Like many other art events scheduled for the second half of this year, the Art Car Boot Fair has canceled its live event in favor of an online version of the famous exuberant one-day event.
The first-ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday, September 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining the lineup of over 100 artists.
Karen Ashton, Founder of the Art Car Boot Fair, says, “We have been thinking for some time about developing a digital counterpart to our Live Art Car Boot Fair events, both to expand our reach and to access new audiences. The challenges presented by the global pandemic have pushed us in a new and exciting direction.
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The ACBF team is also taking this opportunity to launch a new membership program alongside its online debut. For a special half price introductory offer of just £12 for the year, new members will be able to access the first digital Art Car Boot Fair, as well as all other digital events coming through the year coming soon, 25% off tickets to the future of live events, exclusive offers with ACBF partner organizations and discount vouchers redeemable on selected artworks. Those who buy a membership before September 1 will be entered into a raffle to win a £100 voucher to spend at this year’s show.
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The fair will be delivered through a website specially created for the event. Each artist will have their own virtual car trunk “pitch” showcasing not only all of their artwork, but also specially created films and direct links to the artists’ studios.
Just like ACBF Live events, the Viral Edition will offer direct access to a fantastic selection of artists, all of whom will be doing work especially for the day and selling at amazing “boot fair” prices. There will be countdowns, virtual queues, waiting rooms, art deposits, exclusive editions, many originals and a myriad of ways for visitors to get involved, including artist-led experiences, original interactions from artists like Mr Bingo and the Misfortune Teller, and a few bonus surprises. There will be another chance to pick up even more fantastic art bargains during the free-access follow-up event “Everything Must Go” on Monday, September 21, from 6-8 p.m.
Adds Karen Ashton, “We hope this year’s digital event delivers all the anticipation, frivolity and anarchic fun that has made the Art Car Boot Fair such a resounding success over the past 15 years. The full list of participating artists will be announced in the first week of September. Artists confirmed so far include:
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Art on a postcard
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|Worton Hall Studios
Rob and Nick Carter
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Artist Engagement/Matthew Burrows
The first Art Car Boot Fair was held in London in 2004 with a lineup of around 30 artists including Gavin Turk, Abigail Lane, Mat Collishaw, Fiona Banner and Bob & Roberta Smith. ACBF has been held every year since except 2005, and currently takes place twice a year and features a guest lineup of 150 artists with Turner Prize winners alongside rising stars, fine artists alongside street performers and everything in between. Art is exclusively commissioned for the event and presented at fabulously discounted prices, just for the day by the artist himself.
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