Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2024 Temporary Staff Opportunities

At Frieze we believe art is vital to communities and cultures. Bringing together galleries, artists, institutions, and art lovers all over the world to make art flourish.

Frieze is a media and events company that comprises three publications, frieze magazine, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week; and five international art fairs, Frieze London, Frieze LA, Frieze New York, Frieze Seoul (launching September 2022) and Frieze Masters; regular talks and summits, led by frieze editors; and – the definitive resource for contemporary art and culture.

We are seeking temporary staff to fill the following roles:

Accreditation Team: This team issues passes to all personnel working and exhibiting at the fair. Applicants should be IT literate and comfortable using databases. Good people management skills and experience working with the public and/or contractors in a very fast-paced environment are essential. This role needs to have a good understanding of the security issues surrounding the fair and liaise with security as necessary. A foreign language is an advantage. Successful candidates will be required for additional dates both pre and post-fair.

Cloakroom and Bag drop Runners: This team implements and executes a methodical system to ensure the smooth drop off and collection of items at both the coat check and bag drop. This is a public facing position that is important to the overall visitor experience of Frieze. Applicants should be friendly, organised, and collaborative. This position involves extended periods of standing and manual handling.

Distribution Team: These positions are physical and involve a high degree of manual handling. This team assists the marketing department with the distribution of printed literature, set-up and onsite deliveries. Applicants should be dynamic, enthusiastic, communicative, and reliable. Successful candidates will be required for additional dates both pre and post-fair.

Exhibitor Assistants: Applicants should have good interpersonal, organisational and computer skills, as well as experience working in a fast-paced environment. A knowledge of and genuine interest in contemporary art/art history is desirable, as is prior experience working in an art fair or gallery environment. Candidates who speak languages in addition to English are especially encouraged to apply. A previous visit to the fair is desirable. Successful candidates will be required for additional dates both pre and post-fair.

Vetting Scribes: Applicants must be comfortable and competent in a client-facing role, have an interest in and strong knowledge of art history and historical terms across a variety of disciplines. Candidates need good organisational skills and to be experienced note-takers, preferably with prior knowledge of the fair.

Sales and Information staff: These public-facing positions, managed by the Marketing department, involve handing out fair information, answering questions from visitors and selling Frieze publications and other contemporary art magazines. Familiarity with frieze publications and previous sales/retail experience is desirable. Applicants should be personable and outgoing, as well as comfortable with extended periods of standing.

PR/Press Team: Applicants should be personable, patient, and have strong people management and IT skills. Prior PR or events experience is desirable, as is an interest in contemporary art. Candidates who speak languages in addition to English are especially encouraged to apply. The role can involve familiarizing media with the fair, using online check-in systems, issuing passes, chaperoning film crews and updating image banks.

Tour Desk Assistants: This position is public facing and involves scheduling tours, greeting clients, and answering questions pertaining to the Tours Programme at Frieze. Key responsibilities include: welcoming guests and checking them into their tour; communicating itineraries with tour guides to ensure they arrive and deliver tours on time; setting up audio equipment for public tours including setting up microphones and transmitters and taking payment for new ticket sales. Applications should be personable and organized, with excellent English verbal and written communication skills. Interest in and knowledge about contemporary art is desirable.

VIP Assistants: applicants must have a polished manner, excellent interpersonal skills and remain calm under pressure. Some knowledge of artists and collectors in the contemporary art world and experience of working with VIPs in a fast-moving environment, are required. Successful applicants will be the main point of contact at the Frieze VIP desks – checking people in, issuing VIP cards and answering any enquiries about the fair, under the supervision of our Frieze VIP Team. Other responsibilities can include assisting with events on and off site, as well as back of house data entry. All positions may involve extended periods of standing. Please include examples of events/people you have worked with to support your CV.
Post Room Staff: This team manages deliveries to site. Applicants should be organised, reliable and proactive. This is a back of house position which involves working both independently and as part of a team.

Closing date for applications: 5pm BST, Friday 9th August 2024.
Applicants for all positions should be available between 7th October & 13th October 2024; some positions may begin and end earlier and later than these dates.

Application: Please send a one-page CV and covering letter to, specifying the position/positions you are applying for in the subject line of your email. If you are interested in working at the fair but are not certain which department would be the best fit, you can write “General Application” in the subject line.

Please use your covering letter to show how you are suited to the position and to list any dates you will be unavailable for interview between 19th & 30th August plus any dates you would be unavailable to work between 3rd and 15th October. Listing language skills is also helpful.

Applicants will be interviewed virtually between 19th & 30th August 2024. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. All applicants must have a valid NI number, a UK bank account, UTR number and the right to work in the UK. Please note, individuals will be engaged on a self-employed basis and as the work is UK based, engagement will be conditional on the candidate obtaining the right to work in the UK and their eligibility to be engaged on a freelance basis.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Frieze unites people in our love of the arts. We understand this can only be accomplished when we harness the entirety of our company and lead with a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. As a global company that drives culture, we are committed to practicing anti-discrimination including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability, together with artists, writers, and cultural practitioners from all backgrounds. There is still much work to be done to address systemic inequality and discrimination within the arts and culture industry, and we are dedicated to making progress to both within our own organisation and the art world at large.