Tom of Finland – emerging artist competition
The 11th emerging artist competition hosted by the Tom of Finland Foundation is underway.
The competition provides an unrestrained platform for artists to truly express what is in their minds and hearts, and gives emerging artists the unique opportunity to have their work viewed and judged by a group of highly respected professionals.
“In actively mentoring emerging artists, being guardians of culture, and providing safe environments that nurture growth and blossoming of a broader context of visual erotic arts, we honour the legacy of Tom of Finland – a legacy that has inspired generations of young homosexuals…” says Durk Dehner from the Tom of Finland Foundation.
The main requirement for entering the Competition is that the artist is not already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality. Entered artwork may be photographs, drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, three-dimensional art, digital art, or mixed media.
“Artists create what they see…” says S.R. Sharp from the Tom of Finland Foundation. “It is without trepidation that their works are seen. Sexuality is a nourishing element in a whole being. The art of Tom of Finland embodies an era of freedom. This competition gives a remarkable opportunity for new artists to show their complete self and be recognised by others.”
For this year’s competition, submissions must be received by the closing date of 31 August, with the winner to be announced in September.