SLUICE, THE ANTI-FRIEZE ART FAIRSept. 8, 2011
A new up-and-comer alternative to the Frieze Art Fair sets up shop in the backyard of Bond Street Station in Mayfair -- about 15 minutes from Frieze in Regent’s Park -- Oct. 15-16, 2011. The Sluice Art Fair shows nonprofit exhibitors and non-blue-chip artists at a largely sponsor-funded venue to cater to “spaces that wouldn’t normally have thought of going to an art fair before,” co-director Karl England told Culture 24. “They don’t have the budget. They’re not looking at being a selling gallery.” England, along with co-organizer Ben Street, instead wanted to focus largely on educational elements, with a weekend schedule full of discussions, screenings, performances, art-making workshops and children’s activities.
Galleries showing at the free event include Transition, Space in Between, studio1.1, Theodore:Art (New York), George and Jorgen, Fordham, Banner Repeater, Aid and Abet, ALISN, Filmmarmalade, Mews Project Space, Modern Language Experiment, Shift and Ledge Project.
Organizers have lined up performances by Simon Linington, William Mackrell, Alexander Costello and Rosalie Schweiker, and a panel discussion with Free Art Fair founder Jasper Joffe, Transition Gallery founder Cathy Lomax and art writer Alistair Gentry.