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ELCAF aims to celebrate the thriving community of artists we work with by making our events as inclusive as possible. Although a number of our talks are ticketed, we try to offer as much as we can for free in the hope that more of you lovely lot will be able to attend. All free talks and workshops are offered on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are limited so if you see something you like make sure you come early! QR codes will be scanned so please print your ticket or have it up on your phone on entry. Under 16's get in free.

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Studio Dreams: ELCAF x Nobrow 10 Workshops and Panel discussions

May 27 / 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Nobrow, they have created a special 10th edition of the Nobrow magazine and invited 70 artists to create illustrations within the theme of “Studio Dreams”.  We have teamed up with to create a series of ELCAF events that open up the discussion of creative spaces and how the environment in which we work affects what we make. Join illustrators Katie Harnett, Joe Todd-Stanton, Jim Stoten and Ben Newman at Hay Festival as they discuss their work for the Nobrow magazine and create their ideal workspace as though the sky was their limit!

These events are ticketed, please check the Hay Festival website for tickets.

 




Design For Today – The Squeeze Book

June 22 / 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Alex Barrow and Joe Pearson from Design For Today will talk about their joint inspiration for illustration, design and how they have collaborated on The Squeeze Book, an illustrated guide to accordion music around the world. Alex is art director of Okido Magazine, a fine accordion player, and illustrator of several successful children’s books for Tate publishing and Thames & Hudson.

FREE with ELCAF ALL ACCESS TICKET

Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Akvile Magicdust – Tropical Wildchilds

June 22 / 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Lithuanian illustrator, comics creator, and winner of Last year’s WeTransfer Award, Akvile Magicdust, will share the process of creating her newest comic book Tropical Wildchilds at ELCAF this year whilst discussing her inspirations and the differences between creating personal and commercial work.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




AOI Discusses: Creating your Own Success

June 22 / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the AOI’s Lou Bones with illustrators Patrick Kyle, Aisha Franz and Barbara Malagoli to discuss the real challenges around pursuing personal work whilst expanding your career through diverse routes in print, self-publishing, online, 3D and more. Not just pens for hire, the speakers will draw on real examples and share their experiences of how they have turned their personal work into commercially viable projects, as well as sharing practical tips before opening up a Q&A session.

FREE with ELCAF ALL ACCESS TICKET

Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Conor Stechschulte – Comics in Twilight

June 23 / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Comics are an artistic practice situated between the daylight of text and the darkness of image… or is it the other way around? Conor Stechschulte, author of The Amateurs (Fantagraphics) and Generous Bosom (Breakdown Press), will talk about the ways in which he attempts to take advantage of this in-betweeness inherent in the hybrid language of comics. Topics discussed may include: darkness, vagueness, flickering, fear, desire, amnesia, anamnesis, the woods, the water, reflection and his favourite kind of pencil.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Aisha Franz – Work-Life-Balance

June 23 / 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Berlin based artist Aisha Franz will read an excerpt of her comic series “work-life-balance” and talk about how balancing work and a personal life as an artist – and human, and woman – really is… Not always as fun and fulfilling as some with ‘conventional jobs’ may assume it to be, but a subject that proves to be great inspiration for her work and an ideal topic for thoughtful comedy!

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Tor Brandt – Spiritual Minimalism

June 23 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Danish illustrator and comics artist Tor Brandt as he give an an introduction to his work and his minimalist style  that over time has developed to consist of bold shapes in a restricted colour palette. Tor will discuss how he cuts everything down to its bare bone and strives to have as few elements as possible in his images, and how he believes this process in his work amounts to a spiritual practice.

FREE with  ELCAF ALL ACCESS TICKET

Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Nina Cosco – How to Not be Bored

June 23 / 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

French visual artist Nina Cosco creates tapestries, drawings, ceramics, creative writing and illustrations from her studio in Belgium. Introducing a wide range of different media to express herself she will explain which elements trigger  inspiration and how they act as platforms to incorporate serious subjects into her work – reflecting on her practice as a colourful research that can reveal fascinating insights into society today.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Comics and Routes into Publishing hosted by Broken Frontier

June 23 / 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Broken Frontier head up a panel looking at routes into publishing for aspiring comics creators and how they can raise the profile of their practice. Chaired by Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver with panellists Ricky Miller, Avery Hill Publishing; Tom Oldham of Breakdown Press and Small Press specialist at Gosh! Comics; graphic novelist EdieOP and self-publisher Sabba Khan.

17:30 – 18:45 FREE with  ELCAF ALL ACCESS TICKET

Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.

 




Patrick Kyle – Working Without a Predetermined End

June 23 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Patrick Kyle – author of graphic novels Black Mass (Mother Books), Distance Mover, Don’t Come in Here and Everywhere Disappeared (Koyama Press) – joins us to discuss a working philosophy coined by Chicago Imagist Barbara Rossi: How “Working Without a Predetermined End” has helped him maintain and develop his practice as an illustrator, cartoonist and fine artist over the past 10 years.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Luke Healy – The Book as a Medium

June 24 / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Luke Healy will talk about the possibilities available when artists stop thinking of comics as a medium, and start to consider the book as a medium. He will give a brief history of artist books, mini-comics, and the ways cartoonists past and present have challenged, and continue to challenge the comic book format.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Sammy Stein – La Bohème

June 24 / 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

In french, the expression “La bohème” refers to a way of living from day to day in carelessness, in search of an artistic ideal. Sammy Stein, who lives and works in Paris, reflects on his artistic practices of drawing, publishing – Collection Revue and international comics anthology Lagon Revue – curating exhibitions, binding comics and more and asks, is this la vie bohème in 2018?

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Charlotte Dumortier – Powerful First Lines

June 24 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join ELCAF’s artists in residence Charlotte Dumortier who will be talking about powerful first lines; the spontaneity and playfulness of a first sketch; and how to try to preserve this in a final drawing by trusting yourself and your intuition. She will take you through some tricks and techniques as well as discussing constraints, collaborations and the illustration scene in Antwerp.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Daniel Locke – Out of Nothing

June 24 / 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Daniel Locke, the artist behind the new epic graphic novel Out of Nothing, as he discusses his collaborative writing partnership with fellow artist David Blandy about the formation of the solar system, the death of the last star in the universe and the invention of Hip-Hop.

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Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




Studio Dreams: ELCAF x Nobrow 10 Panel Talk

June 24 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Alexandra Zsigmond and artists Eleni Karlokoti, Jim Stoten and Grace Helmer to discuss the 10th anniversary edition of the Nobrow magazine, in which 70 artists have created illustrations within the theme of “Studio Dreams”.  Opening up the discussion of creative spaces and how the environment in which we work affects what we make, Zsigmond will reflect on the artists contributions to Nobrow 10.

FREE with ELCAF ALL ACCESS TICKET

Please note all talks have limited seat capacity and will be available on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee a place with your ticket so please be at talks early to secure a seat.




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