Tom of Finland artwork
Tom of Finland artwork
28th September - 19th October
Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 6pm
Apart from 10th – 13th October, 10am - 6pm
Cross Lane Projects, Cross Lane, Kendal
Free entry strictly 18+
“My aim is not to create an ideal but to draw beautiful men who love each other and are proud of it.”
LICAF is proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom of Finland; the world’s best loved queer artist, comics creator and gay icon.
From the 1940s Tom pushed the boundaries of gay erotic art, creating a new type of comic that inspired a generation of gay men to celebrate their sexuality.
Let’s Go Camping with Tom of Finland has been curated with the Tom of Finland Foundation and Cross Lane Projects and charts his career, including the famous Kake comics and some of the less well known titles, including Camping and soccer comic, Dick.
The exhibition will also explore the work of artists inspired by Tom of Finland, including renowned artist, Michael Kirwan.
This is a unique exhibition and part of the official Tom of Finland Centenary celebrations, supported by the Finnish Institute.
LICAF has produced a series of fine art prints and a unique publication featuring an entire reprint of Tom’s football comic, Dick, to accompany the exhibition.
These have been created in partnership with the Tom of Finland Foundation, LICAF and Cross Lane Projects and support the work of all three organisations.
Let’s Go Camping with Tom of Finland includes frank and explicit erotic content and admission is restricted to those aged 18 or over.
// Related event: Tom of Finland: a personal perspective
Saturday 12 October, 12.30 - 1.30pm
Cross Lane Projects Gallery
Free with festival pass
A rare opportunity to welcome and listen to Durk Dehner, Founder Director of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, in conversation with Paul Gravett. A unique opportunity to delve deeper into the extraordinary life and works of this gay icon and superlative cartoonist and to find out more about how his legacy lives on.
// Related event: Tom of Finland (2017) | (18) 114mins with special introduction
Saturday 12 October, 8.15pm
BAC Theatre, £6
Touko Laaksonen returns home to Finland from the harrowing experiences of World War II, but life during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals and finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men.
His work became the emblem of a generation of men and made famous his signature 'Tom of Finland'.
“A fascinating and fitting tribute to a true subversive gay hero.” - Paper Magazine