FAQs | Frieze Masters
When is Frieze Masters 2021?
Coinciding with Frieze London, Frieze Masters is open to the public from 14-17 October, 2021. The invitation-only preview day will be held on Wednesday 13 October.
How do I get a ticket for the fair?
Book your early bird tickets to Frieze London and Frieze Masters and save up to £40 off full-price tickets. Tickets are only available online and will not be available for purchase at the door.
Can I get a combined ticket for Frieze London and Frieze Masters?
A limited number of combined tickets for Frieze London and Frieze Masters are released every year. If you have a combined ticket, please ensure you visit each fair according to the order listed on your tickets.
How should I prepare for my visit?/What are Frieze's COVID-19 Guidelines and Requirements?
To make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable, please follow the COVID-19 guidelines below. Since national and international guidance can change, Frieze reserves the right to modify the required documents and protocols in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances and guidelines. Any changes will be communicated directly to all ticket holders.
- To enable social distancing and minimise queue times, entry times are offered as 30-minute time slots - please adhere to the time on your ticket for ease of entry.
- Tickets are timed to allow you to enjoy up to three hours at the fair. There is strictly no re-admission.
◦ Proof from a certified provider of a negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours ahead of your visit,
◦ Or proof from a certified provider of a negative Rapid Antigen (Lateral Flow test) test result obtained no more than 48 hours ahead,
◦ Or proof of full vaccination obtained 14 days or more ahead of your visit. Anyone that has not completed a full vaccination course or has completed a course in less than 14 days will still need to test and provide proof from a certified provider as detailed above.
◦ Appropriate ID matching the name on the test result or vaccination proof.
- Face masks and social distancing are required for all visitors, including children aged 11 and up.
- There is no bag drop facility at the fair, and only very limited space for coats in the cloakroom. We strongly recommend bringing minimal personal belongings to the fair.
- If you feel unwell before your visit, please get in touch with us as soon as possible on frieze.seetickets.com/customerservice.
Do ticket buyers need to check in on the NHS app?
All guests are encouraged to use the NHS QR check in for track and trace purposes. Check in points will be located at the main entrances of each fair along with all dining areas, lounges and event spaces.
What is your advice for ticket buyers who have COVID-19 symptoms / a positive test result – will you refund them if they are unable to attend?
Anyone who is symptomatic or has a positive test result should remain at home and get in touch with us as soon as possible and before their visit, on frieze.seetickets.com/customerservice with their booking reference number.
All children aged 2 and over need a valid admission ticket to enter the fair and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Babes in arms are admitted free of charge.
All children aged 11 and over are required to show proof of a negative test and appropriate ID matching the name on the test result as per our COVID-19 guidelines, and will be required to wear a face covering at all times. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from testing and face covering requirements.
I have another ticket related question
For any ticket related enquiries, please get in touch with us at frieze.seetickets.com/customerservice with your booking reference number for further assistance.
What are fair opening and closing times?
Entry to the fair is date and time specific. You will only be allowed to enter on the specific date and time listed on your tickets. To enable social distancing, entry times are offered as 30-minute time slots – please adhere to the time on your ticket for ease of entry. If you have a combined ticket, please ensure you visit each fair according to the order listed on your tickets.
Tickets are timed to allow you to enjoy three hours at the fair. There is strictly no re-admission.
Can I bring a bag into the fair? Is there a cloakroom?
In the interest of reducing handled items on site, there is no bag drop facility at the fair. We strongly request that you do not bring any large bags. All backpacks, suitcases and large items bigger than a handbag or a laptop bag, are not permitted inside the fairs. Ticket holders and guests arriving with such items will be refused entry.
Space for coats in the cloakroom is extremely limited. To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend you bring minimal personal belongings to the venue.
What is the relationship between Frieze Masters and Frieze London?
Frieze Masters coincides with and is within walking distance of Frieze London in The Regent’s Park. Frieze London is one of the only fairs to focus only on contemporary art whilst Frieze Masters gives a unique view on the relationship between old and new art. Frieze Masters shows work made before the year 2000 whereas Frieze London presents work created mainly post-2000. Eva Langret is the Artistic Director of Frieze London and Nathan Clements-Gillespie is the Artistic Director for Frieze Masters.
How many people attend the fair and who are they?
Each year, we have over 60,000 visitors to Frieze Masters and Frieze London combined. These visitors include those with an interest in the art world, such as curators, artists, collectors, gallerists and critics, as well as the general public. Some visit as first-time collectors of art whilst others view the fair more as an exhibition, enjoying the experience as a cultural day out.
What makes Frieze Masters different from other art fairs?
Frieze Masters offers a unique contemporary perspective on historical art, from collectible objects to significant masterpieces. The fair takes place in an elegant, contemporary environment designed by Annabelle Selldorf, benefiting from natural light and avoiding the atmosphere of a trade show. World-leading independent curators advise on feature sections for 20th-century art and focussed presentations of historical art and objects. The relationship between historical art and contemporary practice is further explored through the acclaimed Frieze Masters Talks programme, which was curated in 2020 by Nicholas Cullinan (National Portrait Gallery, London).
