Culture24/7: Our pick of top art events in London this Frieze week

By Mark Sheerin | 09 October 2012
Colour photo of a woman interacting with a maze of suspended copper poles
Alice Anderson transforms Riflemaker in Soho© Riflemaker and Alice Anderson
Whether you spring for a Frieze ticket or not, there is much to see and do in the capital this week. Allow us to collate some of the highlights for you.

Allied Editions, Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London, October 10-14

It’s Frieze, but for poor people. London’s premiere public spaces get together to provide limited edition artworks from prices “as low as £25”. That’s less than your ticket to the fair itself; and the cheapest way to acquire a new work by Rachel Whiteread or Mel Bochner.

Bread & Fortunes, Eastside Projects, Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London, October 10-14

Both major foodgroups, bread and fortune cookies will be available at Eastside’s Bread and Fortunes stand at Freize. The sourdough bread has artists’ designs baked into it and wisdom in the cookies is likewise supplied. At two for a quid, they are the least expensive way to eat.

Serpentine Memory Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, October 12-14

You could get out of breath simply reading the line up for Serpentine’s epic programme of talks and discussion. With contributions from author Douglas Coupland, singer Michael Stipe and director David Lynch, this opens Frieze week up to plenty more art forms.

Sunday, Ambika P3, London, until October 14

Sunday advertise their cavernous space at AmbikaP3 as a relaxed environment, recognising perhaps that nearby Frieze will be anything but. While they boast 20 international galleries, not quite half of those are more than three years old. Events programme also included.

New Sensations and the Future Can Wait, B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, until October 14

If you can get past the aggressive marketing for vodka brand Absolut, New Sensations will surely throw up a few saleable artistic talents along with a prizewinner chosen by, among others, artist John Stezaker. The Future Can Wait, in the same building, offers similar fare.

Bedlam, The Old Vic Tunnels, London, until October 22

Art fair week generates its own special kind of madness, but in the Old Vic Tunnels you can find the real thing. This atmospheric site is not far from the former Bedlam asylum, and this is a touchstone for a selection of work by artists represented by Lazarides Gallery.

Alice Anderson, Riflemaker, London, until November 24

If you thought Frieze was exhausting, head down to Riflemaker between noon and 6pm for some durational performance work. Alice Anderson and 20 performers weave dolls hair round a maze of suspended copper rods. The Soho gallery could get crowded.

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