working in Tallinn and Vienna. Põld is the Visiting Associate Professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Installation and Sculpture. She is one of the curators of the 2024 QMA Viennese Artist Collective.

Representing galleries

Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia


2018 – 2021  The University of Art and Design Linz, Department of Sculptural Conceptions and Ceramics, MA

2007 – 2010 University of Tartu, Department of Painting, MA

2003 – 2007 Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Ceramics, BA

2000 – 2003 Collegium Educationis Revaliae (CER Gymnasium), Class of Fine Arts

Selected Solo and Duo-Exhibitions

2023 Laura Põld, Raum für Kunst und Natur, Bonn, curated by Uta Friederike Miksche and Cornelia Genschow; Ways of Being, solo presentation at the viennacontemporary Art Fair 2023, Zone 1 with Kogo gallery; Fibers in the Cave, solo presentation at Art Brussels with Kogo Gallery, curated by Šelda Šelda Puķīte; Translating and Co-labouring, (AV17) Gallery, Vilnius

2022 Common Threads, Polar Bear and Elephant, Laura Põld with Andres Tolts, Kogo gallery, Tartu, curated by Šelda Puķīte; The Nature of Measurement, Magdalena Franczak / Laura Põld, Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw, curated by Stanisław Welbel; E-Motional Landscapes, Laura Põld / Kristi Kongi, Liste Basel art fair, represented by Kogo gallery, curated by Šelda Puķīte; Vegetal Being, ARS Showroom, Tallinn

2021 Walking Talking Minerals, Laura Põld / Lou Sheppard, Titanik Gallery, Turku; Dirt is a record. Soil is an archive, POSITIONS Berlin 2021, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin; Dark blue smells salty, yellow tastes bitter. #09 Laura Põld, Kommod, Vienna, curated by Steffi Parlow; Doing What They Do Best, Kunstraum Memphis, Linz

2020 Living / Making Rituals. An Exhibition at Home, Vienna Art Week Open Studios 2020 program, Vienna, Austria; Shedding Skin, Laura Põld / Piret Karro, Gallery Vaal, Tallinn, Estonia; Beautiful Necessity, Eva Volmerson / Laura Põld, ARS Showroom, Tallinn, Estonia; Denial, Laura Põld / Katrin Väli, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia, curated by Peeter Talvistu

2019 Burrows. Flights, Katrin Väli / Laura Põld, Gallery Hobusepea, Tallinn, Estonia

2018 Artists in Collections: Laura Põld x Kunda Cement Museum, Kunda, Estonia, curated by Maarin Ektermann and Mary Talvistu

2017 So small it could be mine, Atelierhaus Höherweg e. V., Düsseldorf, Germany

2016 Laura Põld / Johna Hansen, Serving Makes Place, Gallery Maebashi Works, Japan; Laura Põld / Johna Hansen, Awilda on a drift, Fireboat Tripitaka, Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark; Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia, curated by Peeter Talvistu

2015 Road To Silver Mine, Gallery Chemin du Bonheur, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi, Japan

2014 The Night Your Mate Danced Like A Tree, Gallery Hobusepea, Tallinn, Estonia; Laura Põld / Titania Seidl, a walk, a wall, some mountains, Showroom Galerie Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria; Ruins, Tartu Art House, Monumental gallery, Tartu, Estonia; To go to bed by day, Kunstkabinett Kunstverein Bayreuth, Germany; Castle, Gallery Vaal, Tallinn, Estonia

2013 Attempts to stage a landscape, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; Sigita Daugule / Laura Põld, Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria

2012 Carolina Cyclone, Showroom for Young Art, Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria

2011 Lost & Found, Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia

2010 Conversations with a Curtain, Tartu Art House, Estonia;
Adrijana Gvozdenovič / Laura Põld, Hope You Dance, bm:ukk exhibition space, Vienna, Austria


2024 Curator of the 2024 QMA Artist Collective, Vienna

2023 To Mold, to Hold. Currents in Estonian Ceramics, ARS Project Space, Tallinn. Curated together with Kati Saarits and Raili Keiv.

2021 Mountains are time, attic hall of the Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz. Artists: Isa Schieche (AT), Johna Hansen (SW/DK), Lisa Kainz (AT), Lou Sheppard (CA), Steffi Parlow (DE/AT) and Laura Põld (EE).

