“Freedom of Sexpression: Pride, Comics and Tom of Finland” ONLINE

26th June 2020, 6:00 pm

Date(s) - 26th Jun 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (From Kake vol. 16 – “Sex on the Train”), 1974, Pen and ink on paper, 10.75” x 7.88”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, ©1974 Tom of Finland Foundation


Join comics expert Paul Gravett and Tom of Finland Foundation President Durk Dehner in conversation to celebrate Pride – part of #TOMs100 and Islington Word Festival.

TOM OF FINLAND, Portrait of Durk, 1980, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1980-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

Gravett and Dehner will discuss Tom of Finland’s work in publishing, books and comics. They’ll be exploring the tension between Tom’s comics of the 1940s, before censorship laws changed, and his later, more explicit work, followed by a Q&A.

Durk Dehner is the President of Tom of Finland Foundation, which he cofounded with Tom of Finland himself. He co-curated the current exhibition Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation.

Paul Gravett is a curator, lecturer, journalist and broadcaster whose work appears in The GuardianThe TimesThe IndependentThe Daily Telegraph and The Times Literary Supplement. He co-curated two House of Illustration exhibitions: Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective in 2019 and Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics in 2016.




“TOM OF FINLAND Love and Liberation” CLOSED due to pandemic

6th Mar 2020 – 27th Jun 2020 @ All Day –           House of Illustration’s current site at King’s Cross, which has been closed since March due to the pandemic, will not reopen however; since its launch in 2014, it has hosted shows dedicated to artists such as Posy Simmonds and Tom of Finland. “Very sadly, we will not be able to […]

Lockdown learning

  The Word Association – All Change, Key Changes, House of Illustration, Lyrix Organix and Islington Library & Heritage Services – a collective of arts organisations and libraries working in partnership with local communities to celebrate original voices, share stories and connect communities. Word2020 is supported by Islington Council through the Community Festivals Fund and Islington Public… View Article

Published: 26th June 2020

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