Adelaide Artcade

Artist Alley & Creator's Market

See you in 2024!

Keep an eye on this page and our socials for updates on the Adelaide Artcade 2024 event.

Proudly supported by CouchWarriors SA

About Artcade

Adelaide Artcade is an artist alley and creator's market focussed on supporting the growing number of talented creatives in the South Australian games community and beyond.The Artcade is organised as a part of CouchWarriors SA's annual Big Cheese major - one of the largest community fighting games events in South Australia. Big Cheese usually runs in October.In 2023 the Big Cheese 4 was held at the St. Clair Recreation Centre in Woodville South (109 Woodville Rd, Woodville South SA 5011) on October 13th-15th with Artcade running on Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th.Check out our Activities page for more info on the 2023 Artcade and Big Cheese 4 event!While the Artcade has an emphasis on video games, especially fighting games, we welcome artists and creators with works from a variety of themes, genres, and backgrounds. Apply today!Got any questions, concerns, or feedback? Get in touch!


About Cade

Click on the button below to be directed to the about page of Adelaide Artcade's mascot, Cade!


Adelaide Artcade acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners, the Kaurna people, on whose land we meet, share, and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.

Artcade Sponsors

CouchWarriors SA

Organisers of the Big Cheese major and hosts Adelaide Artcade.
Regularly hosts events for the fighting games community in South Australia.

AVCon

AVCon is an annual Anime & Video Games Festival held in Adelaide. AVCon celebrates the world of anime, gaming, cosplay, pop culture, art and more in one big community-based event for all ages.

Friends of Artcade

Tokyo Alley

Tokyo Alley is Western Australia’s longest running, active anime convention and artist market! As a non-profit organisation, we’re on a mission to create opportunities for local artists and fans! For all things anime, gaming, and Japanese culture, join us for an exciting weekend of activities, entertainment, and more!

Adelaide Comic and Toy Fair

At The Adelaide Comic and Toy fair we are far from strictly a comics and toys fair; there's also a showcase of video games, LEGO, books, movies, TV, and more! Plus there are comic artists/creators and specialty clubs too.Whether you’re a fan, collector, or just curious, come on out - we’ve got something for everyone!

About Cade

Cade - he/she/they - artist+gamer

Cade is an avid enjoyer of all things art, retro, and videogames! They're particularly fond of fighting games and games that were probably made before he was born...
A creative at heart, Cade dabbles in a little bit of everything in art from traditional media, animation, crafts, and so on. You'll often find her and her work at artist alleys.

Cade FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Who made Cade?
A: Jamm designed and illustrated Cade for Adelaide Artcade. Cade is one of their OC's (original characters) - Artcade has permission to use Cade's image and likeness for Adelaide Artcade.
Q: Can I draw Cade?
A: Yes! Adelaide Artcade encourages anyone interested to draw Cade! We simply ask you keep things safe for work and tasteful to respect Jamm's wishes.
Don't forget to tag us on socials or use the hashtag #AdelaideArtcade so we can share your work!
Q: Can I make a sticker/print/poster/keychain/merch/etc. of Cade?
A: No, unfortunately you cannot make stickers/prints/posters/keychains/merch/etc. of Cade even if it's free, at-cost, or at profit. Cade is still Jamm's OC, and only Adelaide Artcade has permission to use Cade's image and likeness for promotional and commercial purposes.
As Cade is an original character of Jamm's, we ask you respect their wishes and not make merch and/or profit off of Cade's image.
Q: Why does Jamm have Cade merch if making Cade merch is not allowed?
A: Cade is Jamm's original character and so they are free to do so. Proceeds from Jamm selling his own Cade merch go directly into funding future Adelaide Artcade events.
The Artcade Team asks for your understanding and respect our and Jamm's wishes. Thank you.Q: My question isn't here/I would like to contact someone about my question.
A: Please send us an email at hello@adelaideartcade.org.

Get Involved

Applications are CLOSED!

Stallholder applications for Adelaide Artcade are currently closed. Keep an eye on this page and our socials for updates on our 2024 events.

Get Involved

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Stallholder applications for Adelaide Artcade are now OPEN! Click the button below to fill out an application form.Applications close on Sunday July 30, and successful applicants will be emailed in August. Goodluck!

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Promo Materials

Feel free to download the image below to print or share around on social media and spread the word on Adelaide Artcade!