2018 one-on-one. on skills, curated together with Kati Saarits, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn. Artists: Leo Rohlin (EE), Leesi Erm (EE), Helle Videvik (EE), Mall Tomberg (EE), Mona Aghababaee (IR), Katja Beckman (SE), Nadia Hebson (UK), Anna Mari Liivrand (EE), Eva Mustonen (EE), Kaisa Sööt (EE) and Koit Randmäe (EE).

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 Down the Rabbit Hole, MO museum, Vilnius, curated by Justė Kostikovaitė, Maija Rudovska, Merilin Talumaa; Down in the Bog – Thinking with Peatlands, Tromsø kunstforening (TKF), Tromsø, curated by Karolin Tampere

2023 Emotional Landscapes, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, curated by Šelda Puķīte; Ring Ring Ring, pal project, Paris, curated by Andy Rankin; Changing Frame, Galerie Gmunder Keramik, Gmunden, curated by Alfred Weidinger and Genoveva Rückert-Sommerauer; The Baltic Current. Baltic Contemporary Ceramics, Aveiro City Museum, curators Valentins Pjetko, Aivars Baranovskis, Agne Semberaite and Pille Kaleviste; shelter – sanctuary, The Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, curated by Helena tulve; Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, Kumu Art Museum, curated by Linda Kaljundi, Eha Komissarov, Ulrike Plath, Bart Pushaw and Tiiu Saadoja; (INTIMITÄT) Feelings are Facts, Kunstverein Eisenstadt, curated by Barbara Horvath

2022 AVE magazine 9, Kunstraum SUPER, My Bitter Sweet Frankenstein Body, Titanik gallery, Turku, curated by Šelda Puķīte; Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics, Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga; ars viva 2022 – Agents of Perception, Kai Art Center, Tallinn, curated by Maria Helen Känd 

2021 Domestic Drama, Halle für Kunst Steiermark, curated by Cathrin Mayer; The Bambi Project, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, curated by Šelda Puķīte; Haus Wien, Favoriten, Vienna; Lebhafte Materie, Motherboard, Vienna, curated by Jan Gustav Fiedler and Stephanie Winter; mud-mother#1/Bathybius haeckelii, New Jörg, Vienna, curated by Kristin Weissenberger; t.o.m.b.o.l.a. III, bb15, Linz

2020 Revive, an online exhibition focused on the relationship between ecology and human activity, homepage of Tartu Art House, curated by Sarah Michelle Cook; 6×2=75, Galerie Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz; Ceramic Dimension, EKA Gallery, Tallinn

2019 ISCP Fall Open Studios, Studio #211, ISCP, New York, USA;
Beings with, Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, curated by Ki Nurmenniemi, Fiskars, Finland; Bitter waters to reach the sweet, Alte Schieberkammer, Vienna, Austria; What keeps me, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Staircase gallery, Tallinn, curator Pille Kaleviste

2018 Ascending from the Liquid Horizon, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France, curator Kati Ilves; How to: Live. Virtual Biographies, EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia, curator Marika Agu; Everyday Witchcraft, Kogo gallery, Tartu, Estonia, curator Merilin Talumaa; Contemporary Art from Estonia, ECB, Frankfurt, Germany, curator Britta von Campenhausen; Borderline, Valga Museum, Estonia, curator Peeter Talvistu; A Hole in the Grey Curtain, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France, curator Sam Basu; No Reptiles, Justice, Vienna, Austria, curator Sebastian Mittl

2017 Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn, Estonia; Instra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes, Treignac Projet, France, curator Jussi Koitela; Structured Frustrations, CC. art space Isfahan, Esfahan, Iran, curated by Samira Hashemi

2016 The Great Painter, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, curated by Liisa Kaljula; Köler Prize 2016. Exhibition of Nominees, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia; Sense of Place, Tallinn Art Hall gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2015 Art Market Budapest, Budapest, represented by Gallery Vaal; New building, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia; Fucking Andy, Eden, Techno, Disco, Mo.ë space, Vienna, Austria

2014 New Material, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia;
Väljasõit rohelisse. Tartu 1860–2014, Tallinn Art Hall, curator Peeter Talvistu; Tallinn – Carcassonne, Jesuit College and Chapel, Carcassonne, France

