Frieze Fairs Curators Programme

Contemporary Art Society Tour at Frieze London, 2016
Contemporary Art Society Tour at Frieze London, 2016

4 October 2018


Frieze Art Fair
Regents Park

Sackler CPD Members: free
Non-members: £35. VIP tickets to Frieze and lunch included

The Contemporary Art Society will host a talk and lead a tour of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and the Frieze Sculpture Park. To ensure you get your passes to the fair it is essential that you RSVP by 19 September 2018.

Following a series of current debates about the interrelations between private philanthropy and public institutions, Frieze Talks and the Contemporary Art Society will lead a participatory event for museums professionals. Many public institutions around the world have been born out of private philanthropy, from the Getty in LA, the Boijmans in Rotterdam, to the Long Museum in Shanghai. In the UK many regional institutions were founded through major donors, for example the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool or the Grundy in Blackpool. However, for many institutions outside major art hubs it has become more and more difficult to access the private sector.

Throughout the seminar we will present possible areas of collaborations within institutions, private collections, commercial galleries and others that consider curatorial research at the heart of their mission. Together with arts professionals from different fields we will discuss the many ways in which the private and the public might intersect. This event is tailored to art professionals.

To make the seminar as rich as possible curators are encouraged to bring an example of a collaboration with the private sector. Topics can include but are not limited to: gifts and bequests, private collections on display in museums, donations and long loans from private collections, collaborations with commercial galleries, commissions for corporate developers, invitations to curate exhibitions in other settings, career changes within the public to the private sector.



12.00 – 13.30: Frieze Contemporary Art Society Talk.

13.30 – 14.30 Networking Lunch for Museum Members, provided by the Contemporary Arts Society.

14.30 – 15.30 Guided Tour of the Frieze London, including the focus section and the work that will be acquired by the Contemporary Art Society’s Collection Fund at Frieze for The Box, Plymouth.

15.30 – 16.00 Visit to the Frieze Sculpture Park with contemporary artists Hugo Wilson and Kathleen Ryan to discuss their work.

16.00 – 17.00 Highlights tour of Frieze Masters.


Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members, please apply by 19 September 2018. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member and/or apply for a bursary please email

To book a place as a non-Sackler CPD Programme member please pay using the link below


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