Call for entries
Deadline: 10 February 2015

Frieze Artist Award 2015
Supported by LUMA Foundation

The Frieze Artist Award, this year supported by the LUMA Foundation, is a major opportunity to present ambitious, site-specific work as part of the Frieze Projects programme. The Award is open to UK and international artists between 25–40 years of age. Frieze is delighted that the LUMA Foundation will be the exclusive partner of the Frieze Artist Award for the next three years.

Artists are invited to propose a new work to be realized at Frieze London 2015 as part of its critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme, produced under the guidance of curator Nicola Lees and the Frieze Projects team. Proposals should respond to the environment of the London fair. Applicants will be judged on the innovative nature of their proposal and the potential for its realization at Frieze London.

Entrance to the Award is by open submission and further details on the scope of the Award are detailed below. The award will include a budget of up to £20,000 for production, research and development, artist fees and travel expenses.

Frieze will be accepting applications from 10 January 2015 at 10:00 GMT. The closing date for applications is 10 February 2015 at 17:00 GMT. The winner of the Award will be selected by an international panel of artists and curators (TBA) and announced in May 2015.

Now in its second 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). The winner of the inaugural Frieze Artist Award was French artist Mélanie Matranga.

One of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, Frieze London will take place from 14 to 17 October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London and is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

Full details of the Frieze Artist Award are available below. For applications enquiries please contact the Frieze Projects team via

How to Apply

How can I apply to the Frieze Artist Award?
Applications to the Award can be submitted online only, by completing the online application form at The deadline for applications is 10 February 2015, 17:00 GMT and all applications should be submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered.

How do I fill in the application form?
As you complete each page of the form, you can click through to the following page. You can save your application and return to it later. When you close the form you will be emailed a link back to your application. Please complete all sections, as incomplete applications will not be considered. When you have completed the form, please click the ‘submit’ button on the final page. Upon submission, all applicants will receive an automatic email confirmation that their proposal has been received.

What information should my proposal include?
Your proposal is your opportunity to explain the nature of your project and how it would exist within the context of the fair. Please give information on the concept behind your work and the production process, as well as details of the physical form that the project would take. We also recommend that you include a brief overview of how the budget will be allocated.

Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the Frieze Artist Award.

Can I send an application by email or post?
No. Applications must be submitted online.

Can an applicant submit more than one proposal?
No. Each applicant can submit a maximum of one proposal.

Can I re-submit my proposal after the first submission?
No. Only the first submission will be considered.

What supporting material should I include?
Applicants should include visual documentation of previous works as well as illustrations/sketches of the proposed work to give the panel a clear impression of the project. The application form includes a section for images of previous works and a separate section for proposal images. Within the proposal images section, it is possible to include images of historical references or other visual material that might help to give a sense of the tone, framework and style of the proposed project. Images should be credited accordingly, ensuring that there is no confusion between images of the applicants’ work and reference images.

How should digital images be submitted?
Digital images must be uploaded to the online application form and not sent by post. Please make sure that images are saved as JPGs no larger than 960 pixels wide and 720 pixels high, at a resolution of 72 dpi. Each file size should not exceed 100Kb.

Can I include video works?
Yes. Video works can be included as supporting material. DVDs should be formatted for region 2, as PAL. DVD works more than 5 minutes long should be shortened for viewing. As DVDs cannot be returned please submit duplicate copies rather than original work.

Video works can be submitted by including links to online material (such as a Vimeo page) in the application form, or alternatively send viewing copies by post. DVDs submitted as supporting material should clearly labeled with the name of the applicant and the number of works on each disk and sent to:

Frieze Artist Award

1 Montclare Street

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Can additional material be included in the application?
No. Additional material such as catalogues and press cuttings will not be considered.


Are artists working collaboratively eligible to apply?
Yes. However, the exhibition history, bibliography and supporting visual material included in the application should be based on collaborative work alone as opposed to the work of the individuals involved. The lead contact should list their full name and details within Contact details and further information on the group and its members should be listed within the Statement.

Do applicants need to have completed a degree in art?
Applicants are not required to have completed a degree in an art-related subject, however, applicants who do not hold an academic degree are required to prove at least 3 years of professional experience as artists.

