Pam Hogg exhibits her art at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot

If this is your first time at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, believe me you’re in for a real treat. The hottest annual art fair – now in its 9th year – returns to the Old Truman Brewery May 27th with a rather fabulous roll call of more than 70 artists including Sir Peter Blake, Polly Morgan, Bob & Roberta Smith, Pam Hogg, Jessica Albarn, Pure Evil, Turps Banana, Wildcat Will and more. The event will bring together a mix of both legendary and up-and-coming artists who will offer up exclusive pieces at this topsy-turvy version of the traditional car boot sale. Just please don’t embarrass yourself by proffering 50p.

Obviously the possibility of getting one’s mitts on a valuable piece will get the crowds flocking. Last year’s event attracted around 5,000 visitors during the six hour event with some canny folk queueing from the day before leading to a line-up of 1,000 people by the time doors opened! So don’t expect to idly saunter along 30 minutes before closing time, you clearly have to put the work in. That said, this event allows artists to let their hair down and for civilians to engage with the art and the people who’ve created it in an informal way, while potentially picking up some real unusual pieces.

The spectacle of artists selling their wares from the boots of classic and vintage cars sounds very charming and eccentrically English. Considering that the artworks are prized from £10 to £1,000, with an entry fee set at a modest £3 you can hardly accuse it of being exclusive.

Besides the artists themselves, renowned painting magazine Turps Banana is also set to make a reappearance at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair this year following their sell-out display last year. Their limited edition prints featuring works by Damian Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcus Harvey and Ryan Mosely became an instant collector’s item and sold out within the first hour. This year, Turps Banana will present another exclusive edition of works from leading artists, which is destined to be another hit.

If this isn’t lively enough for you, get ready for the Handbag Disco in support of Just for Kids law charity. Visitors can release any tension left from queueing overnight while they donate to charity and get the chance to win a designer handbag! In exchange for a £10 ticket, customers will have the chance to win a sought-after handbag worth potentially thousands of pounds. A sort of musical chairs (or handbags, if you like) will see DJ’s such as Gaz Mayall (from Gaz’s Rocking Blues), musician and artist Wildcat Will, performance poet Murray McLachlan Young and others providing the soundtrack to a 70’s style disco where you can cut some rug around handbags disguised in cloth bags. A hot designer bag will be hidden amongst the bags and when the music stops, grab any bag for the chance to take home a stunner. There will be a bag for each disco-dancer so no one will be left empty handed. All the same I anticipate some eye-watering fights… All profits will be donated to the excellent and award-winning charity Just For Kids who provide support, advice and representation to disadvantaged young people who find themselves in difficult situations with the law.

Not forgetting the sponsors, Vauxhall Motors, who will showcase some of their heritage vehicles at the event including the Firenza, Victor, Viva, Chevette, Cavalier, Nova, Velux, Lightning as well as the new, award-winning Vauxhall Ampera.

Food and drink stalls include St John’s Bread & Wine and Nude Espresso. Perfection. Look out for updates at on more famous artists who’ll be taking part along with details on activities and exclusive pieces to be on offer this year.

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Brick Lane Yard
Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street
London E1

Sunday May 27th, 2012
12 – 6 PM
Tickets available on the door £3

Words by Anna Bang

Aye aye! It’s Gavin Turk

Tracy Emin signing her book

Artist Polly Morgan with a piece called Bad Breath


anna bang, Bob & Roberta Smith, Jessica Albarn, Nude Espresso, Pam Hogg, Polly Morgan, Pure Evil, Sir Peter Blake, St John’s Bread & Wine, Turps Banana, Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Wildcat Will,