The Estonian Art Doll House opened in May 2010 in the House of Mauritius, the oldest building in Tallinn. The building where the Art Doll House is located has a historical connection to the world of dolls.
The Art Doll House started its activities with the international exhibition “Discover the World of Art Dolls” where approximately 150 dolls from Russia, Estonia, Germany, USA, Japan, Italy and other countries were displayed, Estonian and foreign artists held masterclasses, and many other interesting events took place.
One of the goals of the Art Doll House is to popularise doll art in Estonia. There is an active museum in the Estonian Doll Art House; exhibitions and masterclasses are being organised.
Svetlana Pchelnikova and Tarvi Pink, the cofounders of the Estonian Art Doll House organised a charity project called “Dolls with a Heart” in Estonia. It is similar to Svetlana Pchelnikova’s other charity project “Parade of Star Dolls” which became very popular in Russia. The goal of the project was to collect funds and aid for children in need of expensive medical treatment. Many famous people (politicians, businessmen, actors, artists, musicians and writers) supported Svetlana’s initiative. They made dolls with their own hands under the guidance of experienced masters, and sold the dolls in auctions.
The new project “Dolls with a Heart” is intended to collect treatment funds for children in Estonian hospitals. Evelin Ilves, the wife of the President of Estonia has already joined this virtuous initiative.