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ELCAF Season

The ELCAF season is a series of satellite events taking place across the UK in the lead up to the main festival. We will once again be populating the spaces at NOW Gallery, House of Illustration and Hackney Central Library with workshops and exhibitions, and in 2017 a new partnership with Foyles, the UK's largest independent bookshop, will see workshops pop up across the UK. Things to look out for this ELCAF Season: - Masterclasses at the House of Illustration - 'The Rise of Riso', an international exhibition and showcase - Springboard meetings - 'The Island', solo exhibition by Icinori at NOW Gallery - 'How the Make an Island' workshop by Icinori - Drop-in workshop at Hackney Central Library - ELCAF in collaboration with Studio K and Discover Young Hackney; bringing art to local schools in East London with a new outreach programme.

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The Island: An Icinori Exhibition

May 19 / 10:00 am - June 25 / 7:00 pm

ELCAF and NOW Gallery present: The Island, a site-specific, interactive storytelling experience for all ages imagined and created by French illustrator duo Icinori. As visitors step into the story, they begin their journey told through a three-dimensional landscape, characters and words. Along the way they will pick up clues and will find an ending revealed by looking into the centre of the island. The installation explores the possibilities of storytelling and puts the public in the middle of the narrative, hinting at the importance of imagination and flights of fancy.

We are extremely honoured to have Icinori as this year’s ELCAF artists-in-residence. Icinori, aka Mayumi Otero & Raphael Urwiller, are a French duo whose collaborative efforts have seen them illustrate, design, print and publish works across a range of mediums.


PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 18 MAY (18.00 – 21.00)

Katie Johnston (Day Job Studio) : Shapely Stories

May 31 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Come and throw some shapes in this collage and ink workshop with Day Job Studio Illustrator Katie Johnston. Using a single sheet of paper, create your own zine based on a playful exploration of how shapes can generate narrative, pattern and landscape. Katie Johnston is a multi-disciplinary illustrator based between London and Berlin. Her work ranges from editorial illustration to collaborative projects that challenge the traditional role of image maker. Her research centres around play, science, place and pattern.

Hackney Central Library, FREE

Paul Layzell (Layzell Bros): Masterclass £25

June 2 / 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Aimed at illustrators and animators with an interest in storytelling, this Masterclass with Paul Layzell from Layzell Bros will run through the basics of creating an animatic, bringing your ideas to life on screen. Create your own animatic short by looking at story structure basics, camera shots and moves, drawing and editing. The day will culminate in pitching your own storyboard to the rest of the group to gain valuable feedback! Please note: participants will be required to bring a laptop/drawing tablet with Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Premier or Toon Boom Storyboard Pro to take part in the editing section of the workshop, along with headphones.


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Nous Vous Workshop

June 3 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Foyles X ELCAF present Nous Vous. Invent your own elephant guests and create your own rooms at The Elephant Hotel with Nous Vous. Nous Vous are a studio made up of artists and friends – Jay Cover, William Luz and Nicolas Burrows. They collaborate on a broad range of projects, from illustration & graphic design commissions to exhibitions, curatorial work, publishing and teaching. The Elephant Hotel, a book by Nicolas Burrows, is the winning entry and result of the ELCAF Award 2016, which enables artists to realise their creative vision through a grant which supports and transforms an idea into a printed publication.

11.00 – 12.00, FREE with booking

The Rise of Riso

June 8 / 9:30 am - July 10 / 9:00 pm

This exhibition explores the riso printing process and its rise in popularity as a low-cost medium for self-publishers and illustrated publications. A risograph is a stencil duplicator, a mechanised imprint using a screen that allows ink to be passed through. Similar in speed, shape and interface to a photocopier, but with the tactile print of a lithograph or screen-print, it has become a popular medium for graphic prints, small-scale zines and books. Part of the ELCAF x Foyles season, it will focus on seven international riso printing studios and small publishers including Hato Press, UK; Inuit, Italy; Peow, Sweden and Howdy Printer, US that have produced comics, sequential illustration and other graphic narratives.


PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 7 JUNE (18.30 – 20.30)

Springboard Meetings

June 10 / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ELCAF x Foyles will offer an afternoon of Springboard meetings, giving you the chance to book a meeting with an industry expert, show your work, ask questions and gain an insight into the professional creative industries of comics and narrative illustration. Each expert is available for an hour, divided into 15 minute slots of which you can book for free. Links to bookings will be available soon.

15.00 – 18.00, FREE with booking.

List of experts taking part are:

Olivia Ahmad, Curator at the House of Illustration

Casiana Ionita, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Press

James Wilson, Co-founder & Creative Director of Minilab Studios

Camille Pichon, Senior Designer at Nobrow

John Walters, Editor of Eye Magazine

Antoine Cosse, Professional Illustrator

Ruth Lie, Events Curator at ELCAF

Catharine Brandy, Commissioner and Design Manager at Royal Mail

Alli Albion, Blink Ink Animation

Andy Oliver, Editor in Chief at Broken Frontier

Tamayo Akiyama, Professional Illustrator

Guillaume Rater, Editorial and Production Manager at Self Made Here

David White, Publisher at Avery Hill

Lucie Campos, Head of Books and Humanities, L’Institut Francais

Darryl Clifton, Design Programme Director, Camberwell College of Arts

Sophie Dauvois, Editor, OKIDO

James Jessiman, Professional Illustrator and tutor at Kingston University

Martin Coyler, Designer and Commissioner, former design director at Reader’s Digest

Rebecca Watson, Art Director, OKIO

Isabel Duarte, Designer, Art Review

Carrie Reese, Kickstarter

Joao Fazenda, Professional Illustrator

Lou Bones, Association of Illustrators

Ziggy Hanaor, Publisher, Cicada Books

Simon Hacking, co-founder of Breakdown Press

Angie Yuanmalai, Associate Creative Director, SapientNitro – Digital Storytelling Agency




Emily Hughes: Masterclass £20

June 12 / 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join children’s book author and illustrator Emily Hughes in a day-long Masterclass exploring layered meanings and perspectives through storytelling. Through dimensions, colour and choice symbolic elements, learn to create sequential images that use layers to create complexity within a narrative. Emily Hughes is an author and illustrator whose picture books have received international recognition. Wild was published by Flying Eye books in 2013, and her book Nana shaped like a Banana came second in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Childrens’ Picture Books.


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Bianca Bagnarelli: Masterclass £20

June 15 / 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join Italian-French artist, author, illustrator and cartoonist Bianca Bagnarelli in our third Masterclass of the season and gain an in depth understanding of the processes behind her work. Create a single-page comic over the course of the day and develop your composition, discovering how strongly this is tied to the story being told. Bianca Bagnarelli is the author of short graphic novel Fish by Nobrow, winning the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for best short story in 2015. She founded Delebile in 2010 – a small independent label that publishes short comic stories by italian and foreign artists


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