Who Won What: Prizes, Awards and Acquisitions at Frieze London 2023

The 20th anniversary edition of Frieze London has seen a wealth of awards and acquisitions, many of them new to the fair this year. Here’s a round-up of the winners

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Spirit Now London Acquisition Prize

Awarded to: Bronwyn Katz (Stevenson) and Rene Matić (Arcadia Missa)

Bronwyn Katz (b.1993, South Africa) and Rene Matić (b.1997, UK) were winners of the second edition of the Spirit Now London Acquisition Prize in partnership with Frieze LondonTheir work was chosen and acquired on behalf of The Hepworth Wakefield Art Museum. Spirit Now London Acquisition Prize supports decentralized high-level institutions in the UK to bring more contemporary creation and diversity into their permanent collections. This year, the prize seeks to recognize the outstanding achievements of female and non-binary artists below the age of 40 at Frieze London.

More information on the prize and the winners here.

Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art and Fluxus Prize 

Awarded to: Josèfa Ntjam (Nicoletti) 

New to Frieze London in 2023, this award by the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art and Fluxus honours a French or France-based artist exhibiting at the fair, with the aim to promote the work of French artists to an international audience. A panel of international curators and collectors selected the recipient, who will receive a £15,000 prize. The prize will be shared by the artist and the gallery for their presentation ‘Deep Sea Teller’ in the Focus section of the fair.

More information on the prize and the winners here.

CAS Collections Fund 

Awarded to: Grada Kilomba (Goodman Gallery), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Goodman Gallery) and Goshka Macuga (Kate MacGarry)

The Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund supports the acquisition of significant contemporary works for Contemporary Art Society Museum Members across the UK. This year CAS has selected The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as the recipient of the Collections Fund at Frieze 2023. The acquisition will be the first time that two of the artists, Grada Kilomba and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, will be represented in the collection of a British institution. Along with Goshka Macuga, all three artists explore global histories from post-colonial perspectives that speak to the Fitzwilliam’s wide-ranging collection.

More information on the prize and the winners here.

Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Fund 

Awarded to: Anne Tallentire (Hollybush Gardens), Julianknxx (Edel Assanti), Mark Corfield-Moore (Outset Studio Makers) and Tanoa Sasraku (Vardaxoglou Gallery) 

This year sees the addition of the inaugural Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Fund at Frieze London. The fund will select a work from one or several UK-based early-career or overlooked artists at Frieze London to become part of the Arts Council Collection, the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. The first artists supported by the fund are: Anne TallentireJulianknxxMark Corfield-Moore and Tanoa Sasraku.

More information on the prize and the winners here. 

Frieze Tate Fund Supported by Endeavor 

Awarded to: Adam Farah-Saad (Public Gallery), Tessa Boffin (Hales Gallery), Santiago Yahuarcani (Crisis Gallery), I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (Murni) (Gajah Gallery) and Ayoung Kim (Gallery Hyundai)

For the eighth year, the Frieze Tate Fund Supported by Endeavor provided £150,000 for the acquisition of works by emerging and leading international artists at Frieze for Tate’s collection. To date, more than 160 works by over 95 artists have been acquired, contributing to displays across Tate’s four galleries. This year, works were acquired by Adam Farah-Saad, Tessa Boffin, Santiago Yahuarcani, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (Murni) and Ayoung Kim.

More information on the prize and the winners here. 

Camden Art Centre Emerging Artist Prize

Awarded to: Jack O’Brien (Ginny on Frederick)

Launched at Frieze London 2018 and now in its fifth year, this annual prize awards an emerging artist, whose work is exhibited in the Focus section of Frieze London, with the opportunity to deliver their first institutional solo exhibition in London in the Camden Art Centre galleries. This year’s winner, London based artist Jack O’Brien, represented by Ginny on Frederick, will realize a solo exhibition at Camden Art Centre in 2024 as part of the prize.

More information on the prize and the winner here. 

Gallery Stand Prize

Awarded to: Experimenter

Kolkata gallery Experimenter was awarded the Gallery Stand Prize for its presentation ‘Do You Know How to Start a Fire’, which features seven intergenerational women artists: Bani Abidi (b. 1971Pakistan), Bhasha Chakrabarti (b. 1991, USA), Biraaj Dodiya (b. 1993, India), Reba Hore (1926–2009, India), Radhika Khimji (b. 1979, Oman), Afrah Shafiq (b. 1989, India) and Ayesha Sultana (b. 1984, Bangladesh). 

More information on the prize and the winner here. 

Focus Stand Prize

Awarded to: Public Gallery

Public Gallery was winner of the 2023 Focus Stand Prize at Frieze London for its solo presentation of London-based artist Adam Farah-Saad.

More information on the prize and the winner here.