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Top gear … Art Car Boot Sale to showcase works of 100 artists in heart of West End

By Ellen Thomson at

More than 100 Scottish-based contemporary artists will come together this weekend to sell their work from the back of cars, transits and camper vans.

Art Car Boot Sale is gearing up for its biggest event yet at the multi-discipline arts complex SWG3 in Finnieston (July 7 & 8).

The event features artists such as Kate V Robertson and a host of former Turner Prize nominees.

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Gathering: Art Car Boot Sale takes place this weekend

The sale will be on the ground floor, spread throughout the Galvanizers and new Acid Bar, with art priced from £5 to £500.

Tickets are £3 – see link below.

Mutley, founder of SWG3, said: “Whether you are looking for art-as-an-investment or for something original to hang on your wall, Art Car Boot Sale is a treasure trove of contemporary Scottish art.

“We are very excited about hosting the second instalment of this unique event and welcoming people down to SWG3.”

Patricia Fleming, Art Car Boot Sale Organiser, said: “We have fabulous contemporary artists in Scotland.

“It’s one of our greatest cultural assets, and we want to make it really easy and fun for people to start or build collections.

“The car boot sale atmosphere is really relaxed and you get to meet the artists and chat to them about their work and their lives. People really loved it last year.”

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Asset: contemporary art is one of Scotland’s greatest treasures

The 2017 sale welcomed more than 4,000 people and generated around £100,000 for the local arts economy.

This year’s event will also feature DJs and cocktail bars.

Participating artists include: Beagles and Ramsey, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Ilana Halperin, Kate V Robertson, Toby Paterson, Helen De Main, Michael Fullerton, Luke Fowler, Jim Lambie, Tessa Lynch, France-Lise McGurn, Ciara Phillips, Ross Sinclair, Gregor Wright, Erica Eyres, Susannah Stark and some of Glasgow’s finest recent graduates all pitching up in person.

Patricia said: “It’s a no brainer that artists need to be able to sell their work and the public often find galleries quite intimidating, so they need places and events where they feel comfortable to go, browse and buy.

“Here they get to see an eclectic mix of affordable unique works and limited editions straight from the studio by artists selling out of the boots of Glasgow’s finest art transport – camper vans, cars, transits and bikes.”

Kate V Robertson, one of the participating artists (pictured), said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.

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“It’s such a brilliant way to bring artists and the public together – to buy art in the familiar format of a car boot sale.

“Contemporary art in Scotland is really exciting and thriving scene to be a part of, but it can be very challenging to earn a living.”

Renowned Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson added: “The 2017 Art Car Boot was a welcome surprise.

“The quality of engagement with visitors was incredibly refreshing and there was a real sense of mutual benefit as artists received much-needed financial support while making their work a part of the lives of people who might never have thought it possible to own significant, original art.

“It was great fun too and I very much look forward to this year’s event.”

* Advance tickets are available here and on the day at the venue. For further information please visit: https://swg3.tv/events