INDEX gallery


INDEX is an artist-run gallery presenting a rigorous and diverse programme of critically-engaged work, including quarterly magazine INDEXpress. Situated on the original site of Stroud Brewery in Thrupp, the building is now hosting a programme which has included the work of Colin Glen (pictured above), Helen KincaidLouisa FaircloughAndrew Bick and, most recently, artist and filmmaker Jordan Baseman.

INDEX will be at ART FLEA armed with copies of the latest issue of INDEXpress. This includes Dan Glaister and Ali Kayley’s interview with Jordan Baseman, and Cherry Smyth’s piece on Siobhán Hapaska, the artist whose installation the sky has to turn black before you can see the star opened this year’s SITE Festival.


Happy camper


CAMPERblogpicAfter years of building cameras as part of community projects Fotonow photographers Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin dreamed of becoming more mobile.  And so the Camper Obscura project was born!  A 1986 VW T25 camper van was transformed into a giant fully-functioning camera obscura on wheels. The blue periscope is in fact a lens and mirrors pointing skyward giving the viewer inside a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  It’s a captivating experience where the viewer feels completely removed from the surrounding landscape and details of even the most mundane scene, that would usually be overlooked, suddenly become of interest.

Journeys of the mind


John Hegley is a man of many talents – writer, poet, comedian, musician, songwriter… and so the list goes on.  A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe he’s one of Britain’s best loved performers.  He’ll be using the location of ART FLEA, the Brunel designed Goods Shed, as the starting point for his open workshops.  Entitled Paper Trains, he’ll be working through trains of thought to design a railway journey of a lifetime and a love time.  Join him from 12.30… it’s free too!

Retro on rollerskates…


Kessie, owner and designer of UK clothing company Lady K Loves takes her style cues from the late 50s and early 60s and film icons including Jane Russell and Alabama Whirley from True Romance. The thriving subcultural music scene of rock ’n roll, exotica and jive also informs the style direction of the brand.

Roller skating cigarette girls will be whizzing round ART FLEA, selling popcorn, modelling LKL and trying not to fall over!  Expect lots of lipstick, spectacular hairstyles and oodles of glamour.

Shorts, in shorts, with shorts…


An alternative cinema club formed in 2010 by Rupert Howe and Helen Kincaid, Negative Space’s monthly screenings at SVA feature artist films, work by new directors and lost classics from beyond the multiplex. Past highlights include Andrea Arnold’s visceral Fish Tank, Bela Tarr’s sombre classic Werckmeister Harmonies and talks by celebrated British filmmakers Andrew Kötting and Nick Abrahams.

For ART FLEA, Negative Space will be returning to SVA’s long-suffering van – site of a previous showing of Harmony Korine’s perverse and provocative Trash Humpers. Operating for the duration of ART FLEA’s Saturday bazaar, the programme will be made up entirely of short films, by directors as various as John Smith, Guy Maddin and Nick Abrahams, which are all to be viewed while wearing shorts* and drinking shorts. In short… we look forward to seeing you there!

*don’t panic – shorts will be provided for wearing over your own clothes!

Marcus Walters


You can clearly see a background in Graphic Design (Central St Martin’s, London) in the work of Marcus Walters. Colourful, bold and illustrative work in a variety of media, his screen-prints are hand printed and he often incorporates collage and drawn elements. His work has been featured in exhibitions in London, Paris and New York and has been published in various books. His clients include The Fairtrade Foundation, Sony, Levis, Orange and The New York Times.

Marcus has dug deep into his archives to find oddities from his collection – experiments, tests and other one-offs, as well as a huge number of his prints, all at very special low prices just for ART FLEA. Don’t miss a bargain!

Stop me and buy one!


Delight Vintage offers a gorgeous and eclectic array of vintage crockery, tea sets, tablecloths and the like to give any event a retro twist. Keep an eye out for their travelling tea-trolley, touring the ART FLEA site, serving refreshing iced teas and delicious locally-produced doughnuts… with more than a nod to American Diner culture, a real-life Whistle Stop Café.