From the hottest emerging talent to art from the ancient era, the art world’s eyes will be on London this October at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Plan your trip now and see what could soon be part of your own art collection at home.
From October 5-8, one of London’s most stunning royal parks, Regent’s Park, will play host to two of the world’s most exciting art shows, Frieze London and Frieze Masters. With the Masters show spanning millennia, from the ancient through to Old Masters, right up to the year 2000, Frieze London will be showcasing 160 of the world’s leading galleries (whittled down from around 500 who apply to attend) and their very latest works from living iconic artists and emerging talent.
Frieze Sculpture 2017 is open from not until October 8
Alongside browsing, take in a full programme of talks, films and new commissions. This year’s highlights include curated gallery sections dedicated to discovery and radical feminist practice, Frieze Projects’ non-profit programme of commissions from 11 international artists and, for the first time, Frieze Sculpture – which is London’s largest free showcase of major outdoor works, open now and running until October 8 in the park’s English Gardens.
This year’s Frieze Artist Award winner was named in May, and during the show be sure to catch Kiluanji Kia Henda’s new installation that forms part of Frieze Projects, and see what made the panel pick the Luanda-based artist – who works across photography, video and performance – from applications from 82 countries.
Just some of the artwork on display in 2016, image courtesy of Frieze
Frieze London is expecting over 60,000 visitors to attend this year, from seasoned collectors and critics to first time buyers and the general public. Application for VIP accreditation is open and will help cut through the crowds, as will Frieze Bespoke, designed for groups of up to four to take a 2-hour tour and be introduced to galleries and art to match both taste and budget.
Frieze Masters showcases work spanning millennia, image courtesy of Frieze
Along with various Frieze hotel partners offering the glamorous accommodation you’d expect from central London, another option for a slice of true London living is to venture north where Regent’s Park ends and the pretty enclave of Primrose Hill begins. Home to many a famous face and local families alike, it could be the perfect alternative if hotel fatigue has set in. One Fine Stay is listing the exquisite late-Georgian Green House, once home to a doctor of Queen Victoria. The intricate period features, including sumptuous wood panelling and delicate cornicing, have been meticulously restored and given the location you can either stroll the streets of the “village”, venture into independently owned shops, delis, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, climb Primrose Hill for views that frame London, or jump in a cab and be in the heart of the buzz in a matter of minutes.
Take time to enjoy the breathtaking views from Primrose Hill while you are in Regent’s Park
As one of the few fairs to focus on the latest artwork from living artists, Frieze London is not to be missed. Couple this with the chance to put more recent iconic pieces in context with art that reaches back thousands of years at Frieze Masters, and this October London is sure to be calling anyone with either a trained art critic’s eye, or those who just want to learn more and explore paintings, sculptures and installations that will certainly fire the mind.
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