An art affair: Frieze, PAD and 1:54


My weekend was a pretty ‘artful’ affair as I attended the last days of Frieze Art Fair, PAD Art Fair and1:54 Contempaorary Art Fair.

Being at an arts school has done me no favors in getting my foot through the creative industry door – I’ve had to get out there and network. So on that note, I courageously ‘blagged’ my way (though technically I’m a practising journalist – just one without a press card!) into PAD for the last day of the exhibition in Mayfair on Sunday 19th Oct.

Before that I’d been at Frieze which was a great experience for me as it was the first time I’d attended despite invites previous years. I was reminded of Italy’s annual “Salone del Mobile” which brings so much vibrancy to Milan which can be a monotone city otherwise.


The highlight for me at Frieze was without a doubt meeting Alistair HicksDeutsche Bank Art Advisor and Curator. Now, here’s how I know I’m not cut out to be a news writer – meeting Alistair Hicks should have been in the first paragraph of this post, if not first line. Instead I’ve saved some of the best info as a great feature writer would! Alistair shared his views on an exclusive exhibition commissioned by Deutsche Bank on display to a selective audience in the Deutsch Bank Lounge, appallel to the VIP area.

On first entry past the dimly lit corridor with a brief introduction to “Raqs Media Collective” I walked into a large, light open space and I was immediately drawn towards time – “The Arc of a Day” a re-creation of the original installation Raqs Media Collective signature piece of timeless clocks set against a gleaming gold background. Find out more in my Deutsche Bank Frieze 2014 post about my exclusive interview with Alistair Hicks coming soon. Alistair Hicks latest book The Global Art Compass – New Directions in 21st-Century Art (£18.95)  is available from Amazon .

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