COMICS CENTER has moved – NEW LOCATIONS
The office of Finnish Comics Society and a new gallery of comics and illustration art is located at Porthaninkatu 9, Kallio. Open daily Mon–Sat.
Also at Turun Sarjakuvakauppa (Turku Comicbook shop) has a comicbook shop here, with excellent stocks. Kuvittajat (Finnish Illustrators) hosts gallery exhibition together with us.
Kirjaverstas ("Book Workshop") is a new book shop and art event venue at Teurastamo (old Slaughterhouse area), Työpajankatu 2 R4, 00580 Helsinki. Sarjakuvakeskus hosts a section of the bookshop, adults' courses, workshops, events and small exhibitions.
Also at Kirjaverstas: Kuvittajat (Finnish Illustrators), Toukka Lastenkirjakioski (children's bookshop) and Nide bookshop.
Sarjakuvakeskus (for Comics Center in Finnish) was founded in May 2008 to be an open cultural centre for comics and related art.
The Finnish Comics Society is the organisation behind Comics Center. The Society was started in 1971 and it publishes the Sarjainfo magazine, organises events and the annual Helsinki Comics Festival, among other things.
We’re open for public with a shop for comicbooks, T-shirts, posters and more. Art exhibitions are held at Galleria Sarjakuvakeskus. We organise various events and are always open for new ideas.
Apart from adult art courses at Kirjaverstas, Comics Center organises courses for kids, youth and senior citizens at different locations throughout Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. We also organise comics courses on demand.
We teach making comics at courses and workshops, the students of which range from kids to professionals. The courses are longer, with fees, and workshops are generally free to enter. Finnish and international artists visit to hold exhibitions and workshops, also in English. We have a good network of Finnish comics teachers and we also organise courses and pop-up events elsewhere in Finland and abroad.
We specialise in using comics and workshops for the benefit of the differing needs of various groups and organisations. We work with companies and organisations that want to use comics as a means for brainstorming and/or internal and external communication. We also help in getting in touch with suitable people for artists for clients' projects.
The comics method and themed workshops can be used for working with special needs groups. Our teachers have worked with numerous groups ranging from persons with physical and mental dispabilities to prisoners to pensioners. Making comics is a low threshold art activity that can be used for empowerment through telling personal stories, group bonding, communication and small press and web publishing. We believe in comics!
Illustration: Milla Paloniemi
HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL
See also Helsinki Comics Festival – helsinkicomicsfestival.com.
Next up: 2–3 September 2017. Free entry!