1. This year I visited Frieze Art Fair for the first time, a rare and interesting insight into the contemporary art world and it’s followers. I found the amount of artwork on show hugely overwhelming, and it felt quite odd to experience art in a busy and bustling environment (unlike the normal calm, quiet gallery setting I’m used to seeing art in which allows space for contemplation and appreciation of artworks). It was however an interesting experience, due in large part to the eclectic mix of people milling around which made for good people watching! Afshin Dehkordi’s review of the contemporary art fair highlights important issues surrounding the affect commercialised art fairs are having on artists and their practice, including the benefits that arise from artists using art fairs as a platform to commodify and sell their art to subsidise more experimental or community based work.
2. The sculpture garden in surrounding Regent’s Park was more my scene, allowing walkers and joggers to encounter contemporary art as they went about their business. Black Light 2012, David Nash.
3. I’ve been frantically researching and reading up on cultural policy since starting my course earlier this month. First assignment is in the form of a 3000 word essay in response to the question “What does cultural policy involve?”.