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Art Car Boot Fair Celebrates Fifteenth Anniversary With Launch Of New Event

The Art Car Boot Fair celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year with the launch of an additional event: the Art Cycle Basket Fair.

The Art Car Boot Fair celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year with the launch of an additional event: the Art Cycle Basket Fair. This will run in an adjacent space to the main fair and involve artists bringing everything they need by bicycle, cargo bike or electric bike, and will feature work by the art stars of the future, many of whom have been recommended by Art Car Boot Fair veterans such as Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard and Mat Collishaw.

The theme of the main fair will be ‘The Cross’ and artists lined up include: Blek le Rat; Phil Colbert; Juno Calypso; Keith Coventry; Gavin Turk; Pam Hogg; Polly Morgan; Rachel Howard; Mat Collishaw; Boo Saville; Mr Bingo; Marcus Harvey; and Pure Evil.

Says Karen Ashton, the fair’s founder: “The Art Cycle Basket Fair came about because we are embracing a more eco-friendly future and also our Cycle Editions can access a greater range of interesting urban spaces. This new event will celebrate Art on a Bicycle, the Art of the Bicycle and the Bicycle as Art. It seemed a fun way to develop our key ethos of bringing art to the people, and to offer people the chance to snap up an artwork by up-and-coming and emerging artists.”

The event will also launch Art of the DJ, in collaboration with the Black Door Agency, presenting Andy Weatherall, who will be DJ-ing and selling his exclusive 12”s and woodcuts.

The first Art Car Boot Fair was held in London in 2004 with a line-up of around 30 artists including Gavin Turk, Abigail Lane, Mat Collishaw, Fiona Banner, and Bob and Roberta Smith. Originated and produced by Karen Ashton, a curator and independent art consultant and writer, the ideas behind the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair developed out of Joshua Compston’s Fete Worse Than Death and Gavin Turk’s Livestock Market and Articultural Shows, events that blazed a trail in the late 90s. 

Both fairs will take place at Granary Square, King’s Cross, London on Sunday 16 September, 12 – 6pm, on and around the piazza outside Central Saint Martins college of art.

Visit www.artcarbootfair.com for more information.

Image: Jayson Lilley, £ 

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