Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

The day the art-world lets its hair down is back and set to kick off this summer on Sunday 14th June with a fresh line-up of artists and brand new entertainment including Dog in a Boot Show, Vauxhall Art Car Bonnets, Daylight Cabaret and more. In the heart of Shoreditch, at the Brick Lane Yard, a mix of established and up-and-coming artists personally pitch up to sell their original and limited edition works of art out of the back of new and vintage Vauxhall cars.

Returning artists include Tracey Emin, True Rocks with Rachel Howard, Polly Morgan, Gavin Turk, Ben Eine, Pam Hogg, Bob and Roberta Smith, Marcus Harvey and Turps Banana and Kristijana Williamswho return to sell limited edition pieces, created just for the day. New artists including VicReeves, Lisa Milroy, Dolores de Sade, Barry Reigate, Elli Popp and Holly Allan will also join the line-up of artists selling work at authentically bargain prices.

This year a select number of artists including Rachel Howard, Ben Eine, Vic Reeves and Matt Small will be creating art pieces using car bonnets provided by Vauxhall Motors as their canvas. The Vauxhall Art Car Bonnets will be auctioned on the day to raise money for charity. The car park will be full with English eccentricity, incredible bargains, cool art, eclectic wares and madcap performances including Richard Strange’s Daylight Cabaret.

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair founder and curator, Karen Ashton, comments on this year’s event,

“This year the Art Car Boot Fair is all about packing even more into our car park, exciting new artists, extraordinary performances and a dog show to boot, literally in the boot – we have a lightly canine theme for 2014 and lots to announce over the coming weeks”.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors said, “The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair has a special place in our event calendar, showcasing the best of British art and for one-day only, making it accessible to anyone and everyone. It also gives us a chance to ‘fire up’ our fabulous Vauxhall heritage fleet. Whether it’s the Victor Estate which cost £861 13s 1d in 1963, ‘droop snoot’ Firenza inspired by Concorde, or Viva HA which sold over 100,000 in only 10 months after its introduction, the cars on display take people down memory lane. People keep coming back for more and this year is set to be another rip-roaring art success, with some interesting announcements to come.”

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair is an art-buying frenzy from the moment the doors open to the thousand plus queue, waiting for the chance to grab the special just-for-the-day artworks. There’s something for every pocket with works typically on sale for between £10 to £1,000.​

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

Date: Sunday 14th June 2014

Time: 12 – 6pm

Address: Brick Lane Yard, Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, London E1

Tickets: £5 - available on the door

More information: Visit

Social Media: @artcarbootfair / @vauxhall


For further information please contact:

Kate Oyler – / 01582427108

About Vauxhall Motors

Vauxhall Motors has been manufacturing vehicles in the UK continuously since 1903 and has recently launched the Vauxhall ADAM, Mokka and Cascada. Vauxhall’s range spans all mainstream sectors of the vehicle market with best-selling model names such as Corsa, Astra, Meriva, Zafira and Insignia regularly topping the sales charts. Vauxhall is also the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in the UK and its parent company General Motors’ 4th largest global market.

Vauxhall employs over 4500 in the UK and exports over 70% of its production. It is headquartered in Luton, Bedfordshire with manufacturing plants in the town (Vivaro van production) and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire (Astra production).

Vauxhall Motors sponsor the Home Nations Football, Help for Heroes and supports up and coming designers and artists through a number of initiatives.

About Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

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. It has been held every year since, except for 2005. The main aim of the Art Car Boot Fair is to be a day when the artists let their hair down and for all-comers to engage with art and the artists in an informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot.

The Art Car Boot Fair is a fun and exciting one day event combining a car boot sale and an art fair. Originated and produced by Karen Ashton, a curator and independent art consultant and writer, the ideas behind the Art Car Boot Fair developed out of Joshua Compston’s ‘Fete Worse than Death’ and Gavin Turk’s ‘Livestock Market’ and ‘Articultural Shows’, Hoxton based events that blazed a trail in the late 90’s. The first Art Car Boot Fair picked up where they left off with the intention of re-introducing some summer fun and frivolity into a thriving but increasingly commercial London art scene.

Participation as an artist in the Art Car Boot Fair is by invitation only. There is no pitch fee and no transaction with the organisers. We work with well-known and up and coming artists who all buy into the idea of making their work accessible to a wide audience on the day. The event now features a line-up of over 70 artists. The event is at once cool, stylish, eccentric and bursting with incredible art bargains.​