Arty bargains from famous car boots


27 May 2012

Forget highbrow galleries, auction houses and polite wine-sipping private views, today Britain's leading artists will be flogging their wares from their car boots.

Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Jessica Albarn and taxidermist Polly Morgan will be among the artists selling at The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, east London.

The fair was launched in 2004 as a reaction to "the art world taking itself too seriously". Founder Karen Ashton said: "It is a chance to bring artists into direct contact with the public, and offer their work to a broader audience. It celebrates the frivolity and fun of art – with a slightly eccentric atmosphere."

The majority of works sell from between £1 and £500. Last year, fans queued overnight for bargains.

There is also a Handbag Disco, with bags donated by designer Victoria Beckham, actress Tilda Swinton, singer Alesha Dixon, model Daisy Lowe, author Sophie Dahl and artist Natasha Law. There will be stalls with party games and people selling compliments for £5, and others offering emotional baggage.

The Independent on Sunday has had a sneaky advance look inside some of the artists' car boots.

Sir Peter Blake

I'm selling a patriotic, Jubilee, Queen-inspired small souvenir limited-edition print. I am a real bargain hunter, always looking for objects for my work – I came across beautiful white enamelled letters once being sold for £1 each.

Jessica Albarn

I have teamed up with the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, and shall be selling limited-edition bee prints with wildflower seeds, with proceeds going to the trust. We all need to do what we can to encourage their survival.


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