Sirje Helme obtained her MA in art history at Tartu University. In 1998–2002 she was a post-graduate student at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA). She has worked in the publishing house Kunst as editor of the Kunst almanac, editor-in-chief and director of the company, and as director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Since 2005 she has been the director of the Kumu Art Museum. She is a guest professor at Tartu University and the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has published articles both in Estonian and foreign publications; in 1999 her articles were published in the book Lühike eesti kunsti ajalugu (Concise History of Estonian Art (with Jaak Kangilaski)). She has curated numerous exhibitions both in Estonia and abroad (in Poland, Germany, Russia, Lithuania, Belgium, Finland and Sweden; curator of the Estonian exposition at the São Paulo Biennial in 1996; commissar of the Estonian exposition at the Venice Biennial in 1999–2005, etc.) She is a member of several Estonian and international organisations. National awards: Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, 2004; Order of the White Star, 4th class, 2005.