THE ORIGINAL

For our first foray into South East London we are delighted to be taking up residence in The Workshop in the heart of Lambeth’s exciting and fast developing new gallery district. 

2017 is the year the boot fair gets a re-boot with our theme The Original. When we began in 2004 our intention was to gently kick against the increasing commercialisation of the post Saatchi /Frieze London art market back then, and to create a more anarchic marketplace where like-minded artists could have some fun with their work, try out some new ideas and barter directly with their audience. We felt that the boot fair had itself become a bit commercial and its spirit dulled as a result, so we’re refreshing it, moving to a new area for 2017 and making sure everyone who is invited makes artworks and wares or provides special art services just for the day. We live in testing times and we fully expect some of the artists to be responding to what’s going on in the world in all manner of witty and incisive ways!

We’re lucky to have linked up with U+I . They have made their fabulous venue in the former workshop of the London Fire Brigade available to us and we’ll also be featuring a boutique selection of pitches from the fabulous Bath Vintage & Antiques Fair  plus astonishing children and teenager activities from both the House of Fairytales  and The Imagination Lab. The Workshop is right in the centre of Vauxhall’s exciting new gallery district flanked by Newport Street Gallery and Beaconsfield, with the Cabinet Gallery and Gasworks down the road and Chewdays in the next street. 

Expect lots of serious art bargains as always, boots of originals, every artist listed will be present, plus there will be masses of frivolous goings-on, less endless ‘limited editions’ and more of the art world really letting its hair down and trying out new things for an engaged, fun and art-loving crowd. 

We’ll be announcing our full-line-up for London in the first week in June as we’re currently hunting out brand new talents to add to our fantastic list of regulars. There will also be a Black Cow Vodka bar, a Colony Room pop-up revival.... and lots of weird and wonderful entertainments. 

Fill your pockets with cash, your hearts with joy and head on down to: 

The Workshop

26 Lambeth High Street

London SE1 7AG

Sunday 9th of July

12 - 6 pm

for ‘the most stylish boot sale imaginable’ (British Vogue)

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