Art on the Beach. Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Hastings Edition, The Stade, beside Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW 12pm – 4pm Saturday 16th July 2016

Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016  © Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016, print 29.7 x 21cm. Edition of 150, £100 ©Sir Peter Blake

by Guy Sangster-Adams

Following their highly successful seaside forays to Folkestone and Margate over the previous two summers, this Saturday Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair visits Hastings for the first time. The event will take place on The Stade, next to the Jerwood Gallery, at the juxtaposition of the extraordinary tall tarred net shops and beach launching fishing fleet and the beach set amusement arcades, pirate mini golf, and pedal swan boating lake.

Hastings fishing boats from the Jerwood Gallery photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Hastings fishing boats from the Jerwood Gallery, 2016, photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

The dual heritage of fishing town and seaside resort are celebrated in limited edition works created specially for the event by Sir Peter Blake and Marcus Harvey. The former has created a new print based on an existing collage, Hastings Memories, which he created from found objects collected on the shingle beside the fishing boats, whislt Harvey has created ceramic stoneware sandcastles. Inselaffe, the largest public gallery exhibition of Marcus Harvey’s work to date, also opens on Saturday at the Jerwood Gallery.

Marcus Harvey, Sandcastle, 2016 © Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey, Large Sandcastle, 2016, ceramic stoneware, fort-style sandcastle bucket size. Edition of 100 Special fair price £201.60 (usually £400) © Marcus Harvey

Since the first ACBF in 2004, co-curators Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward’s ethos has been that the event should enable everyone to engage with art and artists in a totally informal way and with all the artists taking part creating special limited editions and selling them in person on the day at affordable prices, “to pick up some real art bargains to boot”. A mix of boot sale and art fair many of the artists’ pitches are supplied by Vauxhall Motors who have sponsored ACBF since it began and on Saturday will be bringing both vintage Victors from their heritage collection and new Adams.

John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016  © John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016, 2-colour screen-print on 250gsm Somerset White Velvet paper with MP3 player and headphones, 30 x 40cm. Edition of 25 (unframed), £150. Commissioned and produced by Alteria Art with special thanks to Earl Broad & Johnny Green© John Cooper Clarke

Punk poet, John Cooper Clarke, is also taking part and in collaboration with in collaboration with Alteria Art has created a limited edition silkscreen print of the words to his most famous poem, Chicken Town, handwritten over the outline of his hand (‘the hand’ is the theme of this year’s ACBFs and is reflected in both the artworks and entertaiments). The print also comes with a recording of the track on a MP3 in the form of a pin badge.

Quentin Blake, Thoughtful Bird, Walking, 2016 © Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake, Thoughtful Bird, Walking, 2016. Pen and ink on handmade Indian paper, 30 x 30cm. All the Blake works, of which this is one example, are framed originals and will sell for between £500-­£1000. © Quentin Blake

Other artists taking part include, Sir Quentin Blake, Fiona Banner, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, Wilma Johnson, Jennifer Binnie, and Christine Binnie, Helen A Pritchard, and Rachel Howard. Alongside live music, including Sarah Jane Morris, Band of Holy Joy, and Martin Creed and his band, there will also be hand themed entertainments including sleights of hand, glove puppetry,handbag slinging, and hand-printing. In addition to locally produced food, beer and wines.

Jennifer Binnie ACBF Margate Edition 2015 photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Jennifer Binnie at Art Car Boot Fair’s Margate Edition, 2015. Photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

However you get there, be it vintage Vauxhall, by train, on foot, or riding a white pedal swan, do so because ACBF are certain to rock Rock-A-Nore this Saturday!


Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Hastings Edition, The Stade, beside Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW 12pm – 4pm Saturday 16th July 2016. Admission £3
For more information:
or follow: #VACBF

Full line-up
Marcus Harvey . Sir Peter Blake . Emin International (Tracey Emin is unable to attend in person but limited editions of her work will be available from Emin International). Worton Hall Studios .  Gavin Turk . Quentin Blake . Martin Creed . Fiona Banner . Rachel Howard . Keith Coventry . John Cooper Clarke with Alteria Art . Pure Evil . Hayden Kays . Alessandro Raho . Ian Dawson . Charming Baker . Camille Phoenix . Holly Allen . James Birch . Lincoln Taber . David David . Keeler Tornero . Jess Albarn . Rutie Bothwick . Mr Bingo . Colin Booth .  Helen A Pritchard . Matthew Burrows . Maria Teresa Gavazzi with Julia Maddison & India Roper Evans . Art on a Postcard . Herrick Gallery & Jeffrey Disaster . Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent & Skeleton Cardboard . Jennifer Binnie . Christine Binnie . Wilma Johnson . True Rocks. Kristjana S Williams . Hastings Rocks . Mario Rossi . Phil Allen . X Ray Fog . Paul Stolper . Kate Knight . Dan Chilcott & Knitted Swimsuit Troupe . David J Batchelor . Jake Clark . Joe Packer . Bumble & Earwig . Amanda Jobson & Stuart Griffiths . Cate Halpin with The Outside World  Allstars . Wildcat Will . Olivier Richon . Jealous Gallery . Moniker Projects & David Shillinglaw . Marty Thornton . Cliff Pearcey . Paul Sakoilsky . Stine Goetrik . Tony Beaver . Turps Painters . Jessica Wilson . Swifty and Scrawl Collective . Wendy Newell with Oska Lappin, Jasmine Bell, Rufus Newell & Nick Snelling . Richard Clegg . Sadie Hennessy . Resort . Leigh Clark . Paul Hodgson . Deborah Bowness . Cullinan and Richards . Carrie Reichardt & Nick Reynolds . The Darren Coffield & Hedley Roberts Roadshow . Rennaissance Selfies . Matt Rowe  . Nina Saunders .  Smithson Gallery . Dion Kitson. Galerie Simpson . Band of Holy Joy . Sarah Jane Morris . Martin Creed & his Band . Special Guests . Magic .Borough Wines . eat@the Stade . Three Legs . William the Conequeror .

Tweet this article:

Follow Guy Sangster-Adams on Twitter and Instagram



Comments are closed.