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The 6th East London Comic and Arts Festival will take place on the 16th, 17th and 18th June 2017 at The Round Chapel (formerly known as the Clapton Park United Reformed Church) in Hackney – the same venue as ELCAF 2016. Unlike the last edition however, the whole festival will now take place at the Round Chapel and the School Rooms only.

As always, ELCAF aims to showcase the plethora of talent in the comics and narrative illustration scene in London and beyond, hosting exciting artists, collectives and publishers alongside three days of workshops and talks. In addition, the ELCAF Season begins in April, with workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and springboard meetings programmed in the lead up to the Festival itself..

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable people to play a key role in helping us make our Festival the best experience possible, by supporting us in the install/de-install, the delivery of the events programme, assisting visitors and getting generally stuck into the preparations for the big day.

How can you get involved?

In the lead up to the Festival

  1. Exhibition preparation

We will be producing two exhibitions; one at Foyles (Charing Cross store), and one at Now Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula).

-We will need support with the installation of artworks, painting and making good.  


  • 11th, 12th and 15th,16th,17th May: Install at Greenwich Gallery (NOW Gallery)4th, 5th, 6th June: Install at Foyles Charing Cross
  1. We will also require support in putting up posters and making signage and general administrative tasks. Specifically in the week commencing the 29th of May, we will need help with distributing flyers in the local area.


  • Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th of June : Broadway Market and local area : flyering
  • 12th, 13th June: Nobrow Headquarters helping with signage and general admin tasks

We would prefer if you could volunteer per day or half day, but please let us know your availability so that we can accommodate this. Festival weekend (16th, 17th and 18th June)

We need people to support our workshop and talks programme. This includes (but not restricted to); set up/clearing away assistance, assisting workshop leaders, and engaging the general public . You will also play a vital part in on-the-day preparations and delivery, helping ELCAF staff, directing participants to their positions, helping out with crowd control, ticket sales, admin tasks and general assistance. At the end of day three, we will need help dismantling the main structures of the festival, moving tables and chairs, packing workshop equipment, and assisting stallholders.

Please note: due to the nature of working at a Festival, we operate with an ‘all hands on deck’ approach and as such, we urge you to come with a flexible and positive outlook to getting stuck into all tasks!

Volunteers for these key roles are needed in shifts as per below:

  • Thursday 15th June : Delivery,prep of equipment and install in several Festival spaces (Nobrow Headquarters and Round Chapel/School Rooms):

2.00 pm – 7.00 pm

  • Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, and Sunday 18th June : Hosts, Workshop support, Talks support, Screening support, Public engagement, other

Please note: you will be required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your shift starting for a briefing with your team leader.

Friday 16th June –  

TEAM LEADER SHIFT: 10.00am – 7.00pm (to include 45 min lunch break at 1.00pm) : (if you are applying for this role, please state any relevant experience and why you would like to apply)

SHIFT 1: 11.00am – 3.00pm Shift 1

SHIFT 2: 3.00pm – 7.00pm Shift 2

SHIFT 3: 6.30pm – 9:30 pm Shift 3

Saturday 17th June-

TEAM LEADER SHIFT: 10.30am – 7.30pm (to include 45 min lunch break at 1.30pm) : (if you are applying for this role, please state any relevant experience and why you would like to apply)

SHIFT 1: 11.00 am – 3 pm

SHIFT 2: 3.00pm – 7:30pm  

  • Sunday 18th June –

TEAM LEADER SHIFT: 11.00am – 8.00pm (to include 45 min lunch break at 2.00pm) : (if you are applying for this role, please state any relevant experience and why you would like to apply)

SHIFT 1: 11.30 am – 3.30 pm SHIFT 2: 3.30pm – 8:00pm

Please state your preference when writing to us.

After the event

We need people to support with the de-install of the festival (please note, this will be a highly physical task and you will need to wear comfortable clothes!).

Monday 19th June:

SHIFT : – 10.00am – 6.00pm

About you

We  are looking for hands-on, friendly and approachable volunteers who are willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into all kinds of activities. You will be happy dealing with the public and have a passion for illustration and comics. Ideally you have some experience in workshop support, installation work, or have worked in events.


You will receive a briefing prior to the event to include a walk through of the venue so you have all the information you need to be able to carry out your role.  The date and time of this will be confirmed closer to the event.


We offer free entry to the Festival for all three days, one special ELCAF 2017 T-shirt per volunteer, one ELCAF 2017 tote bag and a voucher of £10 for you to spend at Nobrow. On the day of the festival we will offer lunch and light refreshments. More information will be provided on sign up.

How to apply

Please fill out the following doodle form with your availability: http://doodle.com/poll/yvuxx3d5uc2b62vi

Please ALSO register your interest by e-mailing: volunteers_elcaf@nobrow.net. Please include the following details:


Contact details (email and phone number)

Availability (via doodle form),


T-shirt size

What activities in the festival you would most like to get involved with (we cannot guarantee you will be allocated your choice but we will do our best!).

Registration deadline: Monday 15 MAY

Find out more about ELCAF here.



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