Now welcoming applications, the Frieze Artist Award is an international, open call for an artist 25–40 years of age to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze London 2017. The chosen proposal will be presented as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme established in 2003 and curated by Raphael Gygax. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation.
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel including Cory Arcangel (artist), Eva Birkenstock (Director, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf ), Tom Eccles (Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Raphael Gygax (Curator, Frieze Projects & Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), chaired
by Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze fairs). The closing date for applications is 10 February 2017 at 17:00 GMT; and the winner will be announced in the Spring of 2017.
Proposals should be new, site-specific works, which respond to the dynamics of the London fair. Applicants will be judged on the innovative nature of their idea and its potential for realisation. Produced under the guidance of Curator Raphael Gygax and the Frieze Projects team, the Award will include a budget of up to £20,000 for production, research and development, artist fees and travel expenses.
The 2016 Frieze Artist Award was given to Yuri Pattison, who installed a networked artwork throughout Frieze London, exploring ‘trending’ data and systems of interpretation or control. In 2015, New York-based artist Rachel Rose, created a scale-model of the fair structure, in which lighting and sound design simulated the sonic and visual sense frequencies of animals inhabiting The Regent’s Park. In 2014, the inaugural winner of the Frieze Artist Award, Mélanie Matranga’s project explored economic and emotional exchange in a series of online videos and an on-site café-installation at Frieze London.
Now in its fourth year, the Frieze Artist Award sits within a rich history of artist awards presented at Frieze London, including the Emdash Award (2011-2013) and the Cartier Award (2006-2010), which have made possible ambitious new
commissions by artists including Cécile B. Evans (2013), Simon Fujiwara (2010), Jordan Wolfson (2009) and Mario García Torres (2007). Explore previous projects here.
Full details on how to apply for the Frieze Artist Award 2017 are available at frieze.com.
Taking place 5–8 October 2017, Frieze London is sponsored by Global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the 14th consecutive year.
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