How to apply

How can I apply to the Frieze Artist Award?
Applications to the Award can be submitted online only, by completing the online application form at The deadline for applications is Friday January 11, 5pm EST and all applications should be submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered.

How do I fill in the application form?
When you first visit the website, you will be asked to create a login, using your email address as a username. Once you have made this login, a link will be emailed to you, with your details. You will be able to save your application and revisit it.

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.

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 the fair. 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.

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 Within the proposal images section, it is possible to include images of historical references or other visual material that might help to give a sense of the tone, framework and style of the proposed project.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?
Yes. Video works can be included as supporting material. DVDs should be formatted for region 2, as PAL. DVD works more than 5 minutes long should be shortened for viewing. As DVDs cannot be returned please submit duplicate copies rather than original work.

Video works can be submitted by including links to online material (such as a Vimeo page) in the application form, or alternatively send viewing copies by post. DVDs submitted as supporting material should clearly labelled with the name of the applicant and the number of works on each disk and sent to:

Frieze Artist Award
247 Centre Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10013

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 Frieze Artist Award should respond to the art fair context and the particular dynamic of the event itself. The project should pay close attention to the unique temporal, spatial and conceptual particularities of Frieze New York and its audience.

The Frieze Artist Award is supported by the Luma Foundation, established in 2004 to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The Luma Foundation specializes in challenging artistic projects combing a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.

While the scope and format of the proposed work are not prescribed, applicants are invited to look at the 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 projects by Frieze Artist Award-winners Kapwani Kiwanga, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Yuri Pattison, and Rachel Rose and the history of projects realized at Frieze London between 2006-2013 as part of the Cartier Award and Emdash Award. Past Frieze Projects New York commissions may also be an important reference in order to understand the scale and nature of realizable projects.

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 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 New York 2019.

Should the proposed work be tailored to a gallery stand or a public space?
Although the proposed work may utilize the format of a gallery stand, the aim of the Award is to encourage artists to create projects that take the context of Frieze New York as a platform to present something new. Bespoke space can be made available for the project within the fair, but this does not need to follow the format of a gallery stand.

Will work in all media be considered?
Proposals for work in all media will be considered.

Will online work be considered?
Proposals for online works will be considered but the applicant must demonstrate how the work is relevant to the particular context of the fair and how it would be presented. Proposals for online works may be supported by web links to examples of previous online works.

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. If the artist would want to keep the work after the fair, shipping from the fair and storage is the responsibility of the artist.

Who will take ownership of the work produced?
All work produced at the fair will remain the property of the artist. If the work realized at Frieze New York is sold, all production costs must be reimbursed. This agreement will be clarified in the artist’s contract.


What is the Budget?
Your proposal must be realizable within a budget of up to $25,000, with $17,500 allocated to production including install and de-install, $2,500 for research and development and $5,000 for artist fees and travel expenses. 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 Frieze New York 2018 and will be managed by the winning artist in agreement with the Frieze team.

What can the research and development budget be used for?
The $2,500 research and development budget is offered to facilitate the realization of the project in the best possible way. It may cover costs such as: research material and travel; production tests; rehearsals; etc. For instance, the winning artist may wish to use the research and development budget to cover costs associated with visiting archives as part of her/his research towards the project: acquiring materials and meeting fabricators; covering costs associated with rehearsals with performers and contributors s/he wishes to work with.

Use of the research and development budget toward production will depend on the nature of the selected proposal, as there may be areas of expenditure in which these costs naturally overlap.

Does my research and development time have to take place in New York?
No. Research and development can take place anywhere, in agreement with the Frieze team.

Who will take ownership of the work produced?
All work produced at the fair will remain the property of the artist. If the work realized at Frieze New York is sold, all production costs must be reimbursed. This agreement will be clarified in the artist’s contract.


Who are the selection committee?
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel of prominent artist and curators (TBD).

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 January 11 at 17:00 EST. The artist will be notified, if you have not been contacted by early February 2019 your application has not been successful. The winner will be announced in February 2019.


When does Frieze New York take place?
Frieze New York will place in May 2019 in Randall's Island Park, 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

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