The Artist Alley is an exciting and unique part of the rAge Expo and will be hosted in Hall 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 8 – 10 December 2023. This year it is expected to host a whopping 38 artist stands, this is the right place to come for everything from custom clothing, artwork, plushies, fan art, and jewellery to trinkets, headwear, blacksmithing, leatherwork, and a whole lot more. 

The Artist Alley was officially launched in 2010, boasting 14 exhibitors and a plethora of new merchandise for rAge attendees.  Some of the artists have gone on to a higher level of acclaim. Karien Naude, a self-taught children’s book illustrator, was picked up by a publisher to do precisely that for a range of works. Warren Louw, a popular local artist, went on to sign international deals to make comic book art covers, working for big names like ImagineFX, Udon Entertainment, Bandai Namco, and DC Comics.

Meet the Artists of 2023:

This year’s lineup promises a diverse array of artistic expression:

  • Rainbow Thrift: Focusing on inclusivity and creativity, Rainbow Thrift offers pride flags, accessories for anime and gaming, and custom designs made by the community for the community.
  • Estelle Sketched: Masters in Fine Arts holder Estelle Dry-Muller draws inspiration from comic books to create captivating artworks.
  • Azure Snow: With the heart of a gamer, Azure Snow specializes in fun Chibi character fan art, including plushies and keyrings.
  • J.B. Curiosities: A purveyor of all things from fae to the macabre, J.B. Curiosities brings 30 years of sculpting experience to create one-of-a-kind creations.
  • Moccus MagicsMakers of unique dice sets for gaming boards (like Dungeons and Dragons), with each set utterly different from the next. 

Take a look at the full lineup of artists right here.

How did the Artist Alley start?

In 2009, a few artists shared a stand at the Expo to see how they would fare, quickly learning that there was a huge demand for art and unique things in the geek culture space. The Artist Alley was then officially launched in 2010, boasting 14 exhibitors and a plethora of new merchandise for rAge attendees. 

“The Artist Alley at rAge Expo was born out of a shared passion for art and the desire to create a unique space for talented individuals to showcase their craft,” says Nadja Späth – creator and owner of LegionEventsSA. 

So be sure to head over to Hall 2 to see all the amazing artists.

    Main Event Details:

    Date: December 8 – 10, 2023
    Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Day Pass (1-day access): R 180
    Weekend Pass (3-day access): R 390
    Family Pass (1-day access for 2 adults + 2 children ages 6-18): R 600

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