Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize: How to Apply & FAQ

All the information you need to apply for the Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize

The Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize: How to Apply

Applications to the Award can be submitted online only, by completing the online application form.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 July, 5pm EST and all applications should be submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered.

The form has several sections, which are split into tabs. When you have completed the form, please click the ‘submit’ button on the final tab. If you have not completed a section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Upon submission, all applicants will receive an automatic email confirmation that their proposal has been received.

Please see below for FAQs regarding the Prize and the application process.

Paulo Nazareth at Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York 2019. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy: the artist and Mendes Wood DM. Photo: Timothy Schenck/Frieze

Paulo Nazareth at Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York 2019. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy: the artist and Mendes Wood DM. Photo: Timothy Schenck/Frieze


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 Rockefeller Center. 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.

 However, you can edit your submission before the deadline submissions.

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 Within the proposal images section, it is possible to include images of historical references or other visual material that might help to give a sense of the tone, framework and style of the proposed project.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’ own 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, PNG and Gifs, no larger than 960 pixels wide and 720 pixels high, at a resolution of 72 dpi. Each file size should not exceed 250KB.

Can I include video works?


Can additional material be included in the application?

No. Additional material such as catalogs and press cuttings will not be considered.

In the section called ”Bibliography” you will be able to add links to or descriptions of articles that have been written your work.


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 the “Contact Details” section 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 factors should I bear in mind for the proposal?

Proposed projects for the LIFEWTR Frieze Sculpture Prize should respond to Rockefeller Center context. The project should pay close attention to the unique temporal, spatial and conceptual particularities

LIFEWTR Frieze Sculpture Prize is launched in partnership with LIFEWTR.

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 Sculpture New York if they have been presented anywhere in 2018, or are included in an exhibition in 2018 or 2019.

Can the work be realized at Frieze London or Frieze Masters?

No. The proposal should be specific to Frieze Sculpture New York 2020.

Should the proposed work be tailored to a gallery stand or a public space?

The proposed work should be tailored for an outside public space, the aim of the prize is to encourage artists to create projects that take the context of Rockefeller Center as a platform to present something new.

Will work in all media be considered?

No, only sculptural work will be considered.

Will online work be considered?


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.  This agreement will be clarified in the artist’s contract.

Who will take ownership of the work produced?

All work produced for the Prize will remain the property of the artist.


What is the Budget?

Your proposal must be realizable within a budget of up to $40,000. Installation at Rockefeller Center will be in addition to this figure. 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 LIFEWTR Frieze Sculpture Prize and will be managed by the winning artist in agreement with the Frieze team.


Who are the selection committee?

The selection committee is Loring Randolph, Artistic Director of Frieze Fairs and will include a panel including Brett Littman, a representative of LIFEWTR, and a representative of Rockefeller Center.

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 Monday, July 1st at 17:00 EST. The artist will be notified, if you have not been contacted by October 2019 your application has not been successful. The winner will be announced in October 2019.


When does Frieze Sculpture New York 2020 take place?

Frieze Sculpture New York will take place from April till June 2020 at Rockefeller Center, New York.

Where can I find information about past Frieze Artist Awards?

For information on past Frieze Artist Awards, the Emdash Award and the Cartier Award can be found here on 

Where can I find information about past Frieze Projects?

Information on Frieze Projects from 2003-2017 can be found here on

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Please direct further questions to