Frieze London

Frieze London gives visitors a chance to discover and buy art from some of the world’s most exciting artists. Peter Gray reports.

Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy Linda Nylind / Frieze

The daddy of all art fairs returns to Regents Park this October as Frieze London prepares to offer Londoners another bumper helping of contemporary art.

Over 160 of the world’s most prestigious galleries will be represented at the show, which has grown dramatically since it began in 2014.

Visitors to the event will have the chance to attend a dazzling array of special events, workshops and talks as well as the opportunity to view and purchase artworks from over 1000 leading artists.

Notwithstanding the fair’s commercial underpinnings, visitors to the event are just as likely to attend for the fair’s cultural offering as to actually buy something. The fair has quite rightly gained as much of a reputation for the quality and variety of its cultural programme, which includes talks, music, film and specially commissioned art projects, as it has for the art on show.

The Frieze Art Fair began in 2003 as a showcase for the popular art journal, Frieze magazine. The magazine was founded in 1991 by the trio of Amanda Sharp, Matthew Slotover and Tom Gidley as a showcase for contemporary art and culture.

After the launch and subsequent success of the London fair, the Frieze team launched a New York offshoot in 2012 and Frieze Los Angeles in 2018. A separate fair, Frieze Masters, run concurrently with the main festival, showcases art both ancient and modern.

Frieze have also launched a year round schedule of talks and courses called Frieze Academy. 

A separate event, Frieze Sculpture Park, will return to Regent’s Park over the summer with a series of works from some of world’s best galleries. The event is curated by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park).

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-London's Best Art-
What: art fair
When: 8-11th Oct 2020
Where: tbc
Website: Frieze