Frieze Foundation 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 Foundation is funded by the European Commission’s Culture 2007 programme and Arts Council England.
What is Frieze Foundation?
Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which was established the same year as the Frieze Art Fair (2003). The foundation oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed annually during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated programme of site-specific projects by artists in and around the fair. Last year the Foundation introduced the Emdash Award which will be annually presented to an international emerging artist. The foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film. This year the Foundation is producing its first Projects outside the contact of the fair, these are Frieze Projects East.
How is Frieze Foundation funded?
The foundation has received funding from a number of sources including grant bodies such as the European Union’s Culture 2000 programme and Arts Council, England. Specific areas also receive sponsorship, for example Cartier sponsored Frieze Projects from 2005–2010 and the Emdash Foundation are now supporters.
Who runs the curatorial programme at the fair?
The programme at Frieze Art Fair 2012 will be curated by Sarah McCrory, she also curated the programme in 2011 and 2010. It was curated previously by 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 Emdash Award.
What is Frieze Education?
Frieze Education is part of Frieze Foundation. At Frieze Art Fair, Frieze Education has previously worked with the Serpentine Gallery in 2003 and 2004 as well as Camden Art Centre in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The programme has been developed to introduce children and young people to contemporary art in an exciting and fun way.
What is Frieze Music?
Frieze Music was established to develop the crossover between contemporary art and music. Frieze Music was originally created by Dan Fox, Senior Editor of frieze magazine, and Steve Mackey, producer and musician. Frieze Music’s varied programme has featured bands, avant-garde classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and pop series, such as that co-ordinated by Franz Ferdinand in 2004. Frieze Music has taken place during the week of the fair and attracted a wide audience.
What is Frieze Projects?
Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually at Frieze Art Fair. In 2011 it was curated by Sarah McCrory and included seven specially commissioned projects as well as the Emdash Award. Those commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2011 were: Bik Van der Pol, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Oliver Laric, LuckyPDF, Peles Empire, Laure Prouvost and Cara Tolmie.
What are Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks are a daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists and is presented by Frieze Foundation in collaboration with frieze magazine.
What is the Emdash Award?
The Emdash Award for emerging artists living outside the UK is a major initiative in collaboration with Gasworks and supported by the Emdash Foundation. Emdash is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to promoting new ideas across disciplines from artistic and cultural projects to scientific research. Founded by Andrea Dibelius in 2010, Emdash’s activities are motivated by philanthropy, a commitment to supporting new ideas and emerging talent and a love for the arts. The Emdash Foundation will aim to support artists on a long-term basis.
Does Frieze Foundation produce any publications?
Frieze published Frieze Projects: Artists’ Commissions and Talks 2003–2005 as a record of the work of Frieze Foundation, 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.
What is Frieze Projects East?
Frieze Foundation will curate and produce four new public art projects as part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Situated throughout east London, the series will be known as Frieze Projects East. The series has been programmed by Frieze Foundation curator Sarah McCrory. The projects will take 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. The commissioned artists are: Can Altay, Sarnath Banarjee, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne and Gary Webb.