Open Call for Applications to the Frieze Impact Prize 2024

In collaboration with the Center for Art & Advocacy, the award highlights inequities in the US prison system and promotes inclusion for formerly incarcerated artists 

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 21 NOV 23

Frieze and Endeavor Impact are collaborating this year with The Center for Art & Advocacy, a non-profit organization advancing the careers of justice-impacted artists, to present the Frieze Los Angeles 2024 Impact Prize. The prize application runs alongside that of the Center’s Right of Return fellowship programme, an annual award recognizing previously incarcerated artists whose practices engage with critical projects including the reframing of societal criminal narratives and racial equity.

In partnership with the Center for Art & Advocacy, this initiative aims to extend Frieze’s commitment to one of the US’s most pressing social issues as well as continuing to highlight and promote access and inclusion to the arts.

The prize provides an alumnus or artist in the 2024 cohort of Right of Return Fellows with $25,000 and the opportunity to showcase their work at Frieze Los Angeles, running 29 February to 3 March 2024 at Santa Monica Airport.

Applications are open until 10 December 2023find further details and submit an application

Frieze Los Angeles 2019. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower and Frieze
Mark Bradford, Life Size, Frieze Los Angeles 2019. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower and Frieze

About the Frieze Impact Prize

This year marks the third iteration of the Frieze Impact Prize, inspired by the presentation of Mark Bradford’s Life Size (2019) at the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles. Posters across the city and a large-scale billboard at Paramount Studios displayed the image of a police body camera isolated on a white background, which was sold as a limited-run 3D print series benefiting the Art for Justice Fund. The Impact Prize debuted at Frieze Los Angeles 2022 in collaboration with that organization, founded by philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund to end mass incarceration through art and advocacy, with works on view by inaugural recipients Mary Baxter, Maria Gaspar and Dread Scott

Impact Prize, Narsiso Martinez. Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy Casey Kelbaugh and Frieze
Narsiso Martinez, Sin Bandana, Impact Prize, Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy Casey Kelbaugh and Frieze

Last year, the award was presented in partnership with Define American, a culture change non-profit that employs the power of storytelling to humanize narratives surrounding immigration. At Frieze Los Angeles 2023, California-based winner Narsiso Martinez presented Sin Bandana, a series of 12 charcoal portraits of migrant farm workers executed on discarded produce boxes from grocery stores.

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Main Image: Frieze Impact Prize, Narsiso Martinez, Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by James Jackman / CKA. Courtesy CKA and Frieze