The Vauxhall Art Car boot Fair parked up in Margate last Sunday, 30 September, dispersing works of art to both the local and visiting masses.
It’s no surprise that the fair had such a high turnout, as collectors and art enthusiasts alike descended on Turner Contemporary’s car park, eyeing the chance to buy art directly from renowned artists, such as Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Mat Collishaw, Keith Coventry and Polly Morgan. It was also a great opportunity to discover works by local Margate based artists such as Heidi Plant and Charlie Evaristo-Boyce among others (both part of Margate contemporary arts organisation RESORT).
It was inevitable that Tracey Emin / Emin International’s pitch would produce scenes akin to Black Friday, with exciting works on offer including Tracey’s print Further Back To You (of which fifty editions were reserved exclusively for the fair in Margate); as well as the renowned raffle (of which all proceeds went to charities Just For Kids Law and the Hepatitis C Trust) in which the grand prize was an Artist Proof of the edition The Golden Mile.
A real highlight were a series of screen prints by Heidi Plant from her recent exhibition ‘Weekend on Marshmallow Mountain’ held at Resort Gallery earlier this Summer. A particular stand out was her piece 3 Hotdogs No Sauce.
Whilst the fair gave everyone the chance to be a collector for the day, it was more than just an artistic shopping spree. Other features included a knitted swimsuit fashion parade, Sink the Pink drag acts, and a series of outlandish performances on Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura stage!
All in all, it was a successful and memorable day out – the sun even broke through in the afternoon! The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair is a must on any art-enthusiast’s calendar.
Big thanks to the fair’s founder Karen Ashton and her dedicated team.
– Harry Dougall
For more information of the Art Car Boot fair, visit their website HERE.