Artist Market - General
The SMASH! Artist Market is a space for artists from all over to sell, exhibit, and showcase their unique talents and creativity. This includes but is not limited to Prints, Stickers, Pins, Digital Artwork, CDs, Music, Photo album & a table for Idols to Meet & Greet their fans.
You are allowed to sell your own fanart or original art. You are not permitted to sell mass-produced merchandise or official anime merchandise. We also have strict policies against selling copy-paste work and stolen artworks.
The cost of a Full Table package is $390.00 AUD (Including GST).
A Full Table package includes two (2) passes, two (2) chairs and a backing wall. No tablecloth will be supplied this year.
A Full Table is 1.8m x 0.75m.
The Full Table package comes with two (2) passes. Only one (1) additional pass can be purchased at $55.00 AUD (including GST).
We will be continuing with a juried system for the SMASH! 2023 Artist Market. All submitted applications will be evaluated with final judgments based on a set criteria that is fair for all. Early submission of an application will not guarantee a table spot.
We believe in being open about the criteria of our juried selection process. The most important factors in the evaluation of applications include:
- Adherence to SMASH! Artist Market Rules and Guidelines, with removal of any incomplete or duplicate applications.
- Diversity of product offerings, merchandise, and mediums. We believe a variety of media within the population of artists will benefit both attendees and artists.
- Professionalism. Your application should exhibit a level of care that assures the jurors that you will bring quality content to SMASH!
- Relevance to SMASH! as a family-friendly anime and manga convention. Rather than relevance to our theme for the year, it is regarding relevance to our target audience.
- Quality of portfolio. This does not refer to having a unique artistic style but rather the clarity and completeness of your portfolio. Jurors are looking to see if your art meets the minimum technical skill for selling in a professional arena.
Applications will be taken from Tuesday 15 March 2023 to Monday 4th April 2023 at 5:00 pm (AEST). It is the applicant’s responsibility to take time in filling out the form and ensure it is submitted in the most complete and error-free manner possible. Careful attention should be paid to the email and social media fields to make sure there are no misspellings.
Once the application period is closed, applicants can expect to receive table offers or waiting list notifications via email by Mid April 2023.
There are many reasons why an application may have not been accepted (or waitlisted). This includes (but is not limited to) incomplete applications, misspelled emails, but more than anything a large number of qualified applicants. Unfortunately, table spots are limited and no decision is ever personal. Staff members evaluating Artist Market applications will recuse themselves for any applications of family or friends with close ties to ensure the fairest decisions and best experience.
Before the convention:
Make sure to pay for your table and passes before the payment deadline to secure your table!
On the Friday before the convention:
Artists can arrive on Friday to begin setting up their table. Artists can also begin setting up their table on Saturday morning before the event if they wish. All artists should be wearing their own supplied High Visibility vests during both set up and pack up.
For enquiries or assistance on the day please contact a member of the SMASH! Sales and Partnership team.
On the Sunday Night of the convention:
After the event ends at 5pm on Sunday all artists should immediately begin packing up their tables and exiting the venue. Please bear in mind only individuals with Artist Passes will be permitted to remain in the venue during pack-up hours. Those with regular Attendee Passes will be asked to leave the venue.
Artists may donate artwork as a prize to one of the numerous events and activities running at SMASH! 2023 (e.g, Trivia competition). Artists can also apply to host their own workshop or panel discussion in our panel rooms. These are just some of the various options, please ask us for more details when applying so that we can cater to you!
As part of keeping our Artist Market community safe at SMASH! and to offer a fair opportunity for all, only Full Table packages will be available this year. We will not be offering Half Table packages or Double Table packages for 2023.
No, SMASH! will not accept AI generated art at SMASH!.
This decision is on the grounds that the AI tools currently available to generate art infringe on the ethical rights of artists. Anyone selling, displaying, or using AI art may be asked to leave SMASH! convention immediately and risks barring from future conventions.
To exhibit at SMASH! 2023, $5million Public Liability insurance will be required. Public Liability insurance covers your liability for damage to property or injury to a third party that occurs in your designated stall or area.
If you have any concerns, SMASH! recommends you refer to your broker or solicitor, before applying or exhibiting at SMASH!
A “Certificate of Currency” confirms the level of of cover. It must be supplied to SMASH! prior to exhibiting at SMASH!. You can supply the Certificate of Currency upon acceptance of your spot.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries.
No, SMASH! will consider all applications submitted within the opening and closing of the submission period.
SMASH! Staff will be judged as applications are submitted.
There is strictly no preference to those who have submitted their applications early.
This will be your table description on the SMASH! App if you’re successful. This is a great opportunity to expose yourself to all of the SMASH! Attendees!
Let the attendees know a little bit about yourself, and what you are looking to sell during the event.
The Artist Markets play an important role at SMASH!, as it is a core part of our roots.
