The event, which is normally held in London’s East End, will this weekend be in Margate where artists will be setting up there stalls in the car park of Turner Contemporary during the bank holiday weekend.
The fair was started in 2004, as a counter-movement against the increasing commercialization of London’s art scene. By introducing a more informal setting for artists to interact with collectors and art fans, organizers hoped to democratize what was becoming an increasingly exclusive art scene.
Affordable works by artists such as Gavin Turk, Peter Blake and more will be offered at stands run by the artists themselves.
Karen Ashton, the founder and curator of the event, said: “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.”
This bank holiday the whole of Margate will be sizzling with art, screenings, roller coasters, cool café’s, packed restaurants and bars, there’ll be Kent Pride in the streets, Sink the Pink revving up the nightlife at Dreamland, art installations, music and for four hours the Art Car Boot Fair Margate Edition. We’re also hoping to present the ‘Be-drag-gled Parade’ and some knitted swimwear on the side…hot dogs, black dogs, cool hounds, lots of originals, special editions, five minute portraits, art on a (seaside) postcard and art you can make yourself – bring your kids, your wallets and your dogs and let your hair down. Come on down – you won’t be disappointed!
Vauxhall has sponsored the Art Car Boot Fair since its first incarnation on Brighton’s West pier in 2003. Vauxhall’s support has meant that the Art Car Boot Fair has remained free for artists to take part in.