Frieze Foundation


Frieze Projects is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education.

Frieze Projects is funded by the European Commission’s Culture 2007 programme and Arts Council England.



What is Frieze Projects?
Frieze Projects is a non-profit organisation, which was established the same year as the Frieze Art Fair (2003).

How is Frieze Projects funded?
The non-profit programme receives funding from a number of sources including grant bodies such as the Arts Council, England; Australia Council for the Arts; Frame Finland; Institut Français; Austrian Cultural Forum. Specific areas also receive sponsorship – for example, Cartier sponsored the Cartier Award from 2006–2010 and the Emdash Foundation supported the Emdash Award 2011-13.

Who runs the curatorial programme at the fair?
Frieze Projects is curated by Nicola Lees. It was curated previously by Sarah McCrory, from 2010 to 2012, Neville Wakefield, from 2007 to 2009, and Polly Staple, from 2003 to 2006.

Can I make a project at the fair?

The curatorial programme is carefully considered many months before the fair. For artists not known to the curator, the best route to show a project at the fair is via an application to the Frieze Artist Award.

What is the Frieze Projects programme?
Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions presented annually at Frieze London. This year Nicola Lees curates the specially commissioned projects as well as the Frieze Artist Award. From 2010 to 2012 Frieze Projects was curated by Sarah McCrory.

What is the Frieze Artist Award?
The Frieze Artist Award is a major new initiative from Frieze Projects, offering the opportunity for an emerging artist to create a new, site-specific work at Frieze London 2014. Entrance to the award was by open submission, and the winner of the inaugural Frieze Artist Award was Mélanie Matranga. The Frieze Artist Award follows in a distinguished history of artist awards, which in the past have included the Cartier Award (2006-2010) and the Emdash Award (2011-13).

What is Frieze Music?
Frieze Music is part of the curated programme at Frieze London. In 2013, American composer, singer and performer Meredith Monk presented a performance at London’s Cecil Sharp House, co-commissioned by Frieze Projects and Liverpool Biennial.

What is Frieze Film?
Frieze Film is a programme of artist films commissioned by Frieze Projects and broadcast on Channel 4’s art strand ‘Random Acts’. In 2013, Frieze Film was co-commissioned with EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre at Rensselaer Polytechnic and is supported by Channel 4.

What are Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks is a daily programme taking place at Frieze London and includes keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists. Frieze Talks is presented by Frieze Projects in collaboration with frieze magazine.

Does Frieze Projects produce any publications?
Frieze published Frieze Projects: Artists’ Commissions and Talks 2003–2005 as a record of the work of Frieze’s not-for-profit initiatives, featuring essays on the commissioned projects and texts from the lectures and panel discussions. The book serves as a valuable introduction to the critical debates in contemporary art. A second book in this series was published in 2009, entitled Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks 2006–2008, and features artists from Mike Nelson to Richard Prince and speakers from Dave Hickey to Adrian Piper.
Frieze Foundation contributes annually to the Frieze London Catalogue with in-depth interviews with the commissioned artists.

What is Frieze Projects East?
Frieze Projects curated and produced six new public art projects as part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Situated throughout east London, the series is known as Frieze Projects East. The series was programmed by Frieze Foundation’s previous curator, Sarah McCrory. The projects took place in the six east London Host Boroughs for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Frieze Foundation

Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze London, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education.

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