    Time until Artcade Opening

    Stallholder applications for Adelaide Artcade are now closed! Thank you to everyone who spread the word and applied.Successful applicants will be emailed in August - keep an eye on your inboxes and spam folders. Goodluck!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Code of Conduct

    Q: What is Adelaide Artcade?
    A: The Artcade is the Big Cheese's artist alley and creator's market. Adelaide Artcade is focussed on supporting the growing number of talented creatives in the South Australian games community and beyond. Artcade is organised by volunteers with support from CouchWarriors SA.
    Q: What is the Big Cheese?
    A: Big Cheese is an annual fighting games major and is the largest fighting games event in South Australia. The Big Cheese is organised by CouchWarriors SA.
    Q: Where is the event held?
    A: Artcade and Big Cheese 4 was held at the St. Clair Recreation Centre in Woodville South.
    St. Clair Recreation Centre - YMCA
    109 Woodville Rd, Woodville South SA 5011
    Q: When will the event be held?
    A: We are still confirming details for our 2024 event - please keep an eye on our website for further updates.
    Q: How much do exhibitor/attendee passes cost for Artcade?
    A: We are still confirming details for our 2024 event - please keep an eye on our website for further updates.
    Artcade stallholders will be supplied:
    - 1x 6ft (1.8m) trestle table (the entire table for Full Table applicants or half the table shared with another assigned stallholder for Half Table applicants)
    - 1x 1.2m wide x 1.8m tall partition wall for hanging artwork
    - 2x chairs (1 for Half Table)
    - 2x exhibitor passes (1 for Half Table).
    Additional chairs, passes, and other accommodations can be requested and may incur additional fees.At this point in time we cannot provide stallholders with electrical power (please contact us if you must have power at your table).Please note that due to the allocations of tables and venue layout (subject to change) the back side of your partition wall may be shared with a stallholder directly behind you so please be mindful on how you hang and display any works/shop displays/products on the partition wall - please email us at hello@adelaideartcade.org if you have any concerns.Q: What is the opening hours?
    A: We are still confirming details for our 2024 event - please keep an eye on our website for further updates.


    Q: Can I compete in tournaments at the Big Cheese 4?
    A: You must purchase the appropriate competitor pass for any tournament at the Big Cheese that you would like to participate in - Artcade passes does not grant you a competitor pass but you are free to spectate and browse other events at Big Cheese 4.
    Q: Can I cosplay?
    A: Cosplaying is more than welcome! Feel free to post and use the hashtags #BigCheese4 and #AdelaideArtcade on photos of your cosplay from the Big Cheese and Artcade.
    Just please be mindful of the space you share with other attendees and exhibitors, and that the Big Cheese and Artcade is a family-friendly event.Attendees/exhibitors with large/cumbersome props may be asked to remove them from the venue at the discretion of event organisers.
    No real weapons are to be brought into the venue - including but not limited to real blades (sharp or dull), real weaponry/arms, live ammunition, projectiles, etc. Event organisers may ask attendees to remove props from the venue at their discretion. If you are unsure about your prop please email us at hello@adelaideartcade.org. Thank you for your understanding.


    Q: How do I apply as an artist alley/creator's market exhibitor?
    A: Fill out an Application Form here.
    Q: Who can apply?
    A: While the Artcade is a part of The Big Cheese event which focusses on video games, particularly fighting games and the fighting games community, we welcome all artists and creators from all genres, themes, styles, and backgrounds.
    We also highly encourage new and beginner artists and creators to apply as Artcade would like to support emerging talent!
    Please note that you must be over the age of 18 to apply or have a parent/legal guardian fill out the Application Form on your behalf if you are under the age of 18 - artists/creators under the age of 18 must also be accompanied by an adult at all times when tabling at Artcade.Q: I've never tabled before, where do I even start?
    A: There's no real "correct answer" to this question, and everyone will have different goals in mind when it comes to tabling at artist alleys and creator's markets.
    Though a good start would be this artist alley quick-start guide created by Hawberries (linked with permission).
    Just keep in mind that this guide was last updated in 2017 so there's some outdated information such as card/'Square' readers not being much of a "necessity" as many transactions in artist and creator markets today are done by card, or pricing in the guide reflects pre-2020 prices - but much of the advice is still very relevant for anyone looking to start out tabling!
    Q: How much will it cost to exhibit?
    A: We are still confirming details for our 2024 event - please keep an eye on our website for further updates.
    Artcade stallholders will be supplied:
    - 1x 6ft (1.8m) trestle table (the entire table for Full Table applicants or half the table shared with another assigned stallholder for Half Table applicants)
    - 1x 1.2m wide x 1.8m tall partition wall for hanging artwork
    - 2x chairs (1 for Half Table)
    - 2x exhibitor passes (1 for Half Table).
    Additional chairs, passes, and other accommodations can be requested and may incur additional fees.
    At this point in time we cannot provide stallholders with electrical power.
    Q: I'm not based in South Australia, can I still apply?
    A: As long as you can travel to Adelaide on the dates for the event, you are welcome to apply and exhibit!
    Q: Can I sell works made by others?
    A: Artcade will not tolerate art theft, bootlegs, knock-offs, and other such products that you have not created yourself or with collaborators. If a stallholder is in violation of this they will be asked to leave the event.
    Q: Can I sell, display, or promote works created by AI generative technologies?
    A: Artcade will not accept works that you have not created yourself or with collaborators - this includes works made with AI generative technologies. If a stallholder is in violation of this they will be asked to leave the event.
    Q: Can I sell, display, or promote any NFTs, cryptocurrency, and other related cryptocurrency products and/or advertisements?
    A: Exhibitors are not allowed to sell, display, or promote any NFTs, cryptocurrency, and other related cryptocurrency products and/or advertisements. If a stallholder is in violation of this they will be asked to leave the event.


