Fancy a road trip with Tracey Emin? It's all smiles as Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale hits the road

By Richard Moss | 30 May 2104

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale will be upping sticks after its trendy Brick Lane bash and heading out on the road

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Tracet Emin at the Vauxhall Art CAr Boot Fair© Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

The back of an old Vauxhall may not spring to mind as the perfect place to pick up an artwork – even if that artwork is by a ‘visceral’ artist of the YBA generation. But the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale seems to be establishing itself as an affordable and fun way to pick up a work of art.

Dubbed by its organisers as “the UK’s most anarchic and exciting art fair” the Vauxhall Cars-sponsored shindig has been doing its thing in London since 2004 when Gavin Turk, Abigail Lane, Mat Collishaw, Fiona Banner and Bob & Roberta Smith all pitched up to sell their wares and have a bit of a laugh.

With the accent still fixed on fun as much as art bargain hunting, the fair continues to throw up a fair few surprises;  this year Vauxhall have thrown in what they describe as the Vauxhall Art Cargo – basically a Vauxhall Vivaro packed to the gunnels with art materials for everybody to get stuck into.  

There's also something called the Go Forth Plinth, featuring commissioned works and special editions for sale - displayed on the roof racks of Vauxhall cars.

With Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Pam Hogg, Bob & Roberta Smith, Kristjana Williams, Marcus Harvey and Jess Albarn among the artists signed up to fill the car park with bargains (on sale for between £10 to £1,000), it's fair to say this will be no Frieze.

And this year it's not just for the Hoxton hipsters; after the fair returns to Brick Lane on Sunday June 8 it will be hitting the road with appearances at the Liverpool Biennial (July 5) and the Folkestone Triennial (August 30).

See www.artcarbootfair.com or follow @artcarbootfair for updates on artists, activities and exclusive offers.

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Polly Morgan at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale© Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale

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Nick Reynolds at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale© Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale

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