A glittering date on the international art calendar, Frieze London is a broad showcase of compelling works by contemporary artists. Each year, collectors, dealers and art aficionados descend on the British capital to peruse and admire works from leading and emerging artists. Even if you can’t tell a Hirst from a Haring, Frieze London art fair makes a fantastic excursion for those who are curious about creativity. Discover what makes this festival so alluring with our ultimate guide to Frieze London.
What is Frieze London?
Held annually in Regent’s Park, Frieze London art fair is a four-day visual extravaganza. It presents cutting-edge dynamic art works from prominent and upcoming contemporary artists, while Frieze Masters showcases historic pieces and works by old masters up until late 20th century.
More than 160 stands represent galleries from all over the world. You can explore thought-provoking paintings, avant-garde sculptures and mesmerising large-scale installations. The fair attracts over 60,000 art lovers each year, some who simply come to view, some to buy. In 2018, Frieze London takes place between 4th and 7th October.
What can I see at Frieze London art fair this year?
Peruse condensed exhibitions curated by world-class heavyweight galleries such as Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth and White Cube. Expect stunningly presented works by their most promising artists, from debut solo exhibitions to themed presentations showcasing a range of talent. Highlights this year include shows from Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé at Kamel Mennour gallery, and Kate MacGarry gallery, who’ll be displaying London-Pakistani artist Rana Begum’s colourful sculptures.
Surrounding the exhibition pavilions, Frieze Sculpture begs to be discovered. In the grounds of Regent’s Park, 25 contemporary works nestle amid the greenery, creating a compelling space for children and adults alike.
Aside from paintings, installations and sculpture, Frieze London has plenty more to explore. With a diverse program of talks, film screenings, performances and events, it’s a fully immersive experience. Taking place daily in the fair’s auditorium, Frieze Talks presents compelling discussions curated by Whitechapel Gallery’s Lydia Yee and Matthew McLean of Frieze Studios.
Across Frieze London, visitors will encounter the Live program, a platform for interactive installations and performances, presented in collaboration with various galleries.
When you need some respite from the art overload, Frieze unites some of the capital’s finest restaurants and cafés, where you can relax for lunch or dinner. Pop-ups from the legendary River Café, the smart and stylish Brunswick House and elegant Petersham Nurseries make the fair a great culinary destination.
How do I visit Frieze London?
If you plan to peruse the exhibits at Frieze London and rub shoulders with the art elite, it’s best to buy tickets in advance as they often sell out. If you’d like to visit both Frieze London and Frieze Masters, combined tickets are available. The exhibition is open between 12pm and 7pm each day. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Stay in the Montague on the Gardens for easy access to Frieze London, 4th – 7th October 2018, in Regent’s Park.
Image credits: All images by Mark Blower / Frieze.