    Q: Do you take cash/card?
    A: Individual artists and creators will have their own means of taking payment but we recommend you bring cash just in case. At this current point in time an ATM machine will not be available at the event.
    Q: Is there food/catering at the event?
    A: There are no food vendors at the Big Cheese 4 or Artcade, however the St. Clair Recreation Centre has a cafe where you can purchase food and drinks. Please refer to their website for more details.
    Additionally a bar will be open with drinks for purchase (18+ with ID required).
    Q: My question isn't here/I would like to contact someone about my question.
    A: Please send us an email at hello@adelaideartcade.org.

    Contact

    Questions? Concerns? Feedback? Want to sign up for email updates? Fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

    Alternatively, click the link below to send us an email!

    hello@adelaideartcade.orgAdelaide, South Australia


    Please note Artcade is not responsible for the games run at Big Cheese 4. For all enquiries about BC4 games please contact CouchWarriors SA.

    On the Day Activities
    Adelaide Artcade 2023

    Artist Alley & Creator's Market

    With over 50 artists and creators from South Australia and interstate participating, be sure to check out all their art and wares!
    Click on the button below to check out the exhibiting artists and creators!

    Just Dance Tournament

    Show off your moves on Saturday night at the Just Dance Tournament!
    No prior experience required, and registration is free! Starts 7pm on Saturday October 14.

    Rhythm Games & Console Free Play

    A variety of games, consoles, and arcade cabinets will be available for attendees to try out and play at the Big Cheese 4.Please note some games may require the purchase of either a Competitor Pass or Side Game Pass. Check out the BC4 start.gg page for more info.

    Fighting Game & Community Tournaments

    Various tournaments are run at Big Cheese 4, including titles such as:
    - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles and Doubles)
    - Street Fighter 6
    - Tekken 7/8 (based on release dates)
    - Guilty Gear: Strive
    - Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core +R
    - Mortal Kombat 1
    - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
    - Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
    - Blazblue: Central Fiction
    Entry to these tournaments require either a Competitor Pass or Side Game Pass. Check out the BC4 start.gg page for more info.

    Cosplay Door Prize

    Turn up in cosplay and you'll be able to enter a raffle for a chance at a prize!
    The raffle will be drawn once a day at 4pm. One entry per person.

    ... and so much more!

    Keep an eye on this page as we update and confirm event details.


    Please note Artcade is not responsible for the games run at Big Cheese 4. For all enquiries about BC4 games please contact CouchWarriors SA.

    Notice

    Adelaide Artcade and Big Cheese 4 weekend (October 13th-15th for Big Cheese 4 and October 14th-15th for Artcade) will fall on the same day as the Saturday October 14 2023 Referendum.
    Voting is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens aged 18 and older.
    Artcade and Big Cheese encourages participants (competitors, stallholders, spectators, and attendees alike) to consider early voting options outlined below.• Postal voting (applications open Monday September 11th, applications close Wednesday October 11th): apply for a postal vote to have ballots sent to your nominated address - for interstate travellers you may choose to have it sent to your home state or an address you are staying at in South Australia.• Early voting at Pre-Poll Voting Centres (opens Monday October 2nd in NT, TAS, VIC & WA or opens Tuesday October 3rd in ACT, NSW, QLD & SA): vote in-person before October 14 at a Pre-Poll Voting Centre. Find your nearest centre at https://aec.gov.au/referendums/voting.htm#start• On the day voting Saturday October 14: The Woodville High School will be a polling centre nearby the St. Clair Recreation Centre, however we highly recommend not leaving voting last minute! Interstate travellers may also vote in South Australia.

    2023 Venue Map

    Feel free to download the Venue Map below.

    Artist & Creator Directory
    2023