Important: New Bag Restrictions
Due to changes in security procedure large bags will not be permitted into the event. Please do not bring suitcases, folding bicycles, scooters or any large items bigger than a handbag or laptop bag. A very limited bag drop facility will incur a £5 charge and proceeds will be donated to Save the Children. Coats and umbrellas can be checked free of charge.
When is Frieze London 2018?
In 2018, Frieze London will coincide with Frieze Masters and open to the public from 4–7 October. An invitation-only preview day will be held on Wednesday 3 October 2018.
How many people attend the fair and who are they?
Each year, for the last five years, we have had over 60,000 visitors to Frieze London. These visitors included those with an interest in the art world, such as curators, artists, collectors, gallerists and critics, as well as the general public. Some visit as first-time collectors of art whilst others view the fair more as an exhibition, enjoying the experience as a cultural day out.
How do I get a ticket for the fair?
Tickets for Frieze London will be available from June 2018. In order to ensure the best experience for all visitors, tickets are limited. Buy your tickets in advance to save money and guarantee entry, particularly at the weekend. Visit both Frieze London and Frieze Masters on the same day and benefit from our special combined ticket.
What is the relationship between Frieze Masters and Frieze London?
Frieze London coincides with and is within walking distance of Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park. Frieze London is one of the only fairs to focus only on contemporary art whilst Frieze Masters gives a unique view on the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice. Frieze Masters shows work made before the year 2000 whereas Frieze London presents work created mainly post-2000. Victoria Siddall is the Director of Frieze Masters and Frieze London, with artistic direction from Joanna Stella-Sawicka.
What makes Frieze London different from other art fairs?
Frieze London is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The fair’s exhibiting galleries represent some of the most exciting artists working today, from the emerging to the iconic; and a team of world-leading independent curators advise on feature sections, making possible performance-based work and ambitious presentations by emerging galleries. The fair’s focus on living artists and innovative practice is also evident in Frieze Projects, the critically acclaimed non-profit programme of new artists’ commissions; and Frieze Talks, which is curated by frieze magazine editors. Unlike most other fairs, Frieze takes place at the heart of its host city, forming part of London’s vibrant cultural fabric and international art scene.
Who are the Frieze London architects?
London-based creative design consultancy Universal Design Studio have been the appointed architectural team for Frieze London since 2014. From 2011–2013 London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke were the Frieze London architects. Carmody Groarke were recipients of the prestigious Building Design UK Young Architect of the Year (YAYA) in 2007, the practise won two RIBA awards in 2010 and were last year named as winners of the International Emerging Architecture Award by The Architectural Review.
What are the annual sales figures?
Frieze London released sales figures following the first three fairs. However, the Directors came to regard such results to be misleading and inaccurate, as many sales are completed post-fair, and many galleries choose to keep their sales figures private. From 2006, the fair has not released sales figures. Whilst the fair is a commercial venture, the fair equally relies on the relationships with collectors and curators made by participating galleries at the fair.
How are the galleries selected for the fair?
Around 500 galleries apply each year for the fair. Each year, the application form is posted on the website in December, the application deadline is in January and the selection is made in April. The selection is made by a committee of gallerists who participate in the fair; the fair Directors chair the meeting but do not vote.
Who is on the committee?
The 2018 Selection Committee is:
Stefan Benchoam, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
Marcia Fortes, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo
Sylvia Kouvali, Rodeo, Istanbul & London
Andrew Kreps, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Esther Schipper, Esther Schipper, Berlin
Niklas Svennung, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Nicky Verber, Herald St, London
What is the main section?
Exhibitors in the main section are commercial galleries of any age, representing an international programme of artists.
What is Focus?
Focus is a section for galleries showing emerging artists, made up of solo and group stand proposals, specifically conceived for the fair. The section has a flexible fee and application structure taking into account the needs of emerging galleries. Depending on the age of the gallery, those formed either in or after 2006 and 2010 are eligible to apply for different stand sizes, proposal types and price levels. In 2018, the section will be advised by Andrew Bonacina and Laura McLean-Ferris.
