Frieze London

Regent’s Park

4–7 October 2018

FAQs | Frieze London

Important: New Bag Restrictions
Due to enhanced security procedures 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 Children & the Arts. Coats and umbrellas can be checked free of charge. Children & the Arts is registered as a charity. Registration number is: 1103747

When is Frieze London 2019?
In 2019, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Masters and open to the public from 3–6 October. An invitation-only preview day will be held on Wednesday 2 October.

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?
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. Tickets go on sale Summer 2019.

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 for Frieze London and Nathan Clements-Gillespie for Frieze Masters.

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 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 practice 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 are the sections in the fair?
In 2018, the fair is made up of four sections: the main section, Focus, Live and Social Work.

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 is Social Work?
Social Work features eight monographic presentations by women artists whose work emerged in response to the global social and political schisms of the 1980s and ’90s. Social Work pays homage to a selection of artists who challenged the status quo and explored the possibilities of political activism in their art making. Including both established and lesserknown feminist artists, the section will also highlight the role that galleries have played in their support of women artists whose work may not have been easily assimilated into the mainstream. Social Work was devised by a panel of eminent art historians, curators and critics that have recommended a short list of artists to participate in the section. The participating artists and galleries are: Sonia Boyce (Apalazzogallery); Helen Chadwick (Richard Saltoun Gallery); Ipek Duben (Pi Artworks); Tina Keane (England & Co); Mary Kelly (Pippy Houldsworth); Faith Ringgold (Weiss Berlin and ACA Galleries); Berni Searle (Stevenson); and Nancy Spero (Gallery Lelong & Co.).

What is the Reading Room?
The Reading Room is a space for visitors to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts and lifestyle publications.

Who is the curator of Frieze Projects?
Frieze Projects encompasses the activity beyond the booth at the fair and in 2018 includes Live, the Frieze Artist Award and Frieze Film. Overseen this year, for the first time, by Diana Campbell Betancourt (Artistic Director of Dhakabased Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit), the programming evolves to open up further collaborations with galleries and institutions, creating new space for experimental practice. 

What is Live?
Live is a platform for interactive installations and performances, presented by galleries. Overseen by curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, this year’s programme is entitled “Control ~” (“Control Tilde”) – a command on a computer keyboard that unlocks all formulas in a spreadsheet and thus makes them visible. Visitors will encounter works by international artists, drawing attention to unexpected connections and hidden formulas which impact wider social, political and economic realities. The artists and galleries participating in Live 2018 are: Christian Boltanski (Marian Goodman Gallery); Vivian Caccuri (A Gentil Carioca, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Liz Glynn (Paula Cooper, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Camille Henrot (König Galerie / kamel mennour/ Metro Pictures); Otobong Nkanga (Mendes Wood DM); Laure Prouvost (Lisson Gallery); Pratchaya Phinthong (gb agency, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Julia Scher (Esther Schipper); and Asim Waqif (Nature Morte).

What is the Frieze Artist Award?
Warsaw and London-based artist Alex Baczynski-Jenkins is the 2018 winner of the Frieze Artist Award, a major opportunity for an emerging artist to present a new artwork at Frieze London. The 2018 Artist Award will focus for the first time on performance and is produced in partnership with Delfina Foundation, London. For this new commission, Baczynski-Jenkins continues his choreographic practice engaging with queer relationality and the politics of desire, intimacy and friendship. For the first time, the winning artist will benefit from a residency at Delfina Foundation. The new partnership with Delfina Foundation provides the artist in residence with an additional opportunity to develop their practice through a greater access to learning, resources and networks.

What is Frieze Film?
The 2018 Frieze Film programme will question systems that control and influence the dissemination of information. New commissions by the Otolith Group, Paul Pfeiffer and Lucy Raven will premiere at the fair and be broadcast on national television. Frieze Film forms part of Frieze Projects and is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.

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 opened on 4 July 2018 and will run until the close of the Frieze fairs on 7 October 2018. 

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 free at Frieze London and Frieze Masters.

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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Taxi & Cab
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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.

Car Parking
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 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?
A limited number of combined tickets for Frieze London and Frieze Masters are released every year.

If I cannot get to London for Frieze London is there any part of it that I can still enjoy?
Visit our website at 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 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.

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