Worldcon 75

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention, 9-13 August 2017, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland

Worldcon 75 Art Show

Worldcon 75’s Art show hopes to feature a multitude of great artworks in different media.

We welcome all styles of original art by creators of all backgrounds within the auction gallery, the print shop, and the digital gallery. Subject matter should stay under the very broad umbrella of ‘science fiction, fantasy, horror, astronomical, fannish, or related themes’. Nevertheless, we will reserve the right to leave out artworks or artists that fail to meet our quality standards. Artists are welcome to display work in any section of the art show or in all of them.

The art show will consist of three parts:

  • The auction gallery
  • The print shop
  • The digital gallery

The main attraction, the auction gallery, will contain work that may be available for purchase via written auction. Please note that we will NOT be holding a live voice art auction, for reasons of language and logistics. The auction will be run on paper bid sheets only; please price your works accordingly. There will also be a print shop, that will contain work that is available for immediate purchase only and maybe for a bit more affordable price. And to make the art show as wide range and inclusive as possible, we are also having a digital gallery solely for digital artwork.

The digital gallery can also be handy for those who, for some reason or another, cannot bring or even post their artwork to Helsinki.

Artists can arrive to put up their works on Tuesday. The art show will be open on all days of the convention (9–13 August) and paper auction bids will be taken until Sunday lunchtime (exact time to be announced). Artists can start taking down their artwork on Sunday afternoon after the art show closes. The final moving out time is on Monday.

The art show will be built using Messukeskus’s own display wall system. Standard wall elements are made of white hardboard. Artwork items can be attached using adhesives, screws or nails. Size of wall element is 100 × 250 cm. Therefore, the basic unit of space will be one square metre (m²) for both walls and tables.

The digital gallery will have an attending fee per artist, as it will only be for displaying artworks without the possibility to purchase any of them.

Auction gallery: €20 / m2, wall or table
Print shop: €10 / m2, wall or table
Digital gallery: €20 / artist (maximum 20 pictures/artist)

Mail-in artwork: space fee + return postage + €20. This also applies to attending artists mailing in their work.

To exhibit in the art show you must be a member of Worldcon 75. If you do not plan to attend and are sending your work to the show via a third party, you only need a supporting membership.

There will also be a 10% commission on all sales. Many details are still open and additional information about possible taxes, details including space reservation info, content guidelines and display requirements will be available as soon as possible on our website.

Do not hesitate to send us an email if there is anything you need to know:

For relevant information about taxes and customs in Finland, please see the Exhibits FAQ for Taxes and Customs page.


Please read the official art show rules.

You can register to the art show following these instructions:

  1. Visit
  2. If you are automatically logged in, great! If not, please enter the email address associated with your membership, and our systems will send you a login link.
  3. Open the link once it arrives.
  4. From the member profile that you should now see, select “Register for the Art Show”.