Following hugely successful trips to Margate and Folkestone, the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair heads to Hastings on Saturday, 16 July 2016.
The fair’s originator and organiser Karen Ashton has assembled a glorious line-up of art world stars, including legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke, Marcus Harvey and Sir Peter Blake, all of whom will be at the event selling prized editions of their works.
In collaboration with Alteria Art, Cooper Clarke has created a silkscreen print with the lyrics of one of his most famous poems, Chicken Town. The artwork features an outline of Cooper Clarke’s hand – ‘the hand’ being this year’s theme – overlaid with verses from the poem, and will be sold with anMP3 player in the form of a pin badge and headphones. The MP3 player features one track of Cooper Clarke reading the poem.
Pop artist Sir Peter Blake, always a huge crowd puller – at the London edition of the fair in June fans queued all night to get a signed print of the Queen’s head – has created a new print based on an existing collage work called Hastings Memories, which is formed of objects he found lying around the fishing boats along the promenade.
Meanwhile, Marcus Harvey will be selling works including a sandcastle with a Union Jack flag made from ceramic stone created specially for the fair, and a silkscreen print based on his highly controversial portrait of the ‘Moors Murderer’ Myra Hindley, which was first shown at Sensation, the 1997 exhibition that introduced the so-called Young British Artists (YBAs) to a national audience. That version of Myra was made using casts of an infant’s hand, however this print is based on a 1997 version created with plaster casts of sundry plastic objects, including children’s toys and iconic sweet brands that Harvey associated with the period.
Those wanting to see more of Harvey’s oeuvre won’t have to travel far. The fair is being held at The Stade, a public outdoor space in the fishing quarter and next to Jerwood Gallery, which is staging a solo presentation of the artist’s most recent work.
Other artists participating include Keith Coventry, Martin Creed, Rachel Howard, HelenA Pritchard and many more. Tracey Emin, normally a stalwart supporter, is unable to attend this year’s event, although editions of her work will be on sale through her company Emin International.
Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair will be taking place on Saturday 16th July at Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings, TN34 3DW between 12– 3:30pm. Entry is £3.