Art Showcase

Hal-Con Sci-Fi Fantasy Association presents



Hal-Con Sci-Fi Fantasy Association, in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, invites artists to participate in the 1st Annual Fantasy Art Showcase, celebrating Art and Community; an Exhibition of Original Works of Art. We recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.


Jury Recruitment

For 2019, we are recruiting a jury of 4 members to join us to review the create themes, provide insights, and jury the submissions to award prizes at year-end. If you have a background in the working with Art, please reach out to with your expression of interest to join. Please include any education or experience you have working in the industry. The time commitment is estimated to be 10-12 hours total over 2-3 sessions.


Important Dates for 2019

January – February 28: Recruitment for jury

March 1 – March 30: Program updates

March 31: Launch of 2019 Program

April 1 – August 31: Open submission period for Artists

September 1-14: Jury review period



Special Thanks

We recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.



Please contact



2018 Contest Entries

We wish to encourage everyone in Nova Scotia to apply to be part of this exhibition series. To be eligible, the work you are submitting must be fully original and completed by you, the artist, and you must be living in Nova Scotia for at least one year. Students of all ages are encouraged to participate, as well as artists of all skill levels.

All forms of media are welcome, provided they do not exceed the dimensions of 18 inches horizontal and 36 inches vertical, or 1 inch depth. All pieces must be hanging ready, but do not require a frame. Prints, works on paper, and digital prints are welcome but must be hanging ready.

Please include your name, your preferred name recognition for the display card, and provide a title for your work. (Colouring pages are not acceptable unless you drew the original art within.) Our 1st annual art show encourages responding to a theme; select one of three:

• What inspires you
• Community Portraits
• Dreams

Important note: the artwork does not need to be “nerdy or geeky” in any sense at all. Please submit any work that suits the guidelines and themes that you wish. (This clarification added on July 12, 2018.)


2018 Exhibition locations:

September 24 – October 13: Halifax Central Library
October 13: Nocturne! (Still on display at the Central Library)
October 26 – 28:
Hal-Con at the Halifax Convention Centre
November 1 – 15: The Dart Gallery


2018 Winners

Sep 17 – Winners will be notified this week and prizes will be issued shortly after.


2018 Prizes

A maximum of 10 pieces of art per category will be selected for display by jury. Winners being rewarded in each as follows:

  • $750 for 1st place
  • $250 for 2nd place
  • $100 for 3rd place

Additionally, all art on display at Hal-Con can be voted on by the 10,000+ participants at that event to select one “Fan Favourite” art piece with a $500 award to the artist.

Clarification: Each of the three categories above includes a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place award. Including the Fan Favourite award, close to $4000 in prizing is being awarded. (Clarification added September 10, 2018.)


2018 Deadlines

We accept art between June 1st and Friday, September 7th, 2018, by end of business day, to be eligible for the official juried competition for prizes and presentation in the exhibition. (Extension announced on August 27th.)


Art Sales

Artists wishing to sell their submitted art can do so during the exhibition display while the collection is hosted at the Dart Gallery. You should advise us of your interest to sell at the time of your submission. Please contact for questions regarding their sales process.


Permissions & Rules

All artwork submitted for consideration will remain the property of the artist. You agree to lend us the artwork while in consideration and on display. The artwork will be returned to you after all display events are concluded. The cost of returning the art will be at your expense (ex. by mail) unless you can arrange to retrieve the work in person from the Halifax-Dartmouth area.

Your work must be original, made by the submitting artist.

The subject of the artwork submitted can be on any topic, but we encourage you to use the themes listed above to inspire you.

The work submitted cannot contain nudity, depictions of violence, or any other scenes that might cause concern for families. The display locations cannot host any art on exhibition that may upset or offend youth.


Application Form

The link will be live to register as of June 1, 2018. You can complete the form online or print it, mailing it with your submission.



Mail your hanging-ready artwork and completed application form to:

Hal-Con Art Show
PO BOX 25110
B3M 4H4


If you want to arrange drop-off for your work, please contact at least one week prior to the art deadline.



We cannot guarantee the safety of the artwork against theft or damage but will take all reasonable measures to prevent this. You are strongly encouraged to seek insurance if you wish to be fully covered.

We use Stanhope-Simpson representative Shawn Freeze. If you need assistance regarding an exhibition floater, please contact him at for any questions regarding insurance.



We were fortunate to have participation from the industry and thank our jury members for their time and service.