Who are the Frieze Masters architects?
Annabelle Selldorf is the designer for Frieze Masters. In 2012, she introduced a contemporary, elegant environment in which ancient and modern art can be shown side by side. Selldorf Architects has a reputation for meeting the specific demands of art-related projects, having designed not only galleries and museums but also art foundations and collectors’ homes.
How are the galleries selected for the fair?
The selection is made by a Committee of gallerists who participate in the fair; the fair directors chair the meeting but do not vote.
Who is on the Frieze Masters selection committee?
Gisèle Croës, Gisèle Croës Gallery, Brussels
Sam Fogg, London
Alma Luxembourg, Luxembourg + Co., London, New York
Nick Maclean, Eykyn Maclean, London
Johnny Van Haeften, London
Craig Starr, Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York
Iwan Wirth, Hauser & Wirth, London
What are the different gallery sections of Frieze Masters?
There are two sections at Frieze Masters, the main gallery section and Spotlight. 2021 also features a new section: Stand Out.
What is the main section?
Exhibitors in the main section are commercial galleries of any age, showing work ranging from ancient and ethnographic art through to Old Masters and art of the 20th Century.
What is Spotlight?
Spotlight is a section dedicated to rare solo presentations by artists working in the 20th century. Revealing foundational moments in art through pioneering figures from across the world, Spotlight features positions beyond the Western tradition, surveys of under-recognized artists and rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant-garde. Laura Hoptman (Executive Director, Drawing Center) is the Spotlight advisor for Frieze Masters 2021. Previous curators include Toby Kamps (Director of External Projects, White Cube), Clara M Kim (Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art, Africa, Asia & Middle East, Tate Modern, London) and Adriano Pedrosa (Director, MASP, São Paulo).
What is Stand Out?
Stand Out is a new section curated by Luke Syson (Director of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), which will bring together art objects from across the ages that are great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance. Stand Out looks beyond hierarchical distinctions between works of art in different media, and in doing so reconsiders art objects often termed ‘decorative’ or ‘functional.’ Participating galleries include Prahlad Bubbar, Alessandra Di Castro Antichità, Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient s.a., Sam Fogg, Oscar Graf, Stuart Lochhead Sculpture, Raccanello & Leprince and Tomasso.
What is Frieze Masters Talks?
Frieze Masters Talks provides a platform for leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice. Talks are hosted in the auditorium and are free for visitors to attend. Seats can be reserved from 11am on the day of each talk at the auditorium. Dr Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery) returns to curate the
Frieze Masters Talks 2021 programme that brings together contemporary artists, writers and curators to explore the connections between historical art and contemporary practice. This year the schedule will feature world- renowned participants including: Kaye Donachie, William Kentridge, Erdem Moralioglu, Amie Siegel, Michaël Borremans and Dries Van Noten.
What is Frieze Sculpture?
Frieze Sculpture is located in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens at the south end of The Broadwalk, connecting Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will again select and place the works in Frieze Sculpture 2021. Frieze Sculpture will open on 14 September and enjoy a two-month display until 31 October.
Does Frieze produce any publications to accompany the fair?
Frieze produces Frieze Masters Magazine, an annual publication that looks at historical art through a contemporary lens, reflecting the diverse range of work included in the fair. Frieze Masters Magazine opens with short articles on topical issues such as new museums, conservation and art at the intersection of art and film. The magazine also includes full details of all participating galleries in the fair. Published alongside Frieze Masters Magazine, Frieze Week is a feature-led publication introduced in 2015, that celebrates the richness of the fairs, as well as the simultaneous surge of cultural events that take place across the city. It is a free publication.
How do I get to the fair?
Frieze Masters is located on Gloucester Green, at the north-east corner of The Regent’s Park, near the London Zoo. The postcode is NW1 4HA. Frieze London is approximately 15 minutes walk from Frieze Masters.
Public transport is very convenient for the fair and we recommend you use it where possible.
Tube: Ten minutes walk from Camden Town and Mornington Crescent tube stations.
Bus: 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 & C2.
Bike racks are provided within the park.
However, if you drive to the fair, there are a limited number of Pay and Display parking spaces in the park.
Frieze Masters is outside the central London congestion charging zone. For further information about the boundaries of the zone and how it may affect your journey, please visit cclondon.com or call +44 (0)343 222 2222.
Bus coaches are not allowed into the park. The nearest drop-off point is Baker Street Station.
How far are Frieze Masters and Frieze London from each other?
The fairs are approximately 15 minutes walk from each other.
If I cannot get to Gloucester Green is there any part of the fair that I can still enjoy?
Visit frieze.com which offers fair articles and videos. Frieze Masters Magazine will be available from mid-September and can be ordered online. For updates on Frieze Masters 2021, follow @friezeofficial on Twitter and Instagram, become a fan on Facebook and sign up to the Frieze newsletter.