Russborough Art Car Boot Fair


A contemporary art event like no other, an art world mash-up of the car boot sale with the contemporary art fair! The very best of Ireland’s contemporary artists sell affordable artworks and collectibles directly to the public or do performative activities such as portrait sketches. 

Participating artists include Vera Klute ARHA, Gabhann Dunne, PJ Lynch, Gillian Lawler, Blaise Smith RHA, Joe Dunne RHA, Helen Blake, Sean Molloy, Nicky Hooper, Monika Crowley, Yanny Petters, Eoin MacLochlainn, Hugh Cummins, Paul Murnaghan, Oscar Fouz Lopez, Catherine Barron and many, many more. Small original works by these artists fetch hundreds or thousands of euro but at this fair, budding collectors can buy something fun and affordable made just for this event or during the event. Get in early to have your portrait sketched by Children’s Laureate P J Lynch, Hennessy Portrait award winner Vera Klute or Women on Walls portraitist, Blaise Smith. The National Print Museum will be there with their outreach van customising prints and running workshops.

The Art Car Boot Fair will take place on Russborough's majestic carriage Sweep at the front of the house. Russborough in Blessington, Co Wicklow has a long association with Fine Art in Ireland and is home to the extensive Beit collection of art and antiques, as well as donated collections to the Miltown and Beit wings of The National Gallery.

Book tickets to the Art Car Boot Fair

On the spot portrait Drawings by Blaise Smith RHA can be booked on the Form at the bottom of the page. Each sitting is 30 minutes for each drawing. A drawing like this is €100.

Also available are Blaise Smith Limited Edition Artist's Studio Clocks and a Drawing Bot which will produce automated drawings that are part of a new series and Signed by the Artist.

Artist’s Studio Clocks - Suitable for Visual artists, Writers, Sculptors, Poests, Musicians, some Architects, Filmakers and occassionally a Photographer. A very small and unique edition of 50 @€50 each, signed and with an edition number 

Signed Robot Drawings €35 each. Can be made while you wait by the Robot. 

The Below drawings were all produced in 30 minutes approx. 

Russborough montage

Portrait Drawings Booking Form for Sunday 9th September

 If you’d like to book a Blaise Smith portrait drawing please fill out the below form.

Some Conditions: 

Drawings are €100 each, payable on the day. The drawing will take 30 minutes.

Only 8 slots available in the one day so it is a first come first served basis.

To confirm a slot please 

1. Book at least one €10 tick to the Art Car Boot Fair in Russborough Here at EVENT BRITE

2. Fill out and send the below form and when you recieve a reply please return the Eventbrite Confirmation Email

3. Once that is received I will get in touch to confirm and allocate a time etc. 


Each sitter will sit for a half hour and will get a result like the drawings illustrated above - Sittings will go from 11am - 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm in half hour slots and the times will be allocated by lot. 

While I like to draw Children I find that, for a child under 10 it is difficult for them to sit really still for half an hour (especially in what will be very distracting surroundings) so please no children under 10 for this particular event. 

Informnation in this FORM  is collected solely for the purpose of getting bookings for this event and will not be used in any other way. It will be destroyed after the event. If you wish to be on my email list please use the other form at the top of the Home Page - Thanks

All text and images © Blaise Smith 2017