Frieze has revealed the line up for Anniversary Sessions, a three-day digital festival that will mark the international art organization’s 30th anniversary and will take place next week from February 17th to 19th, 2021. The anniversary celebrations will also see the launch of Frieze’s new membership programme, which gives members access to a community that champions art, and the voices, movements and debates that drive cultural conversation.
The three-day online festival will see a series of intimate but wide-ranging talks between some of the major artists and writers who have shaped the artistic landscape over the past three decades and touch upon some of the most important topics in art today. Participants in a series of online conversations between artists will include: Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Lubaina Himid, Philippe Parreno, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker.
A festival atmosphere will be conjured by award-winning restaurants, including Dante NYC, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Locanda Locatelli, Rita’s and Roberta’s, showing us how to mix their favourite cocktails in a series of specially commissioned videos. Closing out the programme, an acoustic set by Arlo Parks will take place on Friday evening.
Bringing audiences together to celebrate contemporary art, the new membership programme is the first-ever initiative of its type by Frieze and will strengthen the organization’s engagement with its communities, giving members access to dedicated content, criticism and information, as well as special events throughout the year. Membership will launch with two tiers:
Frieze In Depth: £40 / €45 / $50 per year
• Explore for 30 days, with free cancellation
• Unlimited access to frieze.com including the archive
• Free admission to digital talks
• Priority booking to Frieze Fairs and early access to Frieze Viewing Rooms
• Exclusive member discounts in the Frieze shop
• Invites to member-only events
• Curated e-newsletters with global art highlights
Frieze will also launch a third tier of membership, Frieze 91, in the coming months once in-person and live events return. Designed for new collectors, Frieze 91 will give patrons early entry to all Frieze events, private access to participating galleries, tours of artist studios and museums, as well as exclusive events across the globe. Frieze 91 members will also have the opportunity for priority booking and out-of-hours access to a global list of private artist foundations and historic residences.
Membership will also provide support for Frieze’s positive-impact initiatives. A portion of funding for Frieze’s Emerging Curators Fellowship Programme, which aims to support Black and POC curators by creating paid placements at public institutions, will be made available through Frieze 91. In Print and In Depth will contribute to a new writing programme, Frieze Summer School, that will give ten aspiring writers the opportunity to develop their skills under the tutelage of the Frieze team.
‘Joining Frieze will give members an introduction to the world of fresh, critical perspective and debate that has characterised our past 30 years. We are all living in a situation right now that requires us to find new ways to connect, and prompts questions about how communities can, and should, be defined. Frieze is responding to this need in a new way, giving members the opportunity to discover and engage with some of the most relevant and important artists working today.’Matt Holt Commercial Director, Frieze
Access to Anniversary Sessions will be available to all Frieze members, with ‘Frieze In Depth’ available to explore for the first 30 days with free cancellation. Membership available now via Frieze.com