We’ve been quietly plotting and planning and are excited to announce a small, free, online ELCAF programme for ELCAF 2020!
Inspired by a ‘need for change’, there will be opportunities to pause and reflect on an unusual year that has forced a real shift in most of us. Through comics and narrative illustration we will explore topics that are important to us right now and cover key conversations for the industry such as; careers and education, gender and race, protest, wellness and more.
This year has meant many changes for us, and the world around us. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the community and listen to current conversations. We want to see if we can offer a space for reflection and inspiration, political and thought provoking dialogue… and a nudge towards inspiring self-care and community collaboration!
So, please keep an eye out on our Instagram page over the next month. There will be ELCAF DJ playlists on a Monday, free downloadable workshops on a Tuesday and in-conversations on a Friday interspersed with some wicked takeovers and exhibitor spotlights. We’ll end July with the exciting release of our free ELCAF Zine, featuring work from some of the amazing artists who would have been exhibiting this year.
Don’t worry if you miss out on the day – all of the digital events and resources will be available after release here and through the links on our Instagram account. Please note all live events will be retrospectively subtitled for accessibility and archived on our platforms.
We would like to thank Arts Council England, who have fully funded this programme. Whilst everything in the programme is free, we’re also offering the option to make a charitable donation below. 100% of proceeds made from donations will be split between two important causes; 50% will go to the Black Lives Matter initiative, and 50% of proceeds to the Hackney Winter Night Shelter. More details about these charities can be found below.
We hope you enjoy it our mini programme as much as we have putting it together!
Much love, the ELCAF team x
If you are enjoying ELCAF’s online content for 2020 and feel able to make a charitable contribution to Black Lives Matter and The Hackney Winter Night Shelter please donate here:
All proceeds made from the voluntary donation button will be split between two important causes; 50% will go to the Black Lives Matter initiative, and 50% of proceeds to the Hackney Winter Night Shelter. See below for more info about both charities.
BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy they are winning immediate improvements in the lives and representations of Black and BAME populations the world over.
Hackney Winter Night Shelter has been opening doors to homeless people in the borough since 1996 and in recent years often work from the Round Chapel and School Rooms in Clapton. Each year they fill over 3,500 beds from the start of November to the end of March, helping around 70 people every year to find more stable accommodation and working with volunteers and dedicated advocates to offer supportive services for the homeless including information on access to work, financial and legal support, as well as healthcare and educational services. HWNS also now offers a year-round shelter in Hackney for women, which throughout the coronavirus crisis has offered accommodation to homeless during lockdown.