Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Applications for Artist's Alley now on!

We're pleased to announce that the applications for the Artist's Alley are now being accepted! 

Please read the entire post for all the details, as there are some important changes this year. 

The first big change that we have to stress is that tables will not be free this year. We're really sorry, but the unfortunate reality is that even though Dee-Con is a free event, it costs a lot to run. Don't freak out though, we think the pricing plan for tables is very reasonable, and will only cost the average seller £5. We're not making money from you, all the income from tables goes directly into funding the event. By agreeing to pay for tables you directly contribute to the running of Dee-Con, and we're very grateful. We'll do everything we can to make your day as streamlined, easy and enjoyable as possible. 

On that note, if you're selling things you've made yourself (prints, artwork, clothing, keychains etc.) read below. If you're selling commercial items that you have not made (imported goods, plushies, clothing etc.) please slip to the "Commercial goods sellers" section further down.  

Hand-made sellers:

In order to cover the costs of hiring and transporting 60 tables, each seller will be required to pay £5 on the day of the event. Please ensure you bring something with your name on it (ID, bank card, student card) so we can confirm your table booking and payment. 

In order to apply, please read the following.

- Email exhibitors@dee-con.com and include the following:
          - Full name.
          - Examples of your work (We accept links to DeviantArt, Flickr, Etsy or email attachments)
          - Contact telephone number (preferably mobile number)
          - Acknowledgement that you will be required to pay £5 on the day of the event.

- You will receive a reply on the 8th of February to confirm if you've got a table. This will contain all the details  you'll need to arrive and set up on the day. Tables will be given on a first come first serve basis. Please don't keep contacting us to ask why you've not received a reply until after the 8th of February at the earliest.

- The application process will be ongoing until a week or two before the event, providing there are still tables available. We'll let you know when tables are sold out.

- Applications are on a table by table basis, assistants/friends sharing a table is absolutely fine but please inform us in your application if you are sharing. If the other person is also selling, please include their details and work examples in your email. You will only be asked for one payment of £5 per table.

- Table dimensions are roughly 6ft by 2.5ft. Table cloths are not supplied, we advise bringing one as the table surface can be quite slippery. 

That's pretty much everything you need to know, if you've got any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. There's additional contact details at the bottom. 

Commercial goods sellers:

Commercial sellers include people selling non hand made goods such as imported plushies, backpacks, badges, clothing and merchandise. This does not include officially licensed retailers and partners, if you're a licensed retailer interested in having a stall at Dee-Con please contact management@Dee-Con.com with "Licensed Retailer" in the subject line and we can put you in contact with The Union. 

Independent commercial goods sellers will be required to pay £30 per table in advance of the event. This is due to the fact that these stalls make considerably more money than those selling hand made artwork, and an increased table fee helps balance the cost. However, these tables will have priority placement in the venue. 

If you're interested in reserving a table for this purpose;

- Please email management@Dee-Con.com with "Independent Retailer" in the subject line, and include the following:
          - Full name.
          - A rough example of what you will be selling.
          - How many tables you require (max. 2 per person) 
          - Contact telephone number (preferably mobile number).
          - Acknowledgement that you will be required to pay £30 in advance of the event. 

- We will reply to you as soon as possible with payment details. We're currently looking into setting up a PayPal account to safely handle these transactions. 

- After payment has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of the event. As stated previously, your tables will have priority placement in the venue. 

For everybody:

We hope that was informative, but if anything isn't clear please contact the relevant email addresses.

For general enquiries or information, please drop us an email at info@Dee-Con.com and we'll reply as soon as possible, alternatively you can reach is via Facebook.

Also, our brand new website www.dee-con.com is now live! We'll be updating it periodically with line up details, guests, events, timetables and all sorts of info and goodies. Get it bookmarked! 

See you on the 7th of April =D 

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