The Art Car Boot Fair Comes to Hastings!

To kick off the British summer, which let’s be honest has JUST started, don’t miss the always fabulous Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, this time in Hastings for the first time ever. Taking place on 16 July, the event, as always, will feature a number of big name artists including John Cooper ClarkeGavin TurkMarcus Harvey, Sir Peter Blake and Sir Quentin Blake. All of these artists will be at the event selling their prized editions at a friendly price. 

Other artists participating include: Keith CoventryMartin Creed, HelenA Pritchard, Rachel Howard, Tracey Emin, and – for the first time – Mr Bingo.

15. Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Margate 2015, Photo Anthony Devlin_ The Press Association.JPG
Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Margate, 2015, Photo Anthony Devlin, The Press Association

Cooper Park, the legendary punk rock poet, has created exclusively for the fair a silkscreen print with the lyrics of his poem, Chicken Town. This year’s theme is the human hand, so this piece also features the outline of the artist’s own hand.

5. John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016  © John Cooper Clarke.jpeg
John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016 c. John Cooper Clarke

Sir Peter Blake has made a new print based on an existing collage work of his called Hastings Memories, which is made up of objects he found lying around the fishing boats along the promenade. 

1. Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016  © Sir Peter Blake.jpg
Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016 c. Sir Peter Blake

Harvey, on the other hand, will be blessing us with two works, a sandcastle with a Union Jack flag made from ceramic stone created especially for the fair, and two silkscreen prints, one of ‘Moors Murderer’ Myra Hindley, the other of Margaret Thatcher. (The Maggie is part of my fiance’s collection and I can’t reccommend it enough!)

4. Marcus Harvey, Sandcastle, 2016 © Marcus Harvey.jpg
Marcus Harvey, Sandcastle, 2016 c. Marcus Harvey

It is sure to be an entertaining and fruitful art buying day for the whole family replete with other entertainment options as well, so let’s pray for sun and make way to Hastings!

– India Irving

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair will be taking place on Saturday 16th July at Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings, TN34 3DW between 12–3:30pm. Entry is £3. Visit for more information and follow #VACBF for the latest news.




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