Art Car Boot Fair Goes Online

In common with many other art events planned for the back half of this year, the Art Car Boot Fair has cancelled its live event in favour of an online version of the famously exuberant one-day event.

The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday 20th September at 12 – 6pm, with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining the line-up of over 100 artists.

Karen Ashton, founder of the Art Car Boot Fair, says: ‘We’d been thinking of developing a digital counterpart to our Live Art Car Boot Fair events for some time, both to extend our reach and to access new audiences. The challenges presented by the global pandemic have pushed us in a new and exciting direction.’

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The ACBF team is also taking this opportunity to launch a new membership programme alongside its online debut. For a special half-price introductory offer of only £12 for the year, new members will be able to access the inaugural digital Art Car Boot Fair, as well as all other upcoming digital events over the coming year, 25 percent off tickets for future live events, exclusive offers with ACBF partner organisations and discount vouchers redeemable on selected artworks. Those who purchase membership before the 1st September will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend at this year’s fair.

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Peter Blake at the ACBF 2016, © Nick Cunard

The fair will be delivered through a specially created event website. Each artist will have their own virtual car boot ‘pitch’ featuring not only all of their artworks, but also specially created films and live links direct to the artists’ studios.

Just as with ACBF Live events, the Viral edition will offer direct access to a fantastic line-up of artists, all of whom will be making work especially for the day and selling for astonishing ‘boot fair’ prices. There will be countdowns, virtual queues, waiting rooms, art drops, exclusive editions, lots of originals and a myriad of ways for visitors to get involved, including artist-led experiences, quirky interactions from artists like Mr Bingo and the Misfortune Teller, and a few surprises to boot. There’ll be another chance to scoop up even more fantastic art bargains at the free access ‘Everything Must Go’ follow-up event on Monday 21st September, 6 – 8pm.

Tracey Emin at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2013 – © Getty

Anarchic delight

Karen Ashton adds: ‘We hope that this year’s digital event will deliver all the anticipation, frivolity and anarchic delight that has made the Art Car Boot Fair such a roaring success for the past 15 years.’ The full line-up of participating artists will be announced in the first week of September. The artists confirmed so far include:

Gavin Turk
Pam Hogg
Jealous Gallery
Amelia Troubridge
Kate Knight
Nina Fowler
Sara Pope
Keira Rathbone
Flying Leaps
Christian Furr
Tracey Neuls
Sophy Rickett
Camille Phoenix
Wildcat Will
Holly Allan
Margi McDaid
Jess Albarn
Quiet British Accent
Heath Kane
Julia Maddison
Adam Dant
Ian Dawson
Abigail Fallis
Helen Beard
Polly Morgan
Kristjana Williams
Pure Evil
Art on a Postcard
Smithson Gallery
Mr Bingo
Jake Clark
Misfortune Teller
Geraldine Swayne
Turps Banana
David Edmond
Worton Hall Studios
Susie Hamilton
Kelly-Anne Davitt
Wilfred Wood
Alice Herrick
Rob & Nick Carter
Rachel Megawhat
Wilfrid Wood

David Saunders
Robert Rubbish
Trolley Books
Marcus Harvey
Carrie Reichardt
Lady Muck
Wilma Johnson
Artists Pledge/Matthew Burrows
Paul Davis
Holly Allan

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 & Roberta Smith. The ACBF has been held every year since, except for 2005, and it currently takes place twice a year and features an invited line-up of 150 artists with Turner Prize winners pitching next to rising stars, fine artists next to street artists and everything in between. The art is exclusively commissioned for the event and presented at fabulously reduced, just-for-the-day prices by the artist in person.

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