The Art Car Boot Fair is an original idea by Karen Ashton and has been developed by Karen and her sister Helen Hayward since our first event in 2004 in London. It was an idea that grew out of a desire to pick up where Joshua Compston’s ‘Fete Worse than Death’ and Gavin Turk’s ‘Livestock Market’ and Articultural Shows’ blazed a trail in the 90’s and to re-introduce some summer fun and frivolity into a thriving but increasingly commercial London art scene. We aim for the Art Car Boot Fair to be a day when the artists let their hair down and for all-comers to engage with art in a totally informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot! Participation in the Art Car Boot Fair is by invitation and referral by original ‘booters’ only.


Our Sponsor

Vauxhall has sponsored the Art Car Boot Fair since its first incarnation on Brighton’s West pier in 2003. Since then their commitment has gone from strength-to-strength by supporting each successive event in Brick Lane via artist commissions and supplying boots galore for artists to sell their wares. Vauxhall’s support has also meant that the Art Car Boot Fair has remained free for artists to take part in and they have helped us spread the word through effective and imaginative press and communications support. With an ongoing commitment to championing style and design in the UK, Vauxhall is a keen supporter of creativity through initiatives such as the Art Car Boot Fair.
 The artist commissions supported by Vauxhall have included: Gavin Turk, Bob and Roberta Smith, Abigail Lane and Showroom Dummies, Richard Clegg, Ian Dawson, Lucia Helenka & Mink Productions, Spaced Out, Sarah Baker, Cedric Christie, Fashion East, The Whoopee Club, Mat Collishaw, Literary Saloon, Sir Peter Blake, Ian Monroe, Anthony Gross & Jen Wu, Richard Clegg, Scrawl Collective and MisLed, Oliver Guy Watkins, Pam Hogg, Natasha Law, Jess Albarn, Pearce and Ramsey, Studio Voltaire, Rubbish Magazine, Bob & Roberta Smith and Pure Evil amongst others