ORGAN THING: Down to Margate for the August bank holiday, seaside treats with the Art Car Boot Fair…

Art Car Boot, Brick Lane, 2015

Art Car Boot, Brick Lane, 2015

Off to Margate then, as an artist, I love taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair….

The full list of artists has now been announced for the Margate leg of 2015 Art Car Boot Fair extravaganza. Only two events this year after visits to the Folkestone Triennial and the Liverpool Biennial (alongside the regular East London event at Brick Lane) last year.  I love being involved in the Art Boot Fair, this is my fifth year as an artist invited to take part in the sometime frantic, sometimes infuriating, often wonderful always rewarding summer affair, the annual Brick Lane event is always a highlight of the busy London art calendar, it really is something different, I love taking part. The Art Car Boot fair is contemporary art letting her are down for a day (is art a she?Maybe not?), the Art Car Boot Fair is fun.


The London leg is always a full-on beast of a thing, the early morning queues, the frantic trying to get everything there, the music, the people (the dogs) the engaging, the performance, the paint, the creativity. The London leg is what the art car boot fair is really about, the legacy of Joshua Compston’s Fate Worse That Death and the original notions of artists doing it ourselves, an annual coming together, a buzz. . Oh yes, London is exciting to be part of once you’re over the stress of setting up and then the chaos of people knocking you over in their mad rush for buy whatever Tracey or Sir Peter have for them (without even actually seeing what they have to sell), once the mad rush of the first half hour has been has been and gone and the eBay flippers have grabbed their pieces and disappeared to get their limited edition Ben Eine print up on-line before the others can post up theirs, get it on-line and double the price paid ten minutes ago. Once the madness of the first hour is over then the Brick Lane Art Car boot Fair is a brilliant thing to be part of – a relaxed chance to engage with people, to chat about art, to meet, to explore, an informal day and art reaching out..  The out-of-town events are a little different, a little more laid back, I mean, as an artist, Brick Lane is exciting, it is a genuine buzz, lots of healthy interaction, conversation (and yes, sales, the sales are always welcome, as was the giant chocolate and Guinness cake that some brought along and gave to us this year).  People do love themselves in Hoxton and Shoreditch though don’t they? There is that element who are more interested in being seen and being loud than they are in actually checking out the art or the artists, we do love Brick Lane though, we can filter out the poseurs (and some of the people watching can be “interesting”,  we love doing it, we love taking our art to Brick Lane, a real privilege to be part of it. .

Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane 2015

Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane 2015

It is refreshing to travel with the Art Car Boot Fair to Folkestone or Liverpool (or the open of the Olympic Park a couple of years ago or the Apple Cart festival in the pouring rain the year before that) though, it is great ot get out of town as a large group of artists, brilliant being part of the Art Car Boor Fair, especially when we travel to new places and meet new people, experience new flavours, interact with the art scenes in places like the inspiring Folkestone creative quarter. Folkestone was brilliant last year, Art Car Boot Fair set up on the harbour sea front, taking time to explore the closed down railway station, the art all over town, the gold rush on the beach, the flow of creativity up the hill in the old town area (really liked that gold rush on the beach, some might have sneered at it but the feeling down there was one of people having fun, families engaging, people coming along and getting involved, people just having great fun together, laughter and joking everywhere, did they find all the gold in the end? Folkestone was brilliant last year, Liverpool was as well, therer’s a healthy creative undercurrent in Liverpool, we tapped in to it for a day, and we want some more please). Really something good about being able to engage outside of the gallery environment, the Art Car Boot Fair is a most enjoyable experience, contemporary art doesn’t engage as much as it should, engaging is good….    (SW)

Art Car Boot Fair 2015

Art Car Boot Fair 2015

This year we follow Brick Lane by heading off to Margate for the last Sunday of August, including us Cultivate artists, we’re looking forward to it,  here’s the official Art Car Boot Fair press release….

Rendezvous with us and over 100 artists and performers at Rendezvous Margate outside Turner Contemporary, under the Turner-esque skies of Thanet, in between the Dover Straits and David Chipperfield’s facade, flanked by the RNLI lifeboat station and the Harbour Arm of Margate’s fair seafront.