What are the date-of-birth specifications?
Artist 25-40 years old are eligible to apply. Applicants that are 40, must still be 40 on 10 Feb 2014. Applicants that are 25, must be 25 from 10 February 2014 onward.


What factors should I bear in mind for the proposal?
Proposed projects for the Frieze Artist Award should respond to the art fair context and the particular dynamic of the event itself. The project should pay close attention to the unique temporal, spatial and conceptual particularities of Frieze London and its audience.

The Frieze Artist Award is supported by the LUMA Foundation, established in 2004 to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The LUMA Foundation specializes in challenging artistic projects combing a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.

While the scope and format of the proposed work are not prescribed, applicants are invited to look at the 2014 project by Frieze Artist Award-winner Mélanie Matranga and the history of projects realized at Frieze London between 2006-2013 as part of the Cartier Award and Emdash Award. Past Frieze Projects commissions may also be an important reference in order to understand the scale and nature of realizable projects.

Can I propose an existing work?
No. Please note that we are looking specifically for proposals of new, site-specific work and will not accept proposals of existing artwork. Projects cannot be shown at Frieze London if they have been presented anywhere in 2014, or are included in an exhibition in 2015 or 2016.

Can the work be realized at Frieze New York or Frieze Masters?
No. The proposal should be specific to Frieze London 2015.

Should the proposed work be tailored to a gallery stand or a public space?
Although the proposed work may utilize the format of a gallery stand, the aim of the Award is to encourage artists to create projects that take the context of Frieze London as a platform to present something new. Bespoke space can be made available for the project within the fair, but this does not need to follow the format of a gallery stand.

Will work in all media be considered?
Proposals for work in all media will be considered.

Will online work be considered?
Proposals for online works will be considered but the applicant must demonstrate how the work is relevant to the particular context of the fair and how it would be presented. Proposals for online works may be supported by web links to examples of previous online works.

Will off-site works and events be considered?
No. Proposals for off-site works and events will not be considered.

What will happen to site-specific work after Frieze Art Fair?
Due to the temporary nature of the event, all site-specific installation work is dismantled after the fair.


What is the Budget?
Your proposal must be realizable within a budget of up to £20,000, with £10,000 allocated to production, £5,000 for research and development and £5,000 for artist fees and travel expenses. Applicants should ensure that everything from research and construction, to presentation and staffing have been considered, and are feasible within these figures. The budget must be used exclusively toward the project for Frieze London 2015 and will be managed by the winning artist in agreement with the Frieze Projects team.

What can the research and development budget be used for?
The £5,000 research and development budget is offered to facilitate the realization of the project in the best possible way. It may cover costs such as: research material and travel; production tests; rehearsals; etc. For instance, the winning artist may wish to use the research and development budget to cover costs associated with visiting archives as part of her/his research towards the project: acquiring materials and meeting fabricators; covering costs associated with rehearsals with performers and contributors s/he wishes to work with.

Use of the research and development budget toward production will depend on the nature of the selected proposal, as there may be areas of expenditure in which these costs naturally overlap.

Does my research and development time have to take place in London?
No. Research and development can take place anywhere, in agreement with the Frieze Projects team.

Who will take ownership of the work produced?
All work produced at the fair will remain the property of the artist. If the work realized at Frieze London is sold, all production costs must be reimbursed. This agreement will be clarified in the artist’s contract.


Who are the selection committee?
The selection committee is chaired by Jo Stella-Sawicka, Artistic Director of Frieze Fairs and will include an international panel of leading artists and curators (TBA) including Nicola Lees, curator of Frieze Projects.

Is the selection panel’s final decision negotiable?
All decisions are final. We are unable to enter into correspondence with individuals regarding the outcome of their application.

Is there a schedule for the application and selection procedure?
The application process closes 10 February 2015 at 17:00 GMT. The shortlisted artists will be notified in April, if you have not been contacted by 30 April 2015 your application has not been successful. The winner will be announced in May 2015.


When does Frieze London take place?
Frieze London will place from 14 to 17 October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London.

Where can I find information about past Frieze Artist Awards?
For information on past Frieze Artist Awards, the Emdash Award and the Cartier Award please go to

Where can I find information about past Frieze Projects?
For information on Frieze Projects from 2003-2014 please go to