Jared Schiller:I’m Jared from Tateshots, and we’re here at Rob Pruitt’s flea market, which is taking place at Tate Modern. Kathy Noble is with me, who is the curator at Tate Modern responsible, and she is going to help me pick up a bargain or two and meet some of the artists who are running the stalls. Shall we go and find a bargain?Cathy Noble:Yeah, let’s go and play bargain!Voice in background:I’ve got fleas here. Flea drawing. Real flea drawings. Come and get them now! Real flea drawings, real artworks by real artists. You know you want ‘em – come and get ‘em now!I’ve been studying fleas, and I’ve done some pencil drawings of fleas which people think actually are fleas stuck on the paper.It is terribly detailed.And it’s incredibly detailed.And how does it feel to be part of someone else’s artwork here?I think one of the most important things about this event and similar events, is the idea that artists get to do something which they wouldn’t necessarily do in their studio, which is a little bit oblique, where they themselves go out and sell, like, face-to-face with the audience. And the audience are taking part in a market, but they are also taking part in a kind of art happening.Jared Schiller:We’ve found Rob Pruitt, who is behind this whole event. Rob, tell me about how the flea market started when you first did it in New York.Rob Pruitt:I think it was 1999. I don’t really remember, like, a light bulb moment, but I came to the idea of a flea market in the gallery as a curated group show, and I could just simply ask all of my friends, and then ask my friends to ask their friends, so it has this organic kind of filter-down situation for the list of participants. And leave it very open – people could treat it just simply as a flea market, or they could sell their real artwork, or they could sell multiples of their artwork, and it was just so much fun for everyone.Kathy Noble:Where else are you going?Jared Schiller:I think these Christmas crackers look interesting.Kathy Noble:Why? What’s in the Christmas crackers?Hats.Kathy Noble:Hats you made yourselves?Everybody has been making them.These bookmarks made of cut up paintings.Kathy Noble:Do they actually pop?Yeah.[Crack]Hey! What have you got there?Kathy Noble:‘You will grow a beard.’ Nice. I’m excited about that. Over the next year.Kathy Noble:It’s going to look good.Yeah.Jared Schiller:So there’s a new stallholder has arrived.Kathy Noble:Yep.Jared Schiller:Who is that?Kathy Noble:At last minute’s notice, Tracy Emmons turned up.Tracy Emmons:Prices start off at, like… how much is the pencil? One pound or something? Yeah. They go up, from one pound we’ve got prints that go up to £300, we’ve got prints £25,books £8 limited edition, we’ve got Stop the War, No War, [Drop it, stop it 00:03:17] T-shirts. You buy a raffle ticket for £5. You can even just get a card for nothing and I’m happy to sign it.Kathy Noble:Do you feel like this relates to anything you did when you were younger with the shop and everything, or is it kind of a new departure?Tracy Emmons:This obviously relates to me, because I’ve always made small editions and objects for sale, so doing it at a Christmas fair, this really doesn’t look like the Tate Gallery, which is quite funny, which is quite amusing. So I just hope that more people come and buy raffle tickets, that’s what I want, really. Kathy Noble:Tickets?Tracy Emmons:Yes, and that could win a signed edition of one of my thousand drawings, one of the last copies of my Strange Land hardback, or one of the edition of prints.Kathy Noble:So do you see the whole thing as a performance in a market, and also as a kind of total work of art?Rob Pruitt:It’s like a sixties happening, but in this case it’s more of a crappening!