We’ve got (literally) shed loads of art, airstreams full of it, crates stacked high, beach hut art substations and, of course, car boots popping with originals, editions and startling curiosities. In between and amongst it all will be parades of knitted-swimsuit clad people, exhausted drag queens, men sporting loin cloths and powering strange Methods of Alternative Transport, the Clowns of Jestminster, Tracey Emin calling a charity raffle, Dreamboys and Dreamgirls and to celebrate our Year of the Dog there’ll be hot dogs, black dogs, cool hounds, four legged art and an actual dog show, partly taking place in a vintage Vauxhall Viva car boot.

The 6th One Hundred Piece Piece.... (sw)

The 6th One Hundred Piece Piece…. (sw)

We’re also bringing Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura featuring bands of Holy Joy and cool, punkish delights from Ray Gun plus the excitingly nautically named Orlando Seale and the Swells…whole cabaret line-up to be announced next week…..

Follow us on instagram to see what’s going to be on offer so you can plan your art buying in advance! This is the day that artists do business directly with their public at unbelievable prices, come and haggle with them, chat to them, make your own mongrel copies of their art with The Copy Shop and get them to sign it! It’s all possible at the one and only ART CAR BOOT FAIR – bought to you by Ashton Hayward in association with Turner Contemporary and courtesy of our vintage (12 years and counting) sponsor Vauxhall Motors and for the first time with the added support of the  Arts Council of England

As well as the Art Car Boot Fair, Margate’s August Bank Holiday line-up is simply staggering – amongst it all don’t miss Sink the Pink on Saturday night, a chance to catch ‘Provincial Punk’  Grayson Perry at Turner Contemporary all weekend, Margate Tribes and Kent Pride,  plus the pure joy to be had by jumping on (and off) the rides at Dreamland There’s something for everyone and so much more besides….

aaa_culticarboot_margateThe Art Car Boot Fair/Margate Full Line Up:

Tracey Emin & Emin International  · Gavin Turk · Vic Reeves and Michael Hogben · Rachel Howard · True Rocks· Holly Allan· Jessica Albarn · Lizzy Rose & Kate Hare · Crate including Charley Vine and Leigh Clarke · Limbo including Paul Hazelton, David Price, Tessa Farmer, Steve McPherson, Tasha Marks (AVM Curiosities), Sarah Wicks, Sarah Craske and Katie Welsford · Resort including Dan Chilcott , Charlie Evarist Boyce, Crowther/Plant, Jo Elbourne and Jason Pay, Kate Harrison, Steve Ibb, Nick Morley,  Heidi Plant, Julia Riddiough, Sara Wicks, Rachel Wilberforce, Leise Wilson and Angeli Yara · Bon Volk Studios · Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton · Nicole Mollet and the Kent Cultural Baton · Tom Thumb Theatre and Jessica Jordan-Wrench · BeDRAGgled from Amy Redmond / SINK The PINK · Sir Peter Blake  (TBC) · Soul Fast Food · Kristjana S Williams · Moniker Projects · Turps Painters · Bumble and Earwig · Alice Herrick & Keelertornero · Hantverk & Found with C.A.Halpin, Angela Frederico, Tom Swift, Jason Pay, Sam Zine · Alteria Art · Binnie Sisters · Wilma Johnston · Silvia Ziranek · Dolores De Sade · Marty Thornton · Art on a Postcard with Rankin, Robert James Clarke, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarsen, Margo Bowman and Benjamin Murphy for the Hepatitis C Trust  · David J Batchelor · Frances Richardson · Jake Clarke · Kate Knight · Joseph Gibson · The Juncture ·Andrew Cunningham · Cultivate feat. Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent and Julia Maddison · Dylans Mobile Book Store · Francis Thornburn· Swifty ·Lucy Soni · Jealous Gallery · Club Shepway · Paul Sakoilsky · Mark Jones · X-ray Fog, Ian Dawson and The Copy Shop

Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura presents the Daylight Cabaret/ Margate Edition! Including: Johnny Brown and the Holy Joy Scrap and Salvage Movement, Kria, RayGun, Otis Coulter and Orlando Seale and the Swell plus special guests, lots.


The Margate part of the Art Car Boot Fair happens on Sunday August 30th between Midday and 4pm outside the Turner Contemporary.

Click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show of recent Art Car Boot Fairs and a whole load of leafhearts and such….

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