All applicants must complete the online application form and include a proposal for the work they wish to produce at Frieze London 2013. All applicants must also submit a brief statement on their work and the relevant supporting visual material.
How do I fill in the form?
Visit the online application form. Fill in your contact and education details on the first page. As you complete each page you can click through to the following page.
You can save your application and return to it later. When you close the form you will be emailed a link back to your application.
Please complete all sections as incomplete applications will not be considered.
When you have completed the form, please click the ‘submit’ button on the final page.
What information should the proposal include?
The proposal should describe the work, the thought behind it and the production process, but should not exceed 300 words. Please include information about the physical description of the work to help the panel to visualize it.
What other factors should I bear in mind for the proposal?
Proposals should indicate that the applicant understands that the art fair is an environment distinct from a traditional gallery based exhibition format.
It is not advisable to propose a work that could be presented at a gallery stand.
Proposed projects should respond to the art fair context and the particular dynamic of the event itself. The project’s conception should pay close attention to the unique temporal, spatial and conceptual particularities of this event and its audience.
Site-specific installations or sculptures should be able to be realized in the limited physical production time available.
Film and video proposals should distinguish whether they are to be presented in a cinema screening format or as an installation.
What is the budget?
The chosen project must be realisable within the £10,000 production budget, and applicants should ensure that everything from research and construction to presentation and staffing have been considered, and are feasible within this budget.
Can I propose an existing work?
No. Please note that we are looking specifically for proposals of new work and will not accept proposals for exhibiting existing artwork.
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 Emdash Award is to encourage artists to consider the specific context of Frieze London and its public zones: the public thoroughfares, the auditorium, the cinema as well as the surrounding park and off site venues. Bespoke space can be made available for the project within the fair but this should not follow the format of a gallery stand.
Will work in all media be considered?
Proposals for work in all media will be considered, however, all proposals must respond to the specific nature of Frieze London. This means that some media, such as site-specific installation, performance, film and video and print publications, may be more suitable than others.
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 (but not documentation).
Will off-site works and events be considered?
Proposals for off-site work and events will be considered.
What information should the artist’s statement include?
The statement should describe the artist’s work to date but should not exceed 300 words.
Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the Emdash Award.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for applications was 16 January 2013.
Is the application deadline negotiable?
The application deadline must be adhered to and extensions will not be granted.
How should applications be submitted?
Applications may only be submitted online.
Can I send an application by email or post?
No, only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Can an applicant submit more than one proposal?
Each applicant can submit a maximum of one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted, the most complete will be considered eligible and the other(s) will be discarded.
Will applicants be sent confirmation that their application has been received?
All applicants will receive confirmation that their proposal has been received by May 2013.
Supporting Visual Material:
Applicants should include documentation of up to five previous works. If possible, please include one or two illustrations/sketches of the proposed work to give the panel a clearer impression of the project.
Alternatively, links to moving image works online can also be listed on the application form.
How should supporting material be submitted?
Please note, digital images must be uploaded to the online application form, only digital video work on DVD should be sent by post.
Digital images should be uploaded to the online application form. There is a section for images of previous works and a separate section for proposal images. Please make sure that images are saved as JPGs no larger than 960 pixels wide and 720 pixels high, at a resolution of 72 dpi. Each file size should not exceed 100Kb.
DVDs should be formatted for region 2 as PAL and sent to the address below. DVDs should clearly labelled with the name of the applicant and the number of works on each disk. Works more than 5 minutes long should be shortened for viewing. As DVDs cannot be returned please submit duplicate copies rather than original work.
Where should DVDs be sent?
DVDs submitted as supporting visual material should be sent to:
The Emdash Award
1 Montclare Street
Can additional material be included in the application?
Due to the large number of applications expected, only images and video excerpts may be included as supporting material. Additional material such as catalogues and press cuttings will not be viewed and should not be sent.
The Emdash Award is open to artists of any age, living outside the UK, up to 5 years from graduating from undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under 35 years of age. Students in full or part time education at the time of application are not eligible for the award.
Are British artists living outside the UK eligible for the award?
The award is open to British artists who are officially resident outside the UK.
Are foreign artists living in the UK eligible for the award?
No, the award is only open to artists living outside the UK.
Are students who graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree less than 5 years ago but are currently in part time education eligible to apply?
Students in full- or part-time education, including PhD students, are not eligible for the award. All qualifications must have been completed at the time of application.
Do applicants have to have completed a degree in art?
Applicants do not have to have completed a degree in an art-based subject.
Are artists working collaboratively eligible to apply?
Artists working as a pair or a group on a regular basis are eligible for the award. 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 ‘Contact Details’ and further information on the group and its members should be listed within the Statement.
Collaborative groups are only eligible if at least half of the individuals involved are within 5 years of graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or are under 35 years of age, and are based outside the UK.
The selection will be based on the extent to which the proposed project is:
• Innovative in nature
• Realisable at Frieze London
• In step with the applicant’s ongoing practice.
Proposals should take into account the unique temporal, spatial and conceptual dynamics of Frieze London as a context to realize a piece of work.
Is there a schedule for the application and selection procedure?
|16 January 2013||Application closing date|
|May 2013||Receipt of applications acknowledged|
|May 2013||Successful candidate announced|
|1 August 2013||Residency begins|
|14 October 2013||Installation of project at Frieze London begins|
|17 October 2013||Frieze London opens|
|20 October 2013||Frieze London closes|
|31 October 2013||Residency ends|
Who are the selection committee?
The selection committee includes a representative from Frieze Foundation, Emdash Foundation, Gasworks, and an artist.
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.
Will receipt of applications be acknowledged?
All applications will be acknowledged by email by May 2013.
Who should be contacted if there are queries regarding the application?
Read through the ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Further Information’ sections. If the query is not answered email enquiries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large number of applications expected, telephone enquiries will not be accepted.