Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

Flogging wares from the back of a car in London’s East End isn’t necessarily where you’d imagine the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Bob & Roberta Smith and Pam Hogg.

Lady Christina Blake and her daughter with a red car
Lady Christina Blake and her daughter with a red car

And while it seems unlikely we’ll see them sipping stewed lukewarm tea from a dodgy thermos and munching on soggy sandwiches as perhaps more seasoned carbooters might, these very artists will be taking to an east end car park at the end of the month as the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair returns for its ninth year.

A family affair: Damon, Jessica and Keith Albarn
A family affair: Damon, Jessica and Keith Albarn

The 2012 edition features a brilliant line-up of artists including the aforementioned Sir Peter Blake, Bob & Roberta Smith and Pam Hogg; Jessica Albarn, Pure Evil, Turps Banana, Wildcat Will and more, alongside less well-established artists.

Gavin Turk holding an egg
Gavin Turk holding an egg

The artists themselves will be selling their work from the boots of classic and vintage cars, with prices of pieces ranging from £10 to £1000. This year also sees the return of painting magazine Turps Banana, which will be selling limited-edition artists prints.

Polly Morgan laughing at a dead bird on a brush
Polly Morgan laughing at a dead bird on a brush

New for this year is the collaboration with Handbag Disco in support of Just for Kids Law charity. Mixing entertainment, philanthropy and, yup, handbags, visitors will be able to buy a £10 ticket to enter into a draw for a luxury handbag while being entertained by DJs such as Gaz Mayall, musician and artist Wildcat Will and performance poet Murray McLachlan Young.

Tracey Emin and a flamboyant chum write in some books
Tracey Emin and a flamboyant chum write in some books

In a clever take on traditional nightclub etiquette, the 1970s disco soundtrack will encourage customers to boogie around handbags hidden in cloth bags – some of which contain those with pretty hefty price tags.

Pam Hogg sits on a Vauxhall
Pam Hogg sits on a car

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair takes place on 27 May at Brick Lane Yard, Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, London E1. For more information visit at www.artcarbootfair.com

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