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Frieze marks 30th Anniversary with ‘Frieze Sessions’, a 3-Day Digital Festival.

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.

Rirkrit Portrait Anette Aurell

Anniversary Sessions  

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

Installation view: Kara Walker At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected: A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant A project of Creative Time Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, NY, May 10 – July 6, 2014 Photo: Jason Wyche

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.

Frieze Membership  

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



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