Frieze London to open permanent gallery space in Mayfair

Words by
Charlotte McManus
Photography by
Matheson Whiteley

15th February 2021

Marking a first for the lauded art fair, No. 9 Cork Street will operate as a “a hub for international galleries” upon its planned launch in October

This autumn, the team behind Frieze London plans to open a permanent gallery space as a means for cultural institutions from across the globe to connect with the capital's art lovers throughout the year. It is also the first venture of this type to be established by the contemporary art fair. 

Positioned on No.9 Cork Street in Mayfair, the 600sq m space - designed by architecture studio Matheson Whiteley and developed in collaboration with The Pollen Estate - will be spread across three floors of two converted warehouses. The gallery has been founded on a flexible, collaborative model, complete with contemporary artworks displayed from a roster of visiting international galleries, while Frieze hints at a series of "ambitious exhibition projects" that will last for approximately four weeks each. 


In the building, each participating gallery will be given its own gallery space, as well as a private viewing room. Meanwhile, the lower level will function as both an events space and a centre for Frieze's members-only activities, such as artist talks, screenings and receptions.

As Eva Langret, Artistic Director of Frieze London, comments, "Over the past 12 months, we have learnt that the experience of seeing art is irreplaceable, as are the human connections that are so crucial to its appreciation. No.9 Cork Street is a natural response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. With ideas around locality, physicality and time particularly pertinent right now, the pop-up model allows for a more in-depth look at specific projects - [this] new space  will host international projects conceived specifically for London".