The artist line-up for the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair has been announced, all aboard for Kings Cross and one of the best art events of any year…


The Art Car Boot Fair is always an adventure, the annual London events, the visits to Liverpool, Folkestone, Margate or wherever we may go. Last year the London leg took place South of the river down in Vauxhall, a move away from the Art Car Boot Fair spiritual home of Brick Lane. Brick Lane isn’t really an option now as developers grab every speck of land and more and more unaffordable flats go up, the changing shape of the city means that this year we’re on the move again – a year that the organisers have described as one of transition – sees the Art Car Boot Fair head to new lands and a place where roads and rivers meet, this year we all head for Kings Cross and this year a little bit later than usual, the fair happens in September.


And this year for the first time the event is ticketed, from what we can gather, this means the will still be the traditional line of early birds (always amazed when we artists turn up around 8am to set up and see the big lines of people, kind of looks like fun actually and it is always appreciated), this year, those holding tickets in the queue will get in first before those hoping to pay on the door. You can still pay on the door on the day but tickets are advised. The fair will run once again from midday until 6pm, accompanied under 16s get in free, (do bring ID if you one of those 14 year olds who look like they might be 18), and I probably shouldn’t mention it but entry is free after 5pm for those who just want to catch the last hour and suck up the atmosphere and the music as well as the last of the art.


Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Geraldine Swayne, Mat Collishaw, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Bob & Roberta Smith, Pam Hogg, Marcus Harvey, Kristjana S Williams, Tracey Neuls, Keith Coventry, Mr Bingo, Ian Dawson, Charming Baker, David David, Colin Self, Jessica Voorsanger, Ben Eine, Camille Phoenix, ARTourist with Alice Herrick, Nina Fowler, Paul Kindersley, Robert Rubbish, Keeler Tornero, Sophy Rickett, Misha, Richard Clegg, Barry Reigate, Jake Clarke, Carrie Reichardt, Schoony, Pure Evil, Holly Allan, Christian Furr, Marie–Teresa Gavazzi, India Roper-Evans & Julia Maddison, Paul Sakoilsky, Wilma Johnson, Jennifer Binnie, Christine Binnie, Renaissance Selfies, Bumble & Earwig, X Ray Fog, Kate Knight, James Joyce, James Unsworth, Amelia Troubridge, Carla Borel, Tony Beaver, Laura New, Keeler Tornero, Nick Walker, Joseph Gibson, Helen Pritchard, Edy Ferguson, Ivan Black, Darren Coffield, Jessica Albarn, David J Batchelor, Wildcat Will, Sophy Rickett, Bip Ling, Tanya Ling, Stephanie Carlton-Smith, Jessica Wilson, Silvia Ziranek, Cliff Pearcey, David Fenwick, Marty Thornton, Nick Reynolds, Mark Jones, Kelly-Ann Davitt, Jason Gibilaro, Paul Hodgson, Dion Kitson, Meanmail .

Special single artists presentations from Artlyst, Art on a Postcard, True Rocks, House of Fairytales, The Idler, Cob Gallery, Moniker, Turps Banana & Alumni, Worton Hall Studios ., Jealous Gallery with Conor Brothers & more, Baron Magazine, Flying Leaps with Kennard Phillips, Heath Kane, Oddly Head, Robert Inkflood and Dr D, Outside World, Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent, KIN ART with RYCA & Swifty, Smithson Gallery with Andrew Miller, Sophie Layton, Jayson Lilley, Clare Halifax, Helen Jones, Frea Buckler and Charlotte Farmer. L-13 with Billy Childish and Jamie Reid


Plus NEW! for 2018: Ed Eustace & the Harbingers, Andy Leek and Notes to Strangers, Cultural Traffic and Toby Mott, Danny Rolph, Gina Soden, Juno Calypso, Joe Sweeney, Lady Muck, The Misfortune Teller, Mustufa Hulusi, Phil Colbert, Charlotte Colbert, Rob & Nick Carter, Chris Levine

PLUS! Black Door Agency presents The Art of the DJ with Andy Weatherall, Justin Robertson, Kevin Rowland’s Live DJ Show, Lulu Laven and Miranda Sawyer.

Tickets are on sale (this year there are no sponsors so advance ticket sales helps cover all the costs in a big way, the production, the venue hire, buying advance tickets will be much appreciated and help the fair evolve), tickets are on sale via this link

“Established in 2004 as an informal and unique cross of an art fair and a car boot sale, the Art Car Boot Fair has evolved into a quintessentially British event of art buying and festivity. The event is unique among art fairs in offering the public a rare and intimate interaction with the artist. From the famous to the hungry new star, each artist pitches up for the day to sell his or her work. Some of the art is exclusively commissioned for the event, and most of it at a fabulously reduced just-for-a-day price” – that bit is right, no gallery commissions you see, most of the time what an artist sells a pice the gallery takes and big commission, fair enough, the gallery people have livings ot make, but at the Art Car Boot Fair you get to deal direct, bought a signed piece of Tracey for £20 a couple of years ago, and yes, you can turn up with not too much cash and have a brilliant day looking and meeting and people watching and soaking it all up and just leaving with a modest piece or two. As the organisers (who are artists themselves, this really is about artists coming together and making it happen ourselves), and as the organisers rightly say, .”get your tickets here to secure your place at the art worlds most exuberant event!”, I love taking part, can’t wait…. (sw)

ORGAN PREVIEW: All aboard for the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair, tickets are now on sale – “get your tickets to secure your place at the art world’s most exuberant event!”



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