David Franchi – Wednesday, 21st October 2015.

Frieze art fair 2015The 13th London edition of Frieze Fair for contemporary artpresented 164 of the world’s leading galleries from 27 countries.

Probably the best ever edition, Frieze Art Fair 2015 offered Sculpture Park, Frieze Talk and Frieze Projects. A new team started its work, with Victoria Siddal becoming responsible for all Frieze events.

For the first time, Frieze Sculpture Park will remain open to visitors for three months, until 17 January 2016. At no cost, the Sculpture Park is located in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park, London. It exhibits 16 works, both new and already seen, by international artist.

For the 2015 edition, Frieze Talks presented a mix of drastic art and promising artists practice. With its usual combination of conversations, lectures and panel discussions, highlights were Cuban activists Tania Bruguera, artist and novelist Douglas Coupland, stylist Vivienne Westwood, and a panel discussion about the affordability for artists who want to live in London chaired by Justin Simons, Head of Culture for the Mayor of London.

Frieze Projects is a non-profit curated programme, supported by LUMA foundation, with additional assistance offered by Arts Council England.

A significant highlight was Frieze Film. It staged works of four artists, including Charles Atlas with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Xavier Cha, Gery Georgieva and Thirteen Black Cats. The works proposed expressed a range of approaches contemporary film – making.

For the 2015 edition, Frieze Projects displayed seven new commissions, including ÅYR, Lutz Bacher, castillo/corrales, Thea Djordjadze, Jeremy Herbert, Asad Raza and Rachel Rose.

The latter is also the winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award 2015. Based in New York, Rachel Rose is currently on a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London. For the Frieze Artist Award 2015, she created a scale -model of the fair structure, with lighting and sound design simulating the fauna of Regent’s Park. Frieze Artist Award calls an artist to create a site – specific artwork at Frieze London. For this year edition, 1200 applications from all over the world have been received.

Another important innovation is the new managing team for the Frieze Fairs. Last month Victoria Siddall was appointed as Director of Frieze London and Frieze New York, in addition of already being Director of Frieze Masters.

London Frieze Fair has seen Joanna Stella –Samicka taking up the position of Artistic Director and managing relationship within Europe, Middle East, Russia and Africa.

The business management group is now composed by Kerry Bishop (COO), Paul Rakker (CFO) and Anna Sterling (Frieze Publishing). Abby Bangser has been appointed as Artistic Director for Americas and Asia.

The winner of the Stand Prize at Frieze London 2015 is Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. The Stand Prize recognises to an outstanding gallery presentation at Frieze London. Supported for the seventh year by Champagne Pommery, the prize consists in the sum of £10,000.  Five further galleries received Special Commendations from the jury for their presentations: The Approach, London; Experimenter, Kolkata; Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin; Casas Riegner, Bogotá and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

Running in London alongside Frieze Masters 2015, Frieze Art Fair was sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the 12th consecutive year.

The Frieze Art Fair 2015 was at Regent’s Park, London, from 14th until 17thOctober.


David Franchi – Sunday, 18th October 2015.

PAD -Pavilion of Art and Design London 2015 fairAs usually PAD London Art Fair 2015 has hit the mark. The overwhelmingly PAD 2015 fair is one of the most significant catalysts that attracts to London art galleries from the most important in the world.

PAD 2015 Art Fair was at its usual location in Berkley Square, in Mayfair, in the earth of London.

At its 9th edition, PAD 2015 London proposed 63 galleries of which 13 were participating for the first time.

In between the most relevant galleries of the world, they present unique pieces. The atmosphere is lavish and, according to the prices, addressed to top class buyers.

An exceptional organisation is provided and the disposition of the galleries seems to be same from the last years, which means the business has been successful in the past.

Participants to PAD 2015 London can be grouped by themes: 20th Century Design, Contemporary Design, Decorative Art, Jewellery, Modern Art, Antiquities + Tribal Art, Asian, Islamic Art, Sculpture, and Photography. This array gives an accurate panorama of what are the essential trends in the art world.

Like every year PAD London is proud of its restaurant and bar. For the 2015 edition of the art fair the design of the PAD restaurant and Ruinart bar is committed to Francis Sultana the famous furniture and interior designer from London, who also exhibit at the Frieze art fair.

Sultana is also one of judges for the Moët Hennessy PAD London Prize, which is an esteemed panel of judges including Julia Peyton-Jones, Elizabeth Saltzman, Nigel Coates, Allegra Hicks and Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The winners for the year 2015 are: Kreo Gallery (UK/France) for Contemporary Design; Jousse Entreprise (France) for 20th Century Decorative Art; Rose Uniacke (UK) for Best Antiquities Stand; and Pierre Passebon / Galerie du Passage (France) for Best Stand.

In 1997 Patrick Perrin created one of the most appreciated cultural events in France, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris. Inspired by the Italian studiolo of the Renaissance, it brings together international gallery owners as well as young promising dealers, whose area of expertise covers the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, together with the relationship between art and industry, and the beginnings of the Arts and Crafts movement and design. Since 2007 the fair has taken a new direction focusing on Art and Design from 1860 to today and now is called Pavilion of Art & Design.

The fair PAD –Pavilion of Art and Design was in Berkley Square, Mayfair, London,from 14th until 18th October 2015.


David Franchi – Thursday, 2nd July 2015.

Euroart Studios Tottenham London

Euroart Studios Tottenham London

Open Studios and Art Exhibition was a great event, atEuroart Studios, inTottenham, London. Euroart Studios is a very huge hub for artists, located in North London, between Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters. It is a centre consisting in 70 studios, bringing together an assorted mix of gifted artists.