SMASH! is a non-profit organisation and the increase is mainly due to inflation and increase in price by the venue and construction cost.
We hope that you understand our decision to increase the price to ensure that SMASH! can be financially sustainable.
Artist Market - Portfolio Advice
We want to see at least 10 completed and recent examples of your work – ideally examples of work that you intend to sell at SMASH! or make you unique as an artist. Whether you decide to populate your online portfolio with fan art or original art is completely up to you, as long as it is relevant to SMASH!. If you are intent on selling non-digital work (e.g. handmade items, accessories, clothing), please take large, high quality photos and submit those in your online portfolio.
If you have photos of artist tables from previous SMASH! years or other conventions, you are also allowed to submit those in your online portfolio.
Please do not include unnecessary or incomplete materials in your online portfolio. This includes but is not limited to: works in progress, blog posts, personal photos, rough sketches/doodles. We want to see your examples in a way that requires the least amount of clicking and sifting through content. Traced art from official or non-official sources is strictly not allowed.
You may submit multiple online portfolio links so please make sure each portfolio supplied showcases only one artist’s art. Do not have one portfolio link showcasing the artworks of multiple artists.
If there are multiple artists sharing one table, please ensure portfolio links and social media links are available for all artists sharing the table. Multiple links for a particular field can be separated by a comma (,).
We may make exceptions for artists intent on exhibiting with less common forms of art. Please email us at email@example.com before submitting your application.
For artists selling their own cosplay prints, the standard rules and guidelines apply. Please ensure that your online portfolio is populated with large, high quality photographs of your work, photo books, and/or prior tables.
Please do not submit these social media links as your portfolio link. We want to see a concise portfolio of your best work examples and products you might sell. If you do not currently have your own website, Deviantart, Pixiv, Tumblr, or ArtStation, you can easily create one for free.
Your social media links will be used for verification purposes as well as supplementary material for your application, if it is deemed necessary.
If your portfolio does not meet these requirements, your application will be rejected.
- Ensure that each artist’s online portfolio link supplied is working and available throughout the period you are being considered for a table. If we attempt to visit your online portfolio and the link is broken, your application will be rejected.
- Your portfolio must consist of at least 10 examples of your artwork. These should demonstrate your best work and should be indicative of what you want to display or sell at your table. Please do not include sketches or incomplete works.
- All the artwork presented in your portfolio should be your own. The SMASH! Artist Market is strictly against traced or reproduced art.
- Each artist’s portfolio link should be available at a single URL leading to ONE of the following: your own website, Deviantart, Pixiv, Tumblr OR Deviantart. If you do not currently have such a page, you can easily create one for free.
If you have a question which is not available on the FAQ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Artist Market team will try to get back to you ASAP.
At this point of time, SMASH! is still planning lots and lots of fun events for the weekend! Keep your eyes on this website and our social media because we’ll be announcing events as soon as they’re ready!
Almost all of our events are covered by the cost of your ticket! Any event which has additional costs on top of your SMASH! ticket purchase will be advertised as such.
Photography & Videos
Yes! You can take photos and videos at SMASH! just like every other year. This means that photography and videography within ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre are welcomed and encouraged so long as you do not cause a disturbance in the flow of the crowd and heavy traffic areas.
Please note: that photos and videos are NOT permitted in certain areas such as the Maid Cafe, VIP areas, and Workshop rooms, as well as STAFF ONLY and back of house areas. Please be mindful of and follow any ‘No photography’ or ‘No flash photography’ signs and follow the instructions of SMASH! Staff and Crew.
Cosplay is NOT consent! Please remember to ask for cosplayers’ permission before you take a photo or video of them!
If you are taking photos or videos outside the grounds of ICC, you will be subject to the respective authorities’ rules and regulations.
SMASH! does not explicitly prohibit the use of photography and videography equipment, however due to impacts to crowded areas within the exhibition halls, equipment such as tripods, stands, etc. that may cause obstruction, will be discouraged and you may be requested by SMASH! Staff or ICC staff to move on or to relocate.
For the safety of others, any equipment longer than 1.2 metres in length must be checked in at the Cosplay Check-In booth before entering the exhibition halls. Please rest assured that you will be able to retrieve your equipment at any time you wish to take photos elsewhere. However, they will need to be checked-in again when returning into the exhibition halls.
ICC Sydney are aware of the enthusiasm that SMASH! Attendees have for photography and are generally supportive of these activities so long as activities are conducted in a safe and respective manner.
SMASH! Policy can only be applied to areas under our direct control, and explicit permission for attendees to conduct activities outside of our areas are not expressly granted just because you are a SMASH! attendee.
Please Note: ICC Sydney will be monitoring the hallways and all other parts of the exhibition and convention centre on all levels, and all attendees and general public are subject to ICC Sydney’s rules and their sole discretion.
If you are taking photos or videos outside the grounds of ICC Sydney, you will be subject to the respective authorities’ rules and regulations. SMASH! is not responsible for any correspondence between you, authorities and any third parties.
