Downloads: The ELCAF Zine & Workshops

Throughout July we’ve  added a series of workshop resources below for you to download and enjoy and here’s were you can grab a copy of our ELCAF Zine – A Need for Change – enjoy!


Our very first ELCAF Zine is here – you can now download ‘A Need for Change’ here

Centered around the subjects of Wellness, Rest & Care, Proactivity & Productivity and Thought & Activism. The artists that would have been exhibitors at our festival this summer have contributed generously to make this piece of work possible – and we’re so excited to make it available to you as we come to the end of our one month free programme for ELCAF 2020!

This work has been made possible with the help of Arts Council funding, and with the contribution of existing works. If you feel able when you download the zine for free please consider making a charitable donation below. All proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter and The Hackney Winter Night Shelter please donate here:

Much love, the ELCAF team!


This week’s free workshop – ‘Make a Recycled River Food Chain’ by Seed Magazeen is now available to download!

Learn how to make the animals in a food chain using egg cartons and old rubbish found around the house, and help to create a balanced eco-system. Perfect for kids aged 4-7 (or channel your inner kid and get involved!).

SEED Magazeen is run by Jack Snelling and Lizzie Lomax and is based around green & environmental ideas learnt through play. You can purchase the beautiful, riso printed magazine for kids on the SEED Magazeen website.

Download here: Make a Recycled River Food Chain

Please remember to Donate using the link down below if you’re enjoying our free content and feel able! x



This week at ELCAF we’re celebrating women of colour in comics and illustration.

You can now download and take a quick quiz by New York based collective, Spicy Mango Comics; learn more about underrepresented Black and Brown women artists in publishing and comics before following the instructions to create your own illustrated zine from your research!

Download here: Who is My Zine Femme-Cestor?

Illustrations by Daisy Ruiz, Research and Quiz Questions by Julia Mata, Quiz Design Layout by Rachelle Hall.

Please remember to Donate using the link down below if you’re enjoying our free content and feel able! x




For our Second Workshop instalment you can now download a free zine making workshop ‘How to Make a Zine Without an Audience’ – it’s been made by our long time ELCAF friend and Hong Kong based artist Charlene Man – with exercises that explore belief, emotion, and what you truly care about!

Download here: How to Make a Zine Without an Audience

And here you can download Charlene’s finished example ZineVote for Coriander

Please remember to Donate using the link down below if you’re enjoying our free content and feel able 🙂 x





For our first instalment we’ve partnered with House of Illustration and commissioned illustrator Peony Gent to create two secondary school packs – an ‘Introduction to Comics’ and ‘Comics in the Curriculum’. These free and incredibly designed resources can now be downloaded below, please feel free to share far and wide!

Designed especially for 11-14 year olds, they are a brilliant introduction into comics, and perfect for anyone currently homeschooling. Having said this – also great for anyone looking for some fun drawing prompts!

Peony Gent is a firm favourite of ours – her delicate, narrative style is easily recognisable. A regular ELCAF exhibitor, she’s previously run workshops and taken part in panel discussions for the festival. She is also currently House of Illustration’s 2020 Artist In Residence.

Download here: Introduction to Comics

Download here: Comics in the Curriculum




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.
@blklivesmatter #blacklivesmatter 

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.





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