The fair will be open to the public 14–17 October 2015. An invitation-only preview day will be held on 13 October 2015.
Each year, for the last four 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.
Tickets for Frieze London can be purchased from July each year, online at friezelondon.com using a credit or debit card. Alternatively, visitors can phone Frieze London’s ticket agent, to purchase their ticket. In order to ensure the best experience for all visitors, tickets to Frieze London are limited and must be bought in advance. Visit both Frieze London and Frieze Masters on the same day and benefit from our special combined ticket.
Frieze London is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting contemporary galleries working today. The focus on living artists is also evident in the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects’ programme. The fair presents a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly.
Unlike most other fairs, Frieze London is housed in a bespoke temporary structure, which is located in Regent’s Park and benefits from having a natural light source, avoiding the atmosphere of a trade show, thus making the fair both lively and energetic.
London-based creative design consultancy Universal Design Studio are the appointed architectural team for Frieze London 2014. Since its first year Frieze London has also been fortunate enough to work with a series of talented architects: David Adjaye, Jamie Fobert and Caruso St John, who are well known for their work on museums and art galleries. The architects’ brief is to make the fair an inviting and unique experience. Each year there are eye-catching changes to the design, décor, entrance and spaces such as restaurants and cafes. The architects have the opportunity to experiment and this adds to the experience of the fair.
London-based creative design consultancy Universal Design Studio are the appointed architectural team for Frieze London 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.
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.
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 February and the selection is made in April. There is then an appeals procedure in late 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.
The 2015 Selection Committee is:
Gigiotto Del Vecchio, Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Marcia Fortes, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Carol Greene, Greene Naftali, New York
Sylvia Kouvali, Rodeo, Istanbul & London
Philomene Magers, Sprüth Magers, Berlin & London
Niklas Svennung, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Nicky Verber, Herald St, London
In 2015 the Fair will be made up of 3 sections, the main section, Focus and Live.
Exhibitors in the main section are commercial galleries of any age, representing an international programme of artists.
Focus is a section for young galleries and 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 2003 and 2007 are eligible to apply for different stand sizes, proposal types and price levels. The section has two advisors.
In 2015 the Focus advisors are curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor.
Live is a section dedicated to live, active or performance-based works, which provides an opportunity for galleries to present ambitious projects in an art fair context, placing the most experimental art at the heart of the fair.
Frame was a section dedicated to galleries aged eight years or younger who presented solo projects. In Frieze London the section ran from 2009-2013. In 2014, Frame will no longer continue but Focus has evolved to account for the needs of emerging galleries.
Frieze Projects is a non-profit organisation, which was established the same year as the fair (2003). Curated by Nicola Less, Frieze Projects oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated programme of new, site-specific projects by artists in and around the fair; and the Frieze Artist Award, given to an international emerging artist. The winner of the Frieze Artist Award 2014 is Mélanie Matranga.
The Frieze Projects programme at Frieze London 2014 will be curated by Nicola Lees. It was curated previously by Sarah McCrory from 2010 to 2012, Neville Wakefield, from 2007 to 2009, and Polly Staple, from 2003 to 2006.
The Frieze Education programme has been developed to introduce children and young people to contemporary art in an exciting and fun way. At Frieze London, Frieze Education has previously worked with the Serpentine Gallery in 2003 and 2004 as well as Camden Art Centre in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Frieze Talks are 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.
The Frieze Sculpture Park is located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden. It is within a three-minute walk of the main fair site and exhibits works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors. Since 2012, Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has selected the Sculpture Park. Entry to the Sculpture Park is free to the public.
In 2014 the recipient of the Frieze London Stand Prize sponsored by Champagne Pommery was The Box, LA. The prize was judged by a jury comprising: Philippe Vergne, Director of MOCA, Los Angeles; Elena Filipovic, Incoming Director Kunsthalle Basel; and Joao Ribas, Senior Curator, Serralves Museum, Porto.
Each year Frieze publishes the Frieze London Catalogue, a guide to what is current in the world of contemporary art. The catalogue introduces over 300 artists from around the globe, with a critical text and colour illustration of their work. It also features interviews with Frieze Projects’ artists; provides details of all the galleries participating in Frieze London and has an index listing over 2000 artists. Frieze also published Frieze Projects: Artists’ Commissions and Talks 2003-2005 as a record of the work of Frieze Foundation, featuring essays on the commissioned projects and texts from the lectures and panel discussions. The book serves as a valuable introduction to the critical debates in contemporary art. A second book in this series was published in 2009, entitled Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks 2006–2008, and features artists from Mike Nelson to Richard Prince and speakers from Dave Hickey to Adrian Piper.
The 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.
Buses 2, 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 88, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274, 453 & C2.
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. 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.
friezelondon.com offers podcasts of all Frieze Talks as well as details of Frieze Projects and Frieze Film. Frieze London also publishes a comprehensive guide to contemporary art Frieze London Catalogue, which is available from mid-September each year and can be ordered online at frieze.com or purchased from all good bookshops. For updates on Frieze London 2015, follow @friezelondonon twitter, like us on facebook and sign up to the Frieze email newsletter at frieze.com.