Press Release

Frieze Sculpture Park: A Free Outdoor Exhibition for Three Months

London, United Kindgom


Frieze is pleased to announce that the Sculpture Park will be open from 5 October 2016 – 8 January 2017, with free entry to all. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), 20 iconic works by 20th-century masters and new commissions by contemporary talents will be placed throughout the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park, creating a free outdoor exhibition at the centre of London. For the first time, Art Fund is the programming partner for the Sculpture Park.

World-leading galleries in Frieze London and Frieze Masters (6–9 October) will extend their shows outside the fair, dramatizing the landscape of The Regent’s Park, and beyond Frieze Week, with 18 works remaining on view until 8 January 2017.

For the fourth year the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, will develop a free, dedicated app for the Sculpture Park.  The Frieze Sculp­ture Guide App, available to download from 5 October, will have detailed information on each of the sculptures and an audio guide by Clare Lilley. Art Fund will also produce a programme of workshops for the duration of the outdoor exhibition.

Robert Dingle, Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund, said: ‘The Frieze Sculpture Park is without a doubt one of the key highlights of Frieze week, and we are so pleased to be its programming partner this year.  To have a sculpture exhibition, for free, right in the heart of London, is fantastic and its staying open long after Frieze London and Masters have closed will mean everyone will have even more time to visit.  We can’t wait to share the Art Fund’s new-look Frieze Sculpture Guide app, a free audio companion to the Sculpture Park, and huge thanks to Clare Lilley for lending her voice once more, so her carefully curated and eclectic selection of sculpture is brought to life.’

Clare Lilley, who selected and placed the works, said: ‘From the contempla­tive and ephemeral to the robust and monumental, the exhibition includes the park’s first-ever conceptual work – a remaking of a rare 1969 piece by Ed Herring – and classic painted sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet alongside a newly created work by Eddie Martinez.

British post-war artists are represented by Eduardo Paolozzi, Barry Fla­nagan and Lynn Chadwick, whilst young and established international artists Nairy Baghramian, Zeng Fanzhi, Claude Lalanne, Huang Rui, Jose Dávila, Matthew Monahan and Goshka Macuga amplify the selec­tion. Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Renato Nicolodi, and Fernando Casasem­pere each offer newly made works, as does Conrad Shawcross, whose six-metre-high steel sculpture is a study for his major 2016 commission for the Greenwich Peninsula, while Henry Krokatsis’s imaginary sauna-shed reflects the traditional bandstands and shelters found in London’s parks.’

The exhibition will captivate and energise both Frieze and Park visitors and I’m gratified that Camden Council has again agreed to extend the end date until January 2017, giving Londoners a wonderful cultural resource over the winter months.’ 

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