2013 Kunst in der Landschaft 9, Gut Gasteil, Prigglitz, Austria; 7. ICA, Art Without Borders, Kulmbach, Germany; CHA-2013, The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2012 Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Collection of Desires, Contemporary Estonian Art From Private Collections. Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia; Reproduktionen, Künstraum Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria; NordArt2012, Büdelsdorf, Germany; NOT ONLY, Factory-Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Collective Video Bohai @ Luminale Frankfurt 2012, Frankfurt, Germany; TALLINZ, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria;

2011 Young Painter Prize finalists 2011, Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania; Family, März Project Space, Tallinn, Estonia; Confrontations and Provocations. An Insight into Estonian Contemporary Art, National Museum of Warsaw, Poland and Contemporary Art Museum, Szczecin, Poland, curator Eha Komissarov.

Collaborations in performing arts and contemporary dance

2024 Artist/scenographer for the performance Heroine by Marta Jamsja, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL), Tallinn.

2022 Artist/scenographer for the performance Artefactourism: rumours and ruins, choreographed and performed by Valeria Januškevitš, Keity Pook, Sigrid Savi and Kadri Sirel, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL), Tallinn.

Grants and Awards

2023 – 2025 Artist laureate salary, Estonian Artists Association

2021 Claus Michaletz Preis, POSITIONS Berlin 2021

2019 – 2021 Artist laureate salary, Estonian Artists Association

2019 ISCP-EKKAK residency at ISCP, New York

2018 The Grand Prize in Visual and applied arts, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

2016 Köler Prize grand prix

2014 Annual award in Visual and applied arts, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

2013 Ado Vabbe prize

2008 Eduard Wiiralt Stipend


2023 ArtDialog residency, Bonn (Sept.); Academy of Ceramics Gmunden, Austria (June – August); L’AiR Arts residency program, Paris (June)

2022 Smoke Sauna Residency, Maajaam, Estonia (Tartu 2024), curated by Ann Mirjam Vaikla (November); Launch Pad LaB, France (May – July) 

2019 International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP-EKKAK residency, New York, USA (Oct.-Nov.)

2018 Kunda Cement Museum, Estonia (March)
Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz, Austria (Jan. – Feb.)

2017 Treignac Project, Limousin region, France (July);
Va Space, Isfahan, Iran (April);
Ateliers Höherweg e. V., Düsseldorf, Germany (Jan. – March)

2016 Maebashi Works, Gunma, Japan (Nov. – Dec.);
Shiro Oni Studio, Gunma, Japan (Oct. – Nov.)

2015 AIR Chemin du Bonheur, Hokuto-shi, Japan (May);
Artist-in-Residence Yamanashi, Japan (March – April)

2013 Kunst in der Landschaft 9, Gut Gasteil, Austria (March)

2011 Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria (Nov. – Dec.)

2010 Artist-in-Residence Schloss Laudon, Vienna, Austria (Oct. – Dec.)

Training / Symposiums / Seminars

2024 New Ecologies seminar, Institute for Postnatural Studies

2021 Peer-to-Peer Programme, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

2020 8th International Ceramic Art Symposium, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

2020 International Ceramics Symposion, Kohila, Estonia

2019 Clay 3D Printing Workshop with Jonathan Peter Keep, EKA Summer Academy, Tallinn, Estonia

2017 Entangling Matter and Meaning workshop, Treignac Projet, France

2014 International Ceramics Symposion, Kohila, Estonia

2011 Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg, „Performance and the Performative” with Katrina Daschner

Professional Memberships

2021 forum Kunstuniversität Linz

2021 IG Bildende Kunst

2018 Estonian Ceramists’ Association

2011 Tartu Artists’ Union

2010 Estonian Artists’ Association

Works in collections

2024 OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, Austria

2023 Gmundner Keramik, Austria

2023 VV Foundation, Latvia

2022 Zuzāns Collection, Latvia

2020 Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

2019 Art Museum of Estonia

2018 European Central Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany

2014 Art Museum Bayreuth, Germany

2011 Tartu Art Museum, Estonia


2020 Laura Põld / Katrin Väli, Dirt Song, edited by Laura Põld and Katrin Väli. Tartu Artists’ Association, 2020, 192 p., EE/EN

2016 Laura Põld and Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land, edited by Peeter Talvistu. Tartu Art Museum, 2016, 264 p., EE/EN