Founded by Nobrow in 2012, ELCAF began as a small one day festival designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustration. From its conception in 2012, ELCAF has grown to become one of the leading festivals of its kind in the UK. Attracting over 3,000 visitors annually, ELCAF continues to spotlight emerging talent and celebrate the dynamic community of individual artists and collectives that are pushing the boundaries in their creative fields. There has been an exciting growth in the field of comics and illustration, mediums which have moved from the peripheries into the mainstream focus. ELCAF is not only a platform for practitioners to have their work seen, but is a celebration of the art. Each year, ELCAF invites a selection of guest artists from across the world to deliver a programme of the highest calibre which include talks, exhibitions, masterclasses, and workshops for all ages.

Some ELCAF facts:

  • ELCAF has welcomed 15,000 visitors
  • There have been 3,500 attendees to the talk programmes
  • ELCAF partners with arts institutions to run a series of satellite events before the festival
  • ELCAF has an educational focus, working with local schools and organisations to promote comics and illustration in the community
  • 170 artists participating annually
  • ELCAF integrates a range of art practices into the festival for a fully immersive experience, including screenings and live performances and music by DJs from NTS radio and more.
  • Since its conception in 2012 ELCAF has worked with 350 exhibitors from the UK and abroad



The Festival Team
Festival Founders: Nobrow Press

Nobrow was launched in 2008 by Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro with the aim to provide an independent platform for graphic art, Illustration and art comics in the UK and abroad, to become a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content. Since then, Nobrow have striven to consistently publish books of the highest calibre and quality, both for their form and their content, working with only the best artists and illustrators in the world. In 2012 ELCAF was founded, further developing the Nobrow ethos in providing a platform for the ever growing comics and graphics scene in London, the rest of the UK and internationally, through a fair with a difference.

Ligaya Salazar, Festival Curator/Artistic Director

Ligaya Salazar is a curator, commissioner and writer specialising in contemporary design, fashion and graphics. She curated the V&A contemporary exhibition Yohji Yamamoto in 2011 and Fashion V Sport in 2008. In 2012, she co-curated Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration at the Fashion Space Gallery in London. She devised the V&A Friday Late Program from 2008 – 2010 and a series of fashion-related Friday Lates in Paris in 2012 and curated numerous Friday Late events, including: No Strings in 2011, British Fashion and Pen-Paper-Scissors in 2009 and Crafting Couture in 2007. She is currently Director and Curator at the Fashion Space Gallery. She writes regularly on contemporary design and fashion, is Contributing Editor to Varoom magazine and has recently judged the AOI Illustration Awards 2013.

Joana Filipe, Festival Creative Producer

Joana Filipe is an exhibition designer and curator. She co-founded Silicone Brothers in 2004, a prop-making studio to support artists and designers develop their products. She has created the exhibition design of Future Fabric Exhibition 2011 and 2012. She joined the contemporary programs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010 and curated the Friday Late Archive Live. She co-curated Speed Collaborating for DesignersBlock in 2012, and worked on the exhibition design for Rian: New Directions in Irish Fashion and New Formations: A Fashion Dialogue – part of British Council International Fashion Showcase in 2013.

Ruth Lie, Festival Events Curator

Ruth Lie is a freelance events curator and producer. With a background in architecture followed by an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, she specialises in running creative events and supporting emerging artists and designers from a wide range of disciplines. She joined the contemporary team at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010, managing and curating the V&A Friday Late series from 2012 – 2014, including Sound It Out (2014) with Boiler Room and a series of London ʻTakeoversʼ(2013/2014) focussing on artists in Dalston, Peckham, Hackney Wick and Tottenham.

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