Preview: Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

Bargain hunters, art lovers and beach bums rejoice – the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair is coming to Folkestone for the first time at the end of the month. Previously taking place at our beloved Brick Lane, the art fair is packing its suitcase and chasing the sun, as it heads down to the seaside for the opening weekend of the Folkestone Triennial.  

Taking place since 2004, the Art Car Boot Fair injects some fun into the commercial art scene, inviting artists to let their hair down and visitors to engage with art in a relaxed setting. Sponsored by Vauxhall, the company provides support for the artists by providing the boots that the art will be sold from, making it free for the artists to take part in.

Artists we can expect to see at the Folkestone show include controversial artist Tracey Emin who rose to fame with her work ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995.’ Emin will be creating limited edition posters, sculptures and embroidered artworks exclusively for the fair, where she will also be joined by Gavin Turk – both of whom are part of the Young British Artists movement. Turk will be bringing his Canvas Car to the event, a ‘mummified’ Vauxhall Ampera that will open its boot to sell a number of unique pieces on the day. Other artists that will be joining them include Mat Collishaw, Chris Barnes, James Unsworth, Nina Saunders and of course, much more.

Not only will attendees be able to buy some art, but the Vauxhall Art Cargo will also offer the opportunity to get stuck in as they provide the equipment to create a masterpiece of their own. Performances will also be taking place and artisan food will be available, ensuring that the whole day is full of fun, food and thrifty finds.

The event takes place on Saturday the 30th of August at Harbourside car park. For more information visit their website

Words: Kayla Joleen