Artists’ Alley Policies

Hours: Subject to change, Artists’ Alley will be open 3pm-12am on Thursday, 10am-12am on Friday, 10am-12am Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Who to contact: The Artists’ Alley Coordinator and staff are responsible for the Artists’ Alley. If there is a question or concern that arises and no Artists’ Alley staff member is available in the Alley, please find any member of staff or security to contact them.

Space: Space in the Artists’ Alley is available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no charge for space in the Alley. Each artisan will be assigned a single chair and a half-table space in which to work on projects and offer their wares for sale. The space boundaries will be marked with tape on the table. Since the tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, the number of spaces will be limited to the number of table spaces in the Alley.

Even if there is no one sitting on either side of an artisan, they may not take the open space.

Space in the Alley cannot be reserved. Artisans will be permitted to leave their space for short breaks (up to 10 minutes), however it is requested that if the artisan leaves for an extended period, that they take all possessions to free the space for another person. The staff will not be necessarily keeping track of times that an artisan is away from their table. If a space is noticed to be vacated for an extended period of time by the staff, the staff reserves the right to remove the contents of the space to either Dealers’ Den or Con Ops and free the table for another artisan. When this happens, the original artisan may claim his or her possessions from the staff in either the Dealers’ Den or Convention Operations. The original artisan is not entitled to their original space back.

Starting in 2018, Artisans planning to sell must check in with staff at the staff table, receive a numbered keychain corresponding to their table number, and have their name added to the board. Keychains must be returned upon leaving, and will not be used to return to the same table the next day.

Taxes: It is the intention of Furry Weekend Atlanta to remain within the law at all times. All artisans will be required to deduct and report 7% sales tax from their transactions. Furry Weekend Atlanta will NOT be providing register service – instead, we’ve arranged with the Georgia Department of Revenue to use a special Miscellaneous form, same as our dealers, to report sales tax that does NOT require artisans to have tax IDs. The form, Georgia Form FS-32 is exceptionally simple and should take less than 5 minutes at the end of the day to complete. Assistance will be available for those who need it. Artisans must, however, track their own sales.

Appropriate Material and Behavior: The following will not be permitted in the Artists’ Alley.

  • The use of electrical outlets (except for the communal power strip), the use of freestanding floor displays/tables or the use of signs larger than 8.5 x 11. These items belong in the Dealers’ Den. Smaller display may sit in your table space; however they must fit in your space entirely.
    (2018 Update) You may pay a daily fee to use electricity on a single device in Artists’ Alley. The device will be registered at the staff table, and attempts to share this privilege will result in your removal from the room.
  • Hanging banners or signs from tables. Signs which are no larger than 8.5 x 11 may sit on top of the table.
    (2018 Update) You will now be allowed to have hanging banners and colored tablecloths for your seat, so long as they do not extend outside your workable area. (3ft wide)
  • Damaging (or “modifying”) tables in any way, shape, or form. This includes modifying the tape that separates spaces.
  • Sharing or occupying more than the allotted space, even if the other space is not currently filled. Each space is allotted to ONE artist.
  • The sale of pirated material, copied material, or anything the artisan didn’t create themselves or of items that do not feature the artisan’s work. The Artists’ Alley is only for selling personal creations.
  • Weapons. Exceptions can be made, but must be cleared through Security and the Dealers’ Den Director.
  • No open drinks. This includes cans and drinks with open-center dome lids.
  • If you are selling chemicals or soaps, do not open the containers within the alley.

Material openly displayed in the Artists’ Alley must not exceed the PG-13 rating of the convention! Any material of an adult nature will be kept by the individual dealers in a closed folder or otherwise covered or unseen location. Additionally, any “naughty” parts in the artwork must be covered in some fashion (Post-It notes work well for this). This satisfies State requirements about underage viewing and is discreet for purchasers. Artisans are responsible for keeping unsuitable material out of the hands of minors in the Alley. Minors will be clearly identifiable; a sample minor badge will be available in the Dealers’ Den. In addition, if an artist is not of legal age to purchase adult material, they are not of legal age to sell adult material. Any underage artists found selling or offering adult works will be removed from the Alley, and face removal from the con.

Power: There will be a communal power strip available for use of the artists. This is the only place you may plug in. You may plug in a small device when you need to use it. As long as you’re willing to share your device with the other artist, you may leave artistic equipment plugged into the strip, such as a lamination machine. You may not leave other devices plugged in after use and you may not use the strip to recharge devices, such as laptops. At no times should the strip be used to power an entertainment device, such as a CD or DVD player. You may also not bring large, obstructive external power sources into the Alley to use, such as a UPS battery backups. Small, pocket sized power banks are acceptable and permitted for use in the Alley.

Other Rules and Notices:

  • Only ONE person, the artisan, may be behind a table space.
  • There will be NO sleeping in the Artists’ Alley. If you are tired, you must give up your space. Anyone caught sleeping will be woken up and told to leave.
  • When you leave your space, make sure to take everything, including your trash. There will be a trash can provided in the room.
  • Furry Weekend Atlanta is not responsible for connecting artisans to convention attendees, however we will be keeping a list of current artisans on a white board so long as they are in the room.
  • Furry Weekend Atlanta is not responsible for missing and/or stolen items out of the Artists’ Alley.
  • Please do not sit outside of Artists’ Alley waiting for a table to come free. This crowds the hall and entrance. Anyone caught sitting outside will be asked to move along.

Failure to follow the rules: For the first offense, the artisan will be reminded of the rules and expected to comply quickly with them. For the second offense, the artisan may be removed from the room for a period of 12 hours. For the third offense, the artisan may be removed from the room for the convention. Depending on the offense and action of the artisan, the staff reserves the right to remove the artisan from the room for any period of time deemed appropriate and/or report them to the board for further actions on the first and/or second offense.

Final Notes: Furry Weekend reserves the right to make changes to this policy as needed. The Artists’ Alley Coordinator will have final say over any disputes and will have discretionary powers in the Alley. Accepting space in the Alley constitutes acceptance of these policies.