If you’ve ever been to Brick Lane on a Sunday, you won’t be surprised to hear that I was not alone when I took the overground up to Shoreditch High Street last weekend. In fact, I’m not sure I’d seen it busier. But tucked just off Brick Lane was the reason I’d braved the crowds, the Art Car Boot Fair.
An annual event, the Art Car Boor Fair in London is now in it’s 11th year, and judging on the size of this year’s queue… it’s no longer one of the urban art scenes best kept secrets! With the likes of Pure Evil, Peter Blake and Ben Eine all producing work for the fair and all offering art at reasonable prices, it is hardly surprising I found myself in a queue of hundreds of people all waiting patiently for the nondescript gates to open and admit us into this unique event.
The urban art scene has certainly made art buying accessible, and this is the best example of the explosion of affordable art exposed to a new market. Although print making is not itself a new skill, the proliferation of various print techniques has meant that artists are able to reach a wider audience and engage a larger group of buyers in their work.
If the artists that make up the urban art scene, with Banksy being undoubtedly the most famous, are promoting a renewed interest in the arts and supporting affordable art to a new (and often younger) audience, then I hope that the Art Car Boot Fair next year proves an even bigger success.
Header Image: Pure Evil, Prince Philip’s Nightmare, 2013