Tickets Now Online

Buckle up buckaroos. Tickets for the festival are now on sale and the programme for the ELCAF season is online. In 2017, we’re bringing another selection of masterclasses to the House of Illustration, free workshops across the UK, an author reception in Bristol plus a solo exhibition by Icinori at Now Gallery and the ‘Rise of Riso’ exhibition at Foyles Charing Cross. Check out the programme page for all info and book yourself in for the festival on 16, 17 & 18 June.

The full festival programme with ticketed talks and free workshops will be live on 1 May.

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AWARD 2017

Launched in 2016, the ELCAF x WeTransfer Award enables an artist in bringing a new project to life. ELCAF continually endeavours to put a spotlight on new works and find ways to support the individuals who form part of the vibrant community of comics, illustration and sequential art. The aim of the ELCAF x WeTransfer Award is to support the development of a publication idea and see it printed, published and promoted. This is an opportunity to be playful. To take a gamble with new ideas. To take an experiment to the extreme.

The grant is open to exhibitors that have been part of any edition of ELCAF and aims to encourage self-publishing.  One successful applicant will receive £3,500 and support to transform their idea into a printed publication, document the process, and share it with audiences at ELCAF 2018. Unfortunately we cannot take submissions from artists who have not previously been, or will be a part of ELCAF. 

ELCAF is taking place on June 16, 17 & 18 at the Round Chapel in East London.

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce a brand new partnership between Foyles x ELCAF. This new collaboration sees the UK’s largest independent bookshop teaming up with the East London Comics & Arts Festival to celebrate some of the best creative talent in the UK. Curated by ELCAF and taking place across Foyles bookstores, the collaboration looks to create new spaces to celebrate artists’ works, run workshops, talks and springboard meetings. The events will take place in Chelmsford, London, Birmingham and Bristol. More info and bookings are now up on their website.

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Icinori Artist in Residence 2017

Icinori take centre stage as ELCAF 2017 artist(s) in residence.

Icinori aka Mayumi Otero & Raphael Urwiller are a french design duo whose passion for design, image and form has seen them publish a staggering body of work. They often experiment with structure, colour and composition to create visual narratives that are thoughtfully considered and beautiful to behold. Having attended every ELCAF since 2012 we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on their work and see their designs bring new life to ELCAF 2017. 

Alongside Icinori, ELCAF is inviting an exciting roster of international artists including Sarah Glidden, Bianca Bagnarelli, Antoine Cossé, It’s Raining Elephants, Anna Haifisch, Max Baitinger, Emily Hughes, Tommi Musturi and many, many more.

On 16, 17 & 18 June ELCAF will be open for another 3 full days of talks, workshops and screenings. Tickets will be available on 4 April 2017.

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Exhibitors Apply Now

THANKS to all who applied to be part of ELCAF 2017. We have now closed the application portal and will be in touch soon. The number of applicants this year has been incredibly high so please bear with us, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


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ELCAF x Illustration Arts Fest

On October 28th ELCAF are flying to Singapore to take part in Illustration Arts Fest. The team will be joined by Jean Jullien, Richard McGuire, Isabel Greenberg and Mattias Adolfson to deliver a series of workshops, talks and panel discussions and celebrate Singapore’s very first festival dedicated illustration.

It’s incredibly exciting to be partnering with a fantastic team over in Singapore who are bringing together exhibitors and artists that create original content in styles and art forms not commonly seen in Asia. To find out about more about the festival, what’s going on, who’s taking part and how to get involved just check in here: www.illustrationartsfest.org

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