Frieze Art Fair guide: the essentials
The must-know practical details of the Frieze art fair: where to eat, where to sleep and what else to visit while it's here.
Always attracting the heavyweights of the art world, as well as the cream of the emerging talent crop, it is the place to be for buyers, sellers,or anyone with a passion for compelling new art. Despite Frieze drawing considerable crowds and a touch of stress, you can still have all the fun of the fair with our basic event guide, not just at Frieze itself but all over London as the city's artistic side comes to life for the occasion. For what to see at Frieze, click here.
Frieze London Dates 2014
Tuesday 14 October (by invitation only)
Wednesday 15 October (premium tickets only) 12–7pm
Thursday 16 October 12–7pm
Friday 17 October 12–7pm
Saturday 18 October 12–7pm
The fair is closed on Sunday.
*Last entry one hour before closing
Key Frieze events 2014
The new 'Live' initiative showcasing performance based installations throughout the fair.
FRIEZE projects – commissioning works of art specifically for the fair and other sides around the city which play on live audience dynamics
FRIEZE ARTIST AWARD – debut award, presented to Melanie Matranga which invites artists to create a new site-specific work for the fair.
FRIEZE MASTERS – Now in its third year, a side fair with a vast range of work from Ancient Greece up to 2000 and is comparatively cheap.
FRIEZE FOCUS - For a taste of the unknown visit Frieze’s ‘Focus’ section which promotes solo or group shows from emerging galleries especially for the fair.
Food at Frieze:
Within the fair itself, a range of high-end gastronomy will be on offer, featuring Bocca Di Lupo, Brunswick House: Raw, Caravan, GAILS’s, Moshi Moshi and Pizza Pilgrims; while Frieze Masters will host outposts of Locanda Locatelli and Umu, both of which are Michelin-starred.
For restaurants in the immediate vicinity, head to Chiltern Firehouse, Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe, Honey & Co, Monocle Cafe, or the new Corbin & King venture Fischer's on Marylebone High Street.
Where to stay in London during Frieze: 5 best hotels
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (Frieze London main hotel partner), Euston Road, NW1 2AR, from £450
Claridges, 49 Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR, from £660
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL, from £660
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL, from £660
Grange Fitzrovia (closest hotel to Frieze), 20-28B Bolsover Street, W1W 5NB, from £160
5 best satellite fairs & exhibitions:
The Other Art Fair, 16-19 Oct 2014
The comparatively young Other Art Fair is back for the 7th time, returning to the iconic Old Truman Brewery building for a showcase of work from 100 artists, none of whom are represented by a gallery. With an artist-led ethos, this fair is particularly special for those interested in directly dealing with the makers of the art on show, and you can also gain entry to the Moniker Art Fair with the joint ticket.
1.54 Contemporary African art fair, 16-19 Oct 2014. Though African Art has long been brushed aside by a historically western-centred art market, this interesting new platform for galleries, artists, curators, and museums involved in Africa-related projects strives to bring this under-appreciated genre to the fore. The second edition of the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair will offer a plethora of the continent's established and emerging talents. Expect lively debates, fascinating lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and much more from this enterprising event.
Pavilion of Art & Design (PAD), 15-19 Oct 2014
Held in Berkeley Square, PAD represents work from over 60 international galleries and dealers specialising in modern art, design and decorative arts from 1860 up to the present day.
Multiplied, 17-20 Oct 2014
The Christie's Multiplied Art Fair is the UK’s only fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions. Held at Christie’s South Kensington, it consists of talks and workshops alongside the chance to acquire a variety of prints, digital artworks, books, and photographs, and represents an equally diverse range of artists from high-profile individuals to creative collectives.
Parallax, 24-25 Oct 2014
With more than 200 artists and creatives exhibiting from all over the world, Parallax Art Fair offers the chance to get your hands on paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, and crafts at affordable, wholesale prices. Providing another rare opportunity you to buy directly from the creators of the work themselves, Parallax allows you to start your collection without paying gallery commission fees and is held at Chelsea Town Hall.