The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair – Art Masses Descend on Margate

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.

A woman in costume speaks through a loud hailer during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
A woman in costume speaks through a loud hailer during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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).

Artist Tracey Emin attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Artist Tracey Emin attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Artist Peter Blake attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Artist Sir Peter Blake attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Artist Polly Morgan attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Artist Polly Morgan attends the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

Tracey Emin, The Golden Mile, 2012, Etching on 350gsm Hahnemuhle paper, 42.5 x 50 cm | Copyright Emin International - Image courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Tracey Emin, The Golden Mile, 2012, Etching on 350gsm Hahnemuhle paper, 42.5 x 50 cm | Copyright Emin International – Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
General view during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Packed Scenes during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

Heide Plant, '3 HotDogs No Sauce', 2015 | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Heidi Plant, ‘3 Hotdogs No Sauce’, 2015 | Copyright Heidi Plant – Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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!

A poet is hit with shaving foam during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. | Image Courtesy of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
A poet is hit with shaving foam during the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. | Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

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