Once a year, the Euroart Studios opens its doors to the public for the Open Studiosand Art Exhibition. It is an unmissable event, as there is the possibility to visit almost all the studios and get in touch personally with the artists. It was a free entry event, with donation bar, interactive music and complimentary tea and coffee.

There was a Silent Auction. Affordable artworks were installed on a wall, each with accompanying ‘Bid Sheet’ containing details of the works and the creating artist. On the sheet was the start price of the auction and spaces for visitors to record higher bids and their contact number. At the end of each two hour period, Euroart’s auction coordinator contacted the highest bidder to return to the auction wall, to collect and pay for their purchase. The Silent Auction was not supervised, so visitors were free to view the artworks and place bids at their convenience.

At the Open Studios and Art Exhibition, there was also an Art Raffle, a chance to win a £250 voucher prize which could be used to buy works from the ’Silent Auction Wall’, in artists’ studios or to commission new work.

It happened to me to meet Nigel Young out of Arsenal tube station by chance. He showed me the Euroart Studios exhibition publicity on a magazine and I decided to go, because for coincidences I think that rarely God is so lazy. Visiting the exhibition was a great pleasure.

I discovered the Euroart Studios where founded by professional visual artist Lorraine Clarke and space projects quality consultant Young in January 2002. At the beginning, Euroart was established in a leased industrial location on Tottenham High Road, next door to Spurs Football Club.

In 2009, Spurs purchased the site for development of a new stadium and Euroart was immediately evicted. However, Clarke and Young were able to find two warehouse units at Gaunson House and to lease them for 20-year terms, 34 workspaces created and 30 artists relocated from the High Road premises. In August 2011 a third warehouse unit was leased and an additional 36 workspaces created.

The basic concept of Euroart Studios is to help artists by offering attractive spaces at affordable rates. Many artists, in fact, start to do art by pastime or working part-time. Therefore, an affordable rent is very welcome. Many significant artists started their carrier exactly in the same way.

However, it is a common say that London today is too expensive: it is absolutely true. The town became so costly that it looks like a kindergarten for rich people.

The London situation is now an insurmountable obstacle for those people who are not well in cash – and I really mean loaded with a lot of money and plenty of free time. An artist today must go to university, buy pricey materials, rent a studio and travel, sometimes even out of the country.

As a result, the people whose families have not enough money are offside. This is undermining the level of the UK in any sector, including art. Therefore, Euroart Studios give a great opportunity to artists.

Being central London exploited by gentrification, many artists are moving to Tottenham from the surrounding areas, for example Dalston, Hornsey Road, or Shoredtich. Tottenham instead has been regenerated after the riots – which suspiciously happened just when needed. There is a Halls of Residence in the area, linked to the University of the Arts and to Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

Euroart Studios is focused on deliver contemporary art to the local community, helping people to participate in artistic and original experiences, including creative workshops in the studios and across the borough and collaborative projects with other local organizations, like Bruce Castle Museum, West Green Learning Centre, Friends of Markfield Park and North London Chamber of Commerce.

Euroart Studios is a self-funded, not-for-profit, company limited by guarantee, and they receive no core funding.

‘Open Studios and Art Exhibition’ was at the Euroart Studios from 5th until 7th June, Tottenham Hale/Seven Sisters, London, N15 4QQ.


David Franchi – Sunday, 22nd March 2015.

The Affordable Art Fair 2015 has been successful, in Battersea Park, London.

Affordable Art Fair 2015 LondonThe fair is one of the most famous in the world. It showcases a very varied range of artworks made using different media, such as paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture, installations and photography. The prices of works on sale are all between £100 and £5,000.

Therefore, with such prices the goal of the Affordable Art Fair is to help people in build their own collection, but above all, it is a very good place for collector beginners. The effort the fair makes to help art collector novices is remarkable, for example, when just exploring the website it is possible to find numerous basic tips for the fresher of the sector.

For its London edition of March 2015, the Affordable Art Fair organised many activities. The word was to relax and to take your time to visit the fair at your own pace. Parents could drop off their babies aged 2-10 at the “Outstanding” Ofsted rated crèche (complete with arty activities), Nipperbout. Then also, there were activity packs and a packed programme of hands-on workshops to keep children aged 4-11 entertained. Thirdly, for the adults, instead, there were cafes and a Laithwaite wine bar.

The Affordable Art fair is a lively event that has reached its 16th year with 111 events across 11 countries, 1,300 exhibiting galleries and 232,000 visitors. Priding itself on making art reachable for everyone, the fair proposal is to find art that reflects each buyer’s passion whatever is their budget. Whether visitors are looking for traditional or contemporary, original or minimalist, colourful or monochrome pieces, there truly is art for everyone and to personalize their own space.

Luci Noel, Affordable Art Fair Battersea Director, shares her top art tips for curating a home collection; “Art fairs provide an eclectic mix of genres and artists that you can browse to find the perfect artwork to kick-start or expand your collection. Chatting with the gallerists, will help you learn about the art and discover more about what’s behind the piece. You’ll also be able to see some up and coming talent and be exposed to styles which you may not have come across or considered previously.”

The March 2015 fair hosted artworks from galleries across the globe alongside local collections. New talent from Project Space Collective, an initiative directed at emerging talent from around the UK were also on show. South London Art Map offered guided tours tailored for both first time collectors and anyone curious about emerging artists.

Occurring during the Mother’s Day, the Affordable Art Fair had this year a special focus on artwork created for the purpose. Visitors were able to browse a vast range of limited edition artist’s prints, one-off sculptures, or original paintings made for the occasion of the Mother’s day. Creative visitors can make their own Mother’s Day card on the spot at the print making workshop. Elsewhere, the Affordable Art Fair hosted a number of special workshops on Mother’s Day, including how to create your own flying machines and creatures.

The Affordable Art Fair was at Battersea Park, London, from 12th until 15th March 2015.