Frieze London 2016 brought together over 160 of the world’s leading galleries from New York to Berlin and Shanghai to São Paulo, to showcase works by newly discovered artists alongside some of the most respected names in contemporary art.
Explore our curated sections – Focus, the definitive destination to discover young talents; Live, creating moments of immersion and interaction with participatory performance works; and new for 2016, The Nineties, recreating seminal exhibitions from this decade.
Other highlights included our non-profit programme of new artist commissions, a lively series of talks, guided tours, impressive large-scale works in the Frieze Sculpture Park, and a selection of pop-ups from London's favourite restaurants.
Frieze London and Frieze Masters are both located in The Regent’s Park, a short 15-minute walk from each other.
2016 Opening Days
Wednesday 5 October: Invitation-only Preview
Thursday 6 October: Premium Day, 12 – 7pm
Friday 7 October, 12 – 7pm
Saturday 8 October, 12 – 7pm
Sunday 9 October, 12 – 6pm
Tickets for Frieze London 2017 will be released in July 2017. All tickets are limited and often sell out. Book in advance to save and ensure entry, particularly at the weekend. Booking fees apply. Sign up to our eNewsletter to be the first to know when tickets are released.
All backpacks, suitcases and large items (bigger than a laptop bag) are not permitted inside the fair. We strongly advise such items are not brought to the site. Use of the cloakroom for such items will incur a £5 charge per item and proceeds will be donated to charity. Coats and umbrellas can be checked free of charge.
Supported by the LUMA Foundation and curated for the first time by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum, Zurich), the non-profit programme of artist commissions featured Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter; Martin Soto Climent; Coco Fusco (UK debut, co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial); Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa); Julie Verhoeven; and Samson Young. The winner of the 2016 Frieze Artist Award is Yuri Pattison.
Curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York) and presented with BMW, Frieze Sounds presented the UK premieres of new sound commissions by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, GCC and Liz Magic Laser.
Curated by Christy Lange (Frieze) with Gregor Muir (ICA, London), Frieze Talks brought together today’s most influential artists, writers, curators and thinkers. The programme included a new series of daily workshops exploring the theme of ‘borderlands’.
Guided Tours & Frieze Bespoke
Guided tours of the fair include general and group tours, as well as Frieze Bespoke – a personalised tour service to help you start and grow your art collection. Tours are presented in assocation with Art Fund.
Returning for a second year, the Reading Room offered visitors the opportunity to meet writers, editors and artists in book signings and presentations, hosted each hour by the world’s leading arts publications.
Frieze Sculpture Park
Free to the public and located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Gardens, the Frieze Sculpture Park exhibits impressive large-scale works, selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) until 8 January 2017.
Frieze Week magazine
Following its launch in 2015, Frieze Week magazine returned offering a companion guide to the wealth of art and activity which took place at the fair and across the city during Frieze London and Frieze Masters, including complete fair gallery listings.
Allied Editions presented specially commissioned works of art from as little as £40 with proceeds going directly to public institutions. 2016 featured a range of new editions launched exclusively at the fair. All ticket holders received a 5% discount on selected prints purchased at Frieze London (one purchase only).