After Saro’s rave reviews of the Art Car Boot Fair 2014, needless to say I was wetting my pants in anticipation of this years extravaganza, held on June 14th. And for those of you who are yet to hear about this yearly London event, you’re probably thinking… A car boot… for art?! Oh yes!
Each year artists and all-comers unite, with the aim of engaging with ‘art in an informal way’, to ‘pick up some real art bargains’ and of course to have a jolly good time! So as an Art Car Boot Fair novice, let me tell you that Sunday’s event definitely didn’t disappoint…
It was an early(ish) start as we ventured off to Brick Lane - of course you need a hip location for an event as cool as this – but I reasoned that my well deserved lie would be put to shame by the antics of the day ahead – and I was right! Saro and my sister Trudy accompanied me on the trip (with a few grumbles from Trudy), so in the end it really was a family affair. Unfortunately, this meant that Nik and Brody were left to man the gallery, but being the nice people we are we gave them several updates throughout the day…
However, talking of safety, after a couple of shots I commented how the pellets were backfiring into my face… At which point Swifty swiftly (nicely done there) brought out some protective glasses… Much appreciated - I can’t say I wasn’t worried about losing an eye!
As we all made our way further along the yard, our curiosity got the better of us when we saw a queue snaking around one of the stalls. This turned out to be a momentous occasion for us, as who did the queue turn out to be for? Only the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake! We were desperate to meet this living legend of course, and after standing patiently in line, our moment came (after we got our hands on one of his limited edition prints of course). Not only did we get to meet him, but we also had a good old chat with Peter for about five minutes – so you can imagine how honoured we felt! Two days later, Saro and I are still on cloud nine, whereas Trudy is still flabbergasted at the amount of security guards needed for Peter’s stall. Around six in total I think!
Now, you didn’t think we’d leave without getting a photo though did you? As you can see from Saro’s grin, we all immensely enjoyed meeting Peter, and no doubt it will be a story for the grandchildren…
Eye Like Gallery.