Fifteen years ago, thirty artists filled their boots with a selection of original works and held a one-day get together. They wanted to create an informal space in which artists could meet other artists, while visitors could peruse work, have a chat with those who made it and buy a piece or two at a snip of the price.
The event was a roaring success and has been running annually ever since. Over the years it has featured hundreds of creators, from Turner Prize winners to emerging talents, and more recently the cream of the urban art scene.
It is all run like a club where all the participants are invited by the event – or are recommended by other booters – and unlike most art fairs, there is no financial transaction between the artists and the organisers. They simply rock up and take what they make.
Seeing as it’s their 15th birthday – and their first time in Granary Square – this year’s Car Boot is going to be another scorcher, with the likes of Bob and Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk, Sadie Hennessy and more.
The twist is they’re running an adjacent Art Cycle Basket Fair, in which artists bring everything they need by bike. A trio of de-commissioned Santander Cycles – donated by the bank, not pinched from Euston Road – will be ready to be dressed by Central St Martin’s students.
Oh, and they’re piloting Art of the DJ, which sees a handful of music-makers, including Andrew Weatherall, Justin Robertson and Miranda Sawyer, playing live sets, with many selling their music-oriented works on the side as well.
Main image: Jason Gibilaro, Art Car Boot Fair Vauxhall, 2018, Giclée print on Hahnemühle German Etching paper, 30cm x 40cm © Jason Gibilaro