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Art Car Boot Fair 2013

Art Car Boot Fair returns to celebrate it's 10th year, purveying quirky and collective art from a wide range of artists.

Sun 9th June 2013, 12:00pm – 06:00pm

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane Yard, Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, London E1, Tickets: £5 - available on the door

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

The Art Car Boot Fair returns to the car park of the Old Truman Brewery for the tenth year in a row, with the usual stellar line up of artists and live entertainment. Read my review of the 2011 Art Car Boot Fair here, and of the 2012 Art Car Boot Fair here. And here's just some of what you can expect this year:

Marcus Harvey’s Turps Banana print edition leads the charge with an exclusive print from Nigel Cooke. Plus. STOP PRESS! A timely, very limited special edition of Marcus Harvey’s infamous and celebrated 2009 work ‘Maggie’, probably the most innovative contemporary depiction of Margaret Thatcher.

Gavin Turk will present something new for 2013 plus a retrospective of all his previous Art Car Boot Fair works, celebrating his 10 years of featuring at the event.
Joining the line-up this year is classy cobbler Tracey Neuls. Well known for her collaborations with artists and designers, she’ll be pitching up alongside artist collective Le Gun and outsider art champions The Museum of Everything, both of whom have had artworks featured on Tracey Neuls limited edition shoes.
Returning artist Sir Peter Blake, who has been involved with the Art Car Boot Fair since the beginning will be creating a special print to commemorate Britain’s 110 year love affair with Vauxhall Motors and the 10th Art Car Boot Fair. All proceeds raised from the sale of the 110 limited edition artworks will go to Just For Kids Law, Kids Company and Help For Heroes.
Artist Darren Coffield and photographer Bid Jones will honour the 20th anniversary of Joshua Compston’s 2003 ‘Fete Worse than Death’, one of the inspirations behind the Fair. Darren’s biography of Joshua: ‘Factual Nonsense - The art and death of Joshua Compston’ will be available plus lots of Factual Nonsense memorabilia and a special commemorative print.
Sophie Parkin and Dick Bradsell will create a car boot version of the fabulous Colony Rooms out of a 1948 Vauxhall Velox, posing as Colony founders Muriel Belcher and Ian Board – providing free cocktails for any that impress with their sharp wit and amusing repartee.
Trolleyology - celebrating ten years of Trolley Books and paying tribute to its late and much lamented founder Gigi Gianuzzi, whose sheer energy, enthusiasm and derring do bought so many amazing art books to publication, from Nan Goldin to Damian Hirst and Philip Jones Griffiths.
New this year - the Art Car Boot Fair will release ten Golden Tickets giving ten lucky people the chance to get in ten minutes early to grab some art bargains before the frenzy begins. Also there will be a chance for undergraduate or post graduate art school students to ‘pitch for a pitch’.

Jaime Winstone and Pam Hogg at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2012
After snapping up cool and quirky art pieces why not treat yourself to some weird food art by Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (read my interview with founder Tasha Marks here) who will be on hand to provide sacred tarts, edible hair and inhalable bacon sandwiches. There will be real bacon sandwiches and ox-heart buns from St Johns Bread & Wine and Shoreditch favourite Leila’s Shop will bring together a collection of fine produce and artisan food. The fabulous Born Hectic Bar will feature resident Frank Sinatra crooner Michael Campari and live Piano Karaoke with Clifford Slapper. The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club will be putting on a retro variety show featuring Marawa the Amazing plus special performances from Louis Eliot & the Embers and to finish: Supajam’s ‘best live act in England’ The Fat White Family.

What's not to love?