Absolutely Frieze-ing

Good morning my lovelies, just a quick post to remind you that this week the annual Frieze Art Fair returns to Regents Park with a bang, opening to the public on Thursday. The fair, established in 2003 by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover founders of contemporary art bible freize involves more than 170 galleries across the world, and offers much more than just a place to buy and sell hugely expensive art.

The frieze fair focuses on contemporary art and living artists but features new and creative ideas alongside traditional displaying of art. They have the frieze projects, an exciting  selection of specially commissioned projects that run at the fair, one of which is a live scoreboard and one which involves selling the motor of a luxury yacht. They also have frieze film, a programme of artists commissions which will be shown at the auditorium during the fair and also on channel 4 (previews of these films start tonight) and most interesting to me, a programme of talks called, what else, frieze talks, a combination of key-note lectures and panel discussions addressing different topics related to the art world. The talks include ‘On Television‘ discusssing why art is influenced by trash TV instead of brilliant shows like The Wire, and also Do You Speak English? a look at how English has become the dominant language of the art world, and how the language has been changed and modified.

The Frieze Art Fair isn’t free and is a little pretentious, but it is also fascinating. You don’t have to feel pressured to buy as 80% of visitors go simply to spectate. At the weekend they even have interactive educational workshops so children can participate in contemporary art. For me the whole experience sounds amazing and it is probably the only time of year that you will see so much artistic talent in one place. At best, the art will blow your mind, at worst it’s an impressive date and will score you some brownie points. Get your tickets pronto and enjoy sauntering around Regents Park with a dignified air.


The Frieze Art Fair is open from the 13-16 October and you can buy tickets here. What do you think about contemporary art? Will you be visiting the fair? Do you think it is simply too cold to have an outside exhibition in October? Let us know in the comments!



Monica Rahman