SMASH! on the day
SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is an annual Japanese popular culture convention held in Sydney, Australia. SMASH Inc. is a registered non-profit volunteer-run association which means we are truly run by fans for fans.
SMASH! 2023 will be held on Saturday 1 July & Sunday 2 July 2023.
SMASH! 2023 will be held at the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre. It is located in the heart of Darling Harbour at 14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW Australia 2000.
There are various public and private transport options as well as car parking facilities at ICC Sydney and the surrounding area. For more information, please refer to our getting there page.
You are never too young or too old to enter SMASH! However, persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 7 or under may enter free with a paying adult.
If you hold a current and valid Companion Card, your carer may accompany you on the day for free! On the day, please show both your ticket and Companion Card to our staff, and we’ll provide your carer with a free pass. If you are purchasing a ticket online or at one of our pre-convention pop-up booths, you only need to purchase a ticket for yourself!
Yes, bringing a registered service/assistance animal is fine! Animals that do not perform a service (such as pets) cannot be brought into the venue. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Unfortunately, your ticket does not include free travel on public transport to and from the venue.
The opening hours for SMASH! 2023 will be as follows:
Saturday 1st July
Opening time: 10:00 am
Closing time: 6:00 pm
Sunday 2nd July
Opening time: 10:00 am
Closing time: 5:00 pm
Tickets that are marked as “SOLD OUT” on our website tickets.smash.org.au will not be sold at the door on the day of the convention.
Our only requirement is that, at the time of the application closing date, you must be 16 years old or older* to volunteer as a crew member. For our Maid Cafe volunteers, we require that you must be 18 years old or older to volunteer.
*Please note, if you’re under the age of 18, we require parental consent to participate at SMASH! A form will be provided once you are accepted.
SMASH! Volunteer position does not require any prior experience thus we welcome everyone with any experience level! Our only requirement is your enthusiasm!
For any enquiries, please refer to our contact page (hyperlink). We are more than happy to answer any enquiries you have regarding SMASH! 2023! Or email us via email@example.com.
Please note, SMASH! is a non-profit organisation run by fans for fans! Both our crew and staff positions are volunteer positions thus it is not paid.
You will get free admission to SMASH! 2023, catering for the day(s) you volunteer, a very stylish (free and comfy) t-shirt to remember the weekend and hopefully a fun experience to remember!
SMASH! Will provide bottles of water and lunch for our volunteer crew. When filling out the application form, please make sure to write any dietary requirements you have!
Of course! We accept applications from all around Australia but please note you are required to make your own travel arrangements to attend SMASH! 2023.
Yes you can! Please make sure to let us know as soon as you can at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate your needs!
Yes, we welcome everyone, regardless of any language barriers. Our selection is based on your responses to the crew application form, so we suggest taking your time to answer the questions accordingly.
Of course, you and your friend(s) can apply to volunteer for SMASH! 2023 by each completing an application form. However, due to the many different positions available on the day, it is not guaranteed that you will be positioned in the same area.
If your application is successful, you will start to hear from us via email shortly after the applications close, so make sure to keep an eye on your inboxes!
You can choose to volunteer for both days or either day of the weekend that best suits you!
If you can not attend the training days please let us know, we may look at offering alternative ways to join in the training days for crew who can not attend / are not based in Sydney.
Please let us know if you cannot make it by emailing email@example.com.
You are not required to attend the set-up day however it is always good to attend in order to help us set up the convention, see behind the scenes, meet your team, your section leaders, and familiarise yourself with the convention in person. You will also be receiving your stylish t-shirts and lanyards for the convention on that day as well!
If you would like to make any changes regarding your application and or have any special enquiries regarding your allocated area, breaks or availability, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
Of course! You will receive an allocated time to take your breaks where you can take rest, eat your lunch and attend the convention!
We understand sometimes things come up, if you do need to leave early just let your Crew Coordinator and your department coordinator know so they can sort something out.
Before the convention comes around, crew members will be required to attend two crew training day(s) to be informed on everything related to SMASH! 2023 convention! Please note this is compulsory and the days will be announced via email through crew broadcasts!
What kind of anime and manga convention would we be if we said no.
We allow cosplaying for most sections, just make sure to speak to your department leader. However, we require that every crew member is required to have their lanyards on display and make sure your cosplay does not limit your ability to perform tasks or be straining to you.
Each crew member will be assigned to department(s) that they prefer such as:
- Events Support, focusing on activities, workshops, panels, stage events, supporting the departments that host our shows and helping with guest experience.
- Ticketing / Customer Support, focuses on the day ticket sales, entry queue management, information desk, merchandise and general customer service related tasks.
- Community Support, focuses on supporting our community, which includes helping and ushering our attendees in times of need!
Within the crew application form, make sure to write down the preferred area in which you would like to be positioned in!