Frieze Art Fair is an annual London event in Regent’s Park that features acclaimed international art from over 170 contemporary galleries. Talks, tours and films will be given in addition to the 1,000 works presented, so there should be something for everyone. Expect dynamic work from emerging creative hotspots South America and Asia.
Anyone can go, although it’s best to buy advance tickets, which are cheaper.
THE SCULPTURE PARK
The English Gardens of Regent’s Park will host international sculptures from acclaimed artists such as Tom Friedman and Kiki Smith. The park is a short walk from the fair and is free to the public.
Highly anticipated is the Frieze project with Anahita Razmi, the recipient of this year’s Emdash Award, which aims to support emerging talent. The work that will be unveiled draws attention to Tehran’s skyline, and how it was recently used by protestors after the Iranian presidential election.
ALTERNATIVE ART FAIR?
Prop the Ruinart bar with a glass of Champagne at the Pavilion of Art and Design London in Berkeley Square, which showcases everything from modern art, design to jewellery from 1860 onwards.
If you’re peckish, head down to the Cox, Cookies and Cake shop in Soho. Designer Patrick Cox has teamed up with contemporary art luminaries to create limited edition art cakes to raise money for Amnesty International during the Frieze Fair. Go for Gary Hume’s “Begging for it” cupcake.
Next year will see a collaboration of the Frieze art fair with new fair Frieze Masters, which aims to celebrate art right up until the turn of the millennium.
Advance tickets: £20, £15 concessions, or £40 for the whole weekend. For full ticket information, visit www.friezeartfair.com.