The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, a staple of the London art scene usually held every year in London’s East End, is changing location and moving to the seaside town of Margate – but for one day only. Along with the move, YBA Tracey Emin will also be selling her work out of the back of a car, as Margate is the artist’s hometown.
Along with Emin, the likes of Gavin Turk and Peter Blake amongst others will be offering the odd art bargain, while other temptations include Sink the Pink drag acts, a range of vintage Vauxhall motors, and a Human Jukebox. The Margate edition of the Art Car Boot Fair – which will also include a knitted swimsuit fashion parade – is supported by Arts Council England.
The fair was conceived in 2004, and was started as a counter-movement against the increasing commercialisation of London’s art scene. Karen Ashton, the founder and curator of the event, told Kent Online last year, “Having established the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair as a dynamic and thrilling marketplace as well as a thoroughly entertaining afternoon for all our art loving visitors in London, it made perfect sense to take our show on the road to engage with new audiences and new artists around the country.”
The prestigious art event, which is held annually in London’s East End, will now travel to Margate where artists will set up shop in the car park of Turner Contemporary during the bank holiday weekend and will offer the visiting art lover affordably priced works from a selection of art stars in an attempt to democratise an increasingly exclusive market.
Image: courtesy of the Art Car Boot Fair