Yorkshire Sculptors Group - Alan Gummerson, Andrew Pert, Victoria Lucas, Rebecca Strain, Linda Thompson, Terry Hammill, Suzanne North, Barry Midgley, Lucy Hainsworth, John Adamson, Paula Chambers, Hilary Burt
Contents May Vary are hosting ANTIFREEZE Manchester's very first art car boot fair as part of Trade City. ANTIFREEZE is an exhibition about the high-end art market delivered within the format of low-end trade. It is the grass-roots answer to hugely commercial art fairs allowing independent and non-commercial practitioners to explore ideas of value, exchange and independence with artists and artist-led organisations responding to the physical, social, economical, geographical and literal situation.
Manchester's first art car boot fair will be a stroll through the embodied thoughts of over 60 artists from across the UK and beyond, who through no fault of their own have been put in a place beneath and above many others in the art industry. We have given them a platform to vent their airs and graces, woes and praises, present their skills and collections, to succeed and fail, to make money and lose faith, to spend hours in traffic getting here and minutes setting up their work without our help, just so people they don't know can spend seconds judging them on it.
“Everyone thinks you are being shamefully copyist” - Karen Aston, Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, 2009
“Your advertisement [for submissions for ANTIFREEZE] brings our event into disrepute by associating it with a car boot sale.” – Jai Shalimar, Manchester Art Fair, 2009
Contents May Vary show collectively as well as individually and also organize large-scale exhibitions inviting other artists to participate. They find new and challenging ways to exhibit with particular focus on site-responsivitey to non-conventional and everyday spaces. Additionally, they run an independent free-of-charge publication with international distribution.