ARTIST ALLEY - WHAT's THAT?

In an Artist Alley, you'll find an amazing showcase of artists celebrating all things pop culture! These artists create original and fan art including but not limited to: comic books, art prints, novels, jewellery, clothing and homewares.

DO I QUALIFY FOR AN ARTIST ALLEY STAND?

The artist alley is a space for independent artists who are producing either:

  1. self-made artwork in the form of comics, prints, cards, posters or other printed paper-based media,
  2. self-written and self-published novels or writings in book/comic form or
  3. handmade and designed jewellery, apparel or homewares. Artists may not sell a commercial amount of any product or sell any product that was not primarily drawn/designed (and handmade/constructed where appropriate) by themselves.

For the full Terms & Conditions, please click here: Artist Alley Terms & Conditions

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process must be completed for each artist/art group. Once applications are closed, your application will be reviewed by a panel of curators. Once the curators have completed reviewing the submitted portfolios, all artists will be notified of their status.

SUBMITTING YOUR PORTFOLIO

Upon applying, we ask that you provide a current portfolio of your work to assist in the judging process. Your portfolio should clearly display a sample of the items you would be intending to sell at Comic Con Africa. Your portfolio is what your application is judged on, so the better it represents your business the better. Your portfolio can be presented as a dedicated website, Facebook page or slideshow, as long as it clearly only shows your original work. For authors we ask that you provide cover art, a synopsis and the first chapter of your novel.

WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR PORTFOLIO 

Your application will be accepted based on your portfolio, so be sure it clearly displays your work. If you are submitting a social media page (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.) then those pages need to clearly show your own work. If you are a print artist, digital versions of your works are acceptable. If you sell physical items, clear images of the items are best. Your portfolio can also include images of your table/booth/space setup. Your portfolio should best represent what you intend to display or sell at your table. 

CURATION CRITERIA

Quality is the single biggest factor taken into consideration in the curation process, but Artist Alley curators will also place a high value on work that is original, highly distinctive or new. 

PAYMENT: R 2650,00 EXCL. VAT PER TABLE

Once notified of acceptance into the 2019 Comic Con Africa Artist Alley, artists are required to pay the full amount owed for space within 14 days. Applications may only be made for single tables in 2019, and if space permits artists interested in additional tables will be given that option.

DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES

Applications will close approximately 10 weeks before the event or when space has been booked out, with all applicants contacted of their status approximately 8 weeks before the event, to allow time for accommodation and transport to be booked. The payment due date will be 2 weeks after receiving your application acceptance.

  • Phase 1 Application Deadline:     25 Jan 2019
  • Phase 1 Notifications:     1 February 2019
  • Phase 2 Application Deadline:     19 April 2019
  • Phase 2 Notifications:     26 April 2019
  • Phase 3 Application Deadline:     21 June 2019
  • Phase 3 Notifications:     28 June 2019
  • Final Phase Application Deadline:     1 August 2019
  • Final Phase Notifications:     8 August 2019

 

CONTACT US

For more information on the Comic Con Africa Artist Alley please contact us at, info@ComicConAfrica.co.za. While we are able to respond to most requests, no feedback or comments will be offered to applicants about their specific applications and all judging decisions are final.