What was Sex Work?
In 2017, independent curator and scholar Alison Gingeras presented Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics. The section was dedicated to women artists working at the extreme edges of feminist practice since the 1960s, and the galleries who supported them. Sex Work, Gingeras has said, paid homage to artists 'who transgressed sexual mores, gender norms and the tyranny of political correctness and were frequently the object of censorship in their day’ in addition to ‘highlighting the seminal role galleries have played in exhibiting the radical women artists who were not easily assimilated into mainstream narratives of feminist art.’
What is the Reading Room?
Launched in 2015, the Reading Room created a new space for visitors to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts and lifestyle publications, and attend an exciting daily schedule of events.
What is the non-profit programme?
Frieze founded its non-profit arm in 2003, the same year as the fair. Curated in 2017 by Raphael Gygax, the programme comprises Frieze Projects, new, site-specific projects by artists in and around the fair; Frieze Film; Frieze Music; and the Frieze Artist Award, given to an international emerging artist. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award 2017 were supported by the LUMA Foundation. In addition, Frieze Talks is curated by frieze magazine and features today’s most influential cultural figures, in a series of panel discussions and conversations taking place daily in the fair’s auditorium.
Who is the curator of Frieze Projects?
The Frieze Projects programme at Frieze London 2017 was curated by Raphael Gygax. It was curated previously by Nicola Lees from 2013 to 2015, Sarah McCrory from 2010 to 2012, Neville Wakefield, from 2007 to 2009, and Polly Staple, from 2003 to 2006.
What is Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks is a daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists and is presented by Frieze Projects in collaboration with frieze magazine. Participants of the programme have included John Baldessari, Bridget Riley, Tino Sehgal and John Waters.
What is Frieze Sculpture?
Frieze Sculpture is located in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens at the South end of The Broadwalk connecting Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the display brings together exceptional outdoor works by leading artists from around the world. Frieze Sculpture will open mid-summer 2018 and run until the close of the Frieze fairs in October.
Does Frieze produce any publications to accompany the fair?
Launched in 2015, Frieze Week magazine celebrates the richness of the fairs, as well as the simultaneous surge of cultural events that take place across the city. The magazine is available for purchase online, in advance of the fair; with a ticket to Frieze London; and at the fair.
How do I get to the fair?
Frieze London is located in the south of The Regent’s Park with the entrance off Park Square West. The postcode is NW1 4NR. Frieze Masters is approximately 15 minutes walk from Frieze London.
Frieze London is less than five minutes walk from Regent’s Park tube station. Baker Street and Great Portland Street tube stations are also close by.
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Bike racks are provided within the park. The nearest docking stations for Transport for London’s cycle hire scheme are located next the tennis courts in Regent’s Park, towards Baker Street on Marylebone Road, next to Great Portland Street Underground station or on Albany street.
There are a limited number of Pay and Display parking spaces in the park. Car parking is free on the Inner and Outer Circles after 6.30pm. Public transport is very convenient for the fair and we recommend you use it where possible. Alternatively, if you want to pre-book your parking, Frieze visitors can receive a 20% discount through JustPark with the code FRIEZE20. Their nearest spaces can be found here.
Frieze London is outside the central London congestion charging zone.For further information about the boundaries of the zone and how it may affect your journey, please visit http://www.cclondon.com or call 0845 900 1234.
Coaches are not allowed into the park. The nearest drop-off point is Baker Street Station.
Can I get a combined ticket for Frieze London and Frieze Masters?
There will be a combined ticket for Frieze London and Frieze Masters which will be available from the fair’s ticket agent.
If I cannot get to London for Frieze London is there any part of it that I can still enjoy?
Visit our website at frieze.com which offers podcasts of all Frieze Talks as well as details of Frieze Projects and Frieze Film. Frieze also publishes a comprehensive guide to contemporary art and cultural activities in Frieze Week magazine, which is available from mid-September each year and can be ordered online at frieze.com. For updates on Frieze London 2018, follow @friezeartfair on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook and sign up to the Frieze email via the link below.