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A stellar line-up of artists will be present at the Tenth Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Sir Peter Blake at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2012.
LONDON.- Celebrating 10 years of fun and frivolity, the UK’s hottest annual art fair, the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair is gearing up to be another unmissable event, featuring over 70 renowned artists including Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Emin International, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Bob & Roberta Smith, Pam Hogg, Pure Evil, Marcus Harvey, Billy Childish, pitching up to personally sell their original and limited edition works of art at authentically bargain prices.

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair is famous for being the day the art world lets its hair down, coming together to fill the car park with English eccentricity, quirky ideas, incredible bargains, cool art, eclectic wares and mad performances.

Pop stars mingle with fashion designers and actresses rub shoulders with Royalty as they all check out the art, hang out at the bar and muck in with all the entertainment, of which there is plenty. It’s an art-buying frenzy from the moment the doors open to the thousand plus queue, some of which has camped overnight, for the chance to grab the special just-for-the-day artworks. There’s something for every pocket with works typically on sale for between £10 to £1,000.

• Marcus Harvey’s Turps Banana print edition leads the charge with an exclusive print from Nigel Cooke. Plus. STOP PRESS! A timely, very limited special edition of Marcus Harvey’s infamous and celebrated 2009 work ‘Maggie’, probably the most innovative contemporary depiction of Margaret Thatcher.

• Gavin Turk will present something new for 2013 plus a retrospective of all his previous Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair works, celebrating his 10 years of featuring at the event.

• Joining the line-up this year is classy cobbler Tracey Neul. Well known for her collaborations with artists and designers, she’ll be pitching up alongside artist collective Le Gun and outsider art champions The Museum of Everything, both of whom have had artworks featured on Tracey Neul limited edition shoes.

• Returning artist Sir Peter Blake, who has been involved with the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair since the beginning will be creating a special print to commemorate Britain’s 110 year love affair with Vauxhall Motors and the 10th Art Car Boot Fair. All proceeds raised from the sale of the 110 limited edition artworks will go to Just For Kids Law, Kids Company and Help For Heroes. A stunning line-up of vintage Vauxhall cars will provide the backdrop to this ultimate car boot fair celebrating British art on Sunday 9th June at the Old Truman Brewery.

• Artist Darren Coffield and photographer Bid Jones will honour the 20th anniversary of Joshua Compston’s 2003 ‘Fete Worse than Death’, one of the inspirations behind the Fair. Darren’s biography of Joshua: ‘Factual Nonsense - The art and death of Joshua Compston’ will be available plus lots of Factual Nonsense memorabilia and a special commemorative print.

• Sophie Parkin and Dick Bradsell will create a car boot version of the fabulous Colony Rooms out of a 1948 Vauxhall Velox, posing as Colony founders Muriel Belcher and Ian Board – providing free cocktails for any that impress with their sharp wit and amusing repartee.

• Trolleyology - celebrating ten years of Trolley Books and paying tribute to its late and much lamented founder Gigi Gianuzzi, whose sheer energy, enthusiasm and derring do bought so many amazing art books to publication, from Nan Goldin to Damian Hirst and Philip Jones Griffiths.

• New this year - the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair will release ten Golden Tickets giving ten lucky people the chance to get in ten minutes early to grab some art bargains before the frenzy begins. Also there will be a chance for undergraduate or post graduate art school students to ‘pitch for a pitch’.

• After the runaway success of last year’s celebrity Handbag Disco we’ll be continuing our support of award-winning charity Just for Kids Law with Groucho Club master-of-ceremonies Bernie Katz bringing some surprise celebrity pals along for his inimitable Bingo and presiding over Pass the Art Parcel (the kids’ game with parcels packed full of fabulous and highly sought-after art prizes), more celebrity DJs than you can shake a stick at and a final reprise of the fabulous Handbag Disco at the end of the day.

• Food, drink and entertainment to suit - After snapping up cool and quirky art pieces you can treat yourself to some weird food art by Animal, Vegetable, Mineral with their sacred tarts, edible hair and inhalable bacon sandwiches, plus real bacon sandwiches and ox-heart buns from St Johns Bread & Wine, Nude Espresso coffee, Colony Room Cocktails. Plus Shoreditch favourite Leila’s Shop will bring together a collection of fine produce and artisan food, and the fabulous Born Hectic Bar will feature resident Frank Sinatra crooner Michael Campari and live Piano Karaoke with Clifford Slapper. The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club will be putting on a retro variety show featuring Marawa the Amazing plus special performances from Louis Eliot & the Embers and to finish: Supajam’s ‘best live act in England’ The Fat White Family. ‘Picture a 60s garage act wrenched into the 21st Century and fronted by the bastard child of Mark E Smith, Shaun Ryder and Golem...’

Sir Peter Blake comments that: “I’ve been involved in the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair since the first one 10 years ago and I’m always delighted to work with Vauxhall. I first read about the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair in the paper and found out it was happening that day. I had created a limited edition of 30 wood engravings, so we found a box, went along and sold the lot. Since then I’ve been involved every year; it’s a clever way to make art accessible and affordable to everyone. I always look forward to seeing what Gavin Turk will do on the day as well as Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan, Bob and Roberta Smith - it’s a bit of a reunion every year!”

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair founder and curator, Karen Ashton, commented on this year’s event, “We’ll be pushing the boot out for the maddest, eye-poppingly fabulous Vauxhall Art Car Booter to date as we celebrate ten years of fun, frivolity and astonishing art bargains. Anyone with a few quid in their pocket can become a collector for the day, and there’s so much to do and see besides. The wonderful spirit of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair gets a fresh injection every year with even more original, outlandish ideas packed into every event and 2013 will be no exception.’

Speaking about the upcoming event, Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors said, “The concept of turning up in your car and selling is quintessentially British. Vauxhall Motors is proud to be involved with the Art Car Boot Fair as it enters its 10th year and will exhibit cars from its past and present, including the Velox, 30-98, Cresta, and the exciting new ADAM. June’s event will be another show-stopper, especially the limited edition prints Sir Peter Blake has kindly agreed to create for us in celebration of our 110th birthday.”





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