Frieze London is one of the worlds leading contemporary art fairs held in October every year at Regents Park in the heart of London, easily accessible from the West End.
Over 1000 top world artists from more than 170 art galleries have their work on display and the fair attracts nearly 70000 visitors per year. Although the fair is set up primarily to sell the works it is thought that the majority of people attend purely for enjoyment.
2014 saw the inaugural Frieze Artist Award which allows an emerging artist to produce a site specific work at Frieze London. This was won by Mélanie Matranga from Paris and the 2015 winner is Rachel Rose, who is based in New York. In 2015 there were over 1200 applications from artists all over the world with the winner chosen by an international panel of artists and curators. The winner also has access to a budget of up to 20,000 pounds to help with fees, expenses, production and development of the work.
Other features of the fair:
- Frieze Talks – a daily programme of talks, panel debates and discussions held in the Auditorium. Admission is included with the purchase of tickets for frieze London although seats can be booked on the day.
- Frieze Projects – a series of new commissions a focus on artists whose practices intersect with other disciplines including dance, theatre, film and music.
- Live – a section dedicated to ambitious performance-based installations. Selected galleries will display works that have been designed for the fair as well as some historical pieces. Discover all the highlights of the fair by joining a guided tour or enjoy some refreshments at the wide range of restaurants that are available.
The major sponsor of the fair is Deutsche Bank with others including Alexander McQueen, The Financial Times, Selfridges, Simmons & Simmons, BMW, St Pancras Chambers and ercol.