If you appreciate the latest contemporary artwork but aren’t overly fond of the whitewashed walls and the quiet stillness often found at your average art gallery, then London has a new and innovative way of bringing visitors closer to art and nature.
The Frieze Sculpture Park is an annual event that runs from late summer to early autumn and features international artists from all over the world. What makes this particular exhibition so different is that it uses one of London’s Royal Parks as its venue, so it’s well worth a visit if you’ll be taking advantage of one of our M by Montcalm Shoreditch packages this autumn.
Read on to discover a little more about this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park and why it’s a great afternoon activity for the whole family.
The chosen venue for this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park is none other than the immaculately maintained Regents’ Park, which is located just a 29-minute Tube ride away from our rooms in Shoreditch.
One of the most popular green spaces in London, visitors to the park are often surprised at the number of things to see and do once they arrive, so plan your visit carefully and not only will you be able to enjoy the Frieze Sculpture Park, but you might just have enough time to enjoy a little boating on the lake, and a wander amongst the tree-lined avenues and formal gardens too.
For the little ones, there are no less than four children’s play areas to be explored, making the park an excellent attraction for families, groups and couples alike.
Carefully selected by the Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Clare Lilley, this year’s exhibition brings together prominent artists from all over the globe to create an accessible way for visitors to experience art and sculpture in a beautiful setting.
Artists including Tom Sachs, Lucy Skaer, LR Vandy, Joanna Rajkowska, Tai-Jung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young can all be found in the park this year up until the 6th of October. Admission is free of charge during park opening hours, and there is also a free audio tour that can be downloaded prior to your visit so you can gain a deeper appreciation of the sculptures on offer as you journey around the park taking in the latest pieces of art.
Some of the striking pieces on show for 2019 include a full-size reproduction of a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Matchbox toy car by Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz which evokes childhood memories and questions value within art history. There is also a 3-metre-high bronze by Pakistani-American sculptor, Huma Bhabha which references ancient sculpture and recent sci-fi.
There is also a bronze figure that is over four metres long entitled ‘When I Sleep’ that is both touching and perturbing by British artist, Tracey Emin which is worth looking out for during your stay at the M by Montcalm.
Getting to Regent’s Park
The great thing about London is the fast and efficient public transport systems that connect the different districts of the city and make finding attractions and landmarks easy for visitors.
For those enjoying one of our M by Montcalm Shoreditch packages, the easiest way to reach Regent’s Park is to head to Liverpool Street Tube station which is just a 15-minute stroll away from the hotel.
Once you’ve arrived at the station, take the Circle line. It leaves the station every three minutes and stay on the train until you reach Great Portland Street station, which takes approximately 30 minutes.
Depart the Tube and head towards the southern entrance to the park where you’ll see signs for the Frieze Sculpture Park. Take your time strolling around the beautifully maintained gardens and lush parkland before reaching your destination as the area really is stunning and worthy of a visit in its own right.
If you’d rather take an iconic London black cab to the park, these can be easily booked on your behalf by your concierge at the M by Montcalm, so just speak to the team at reception, and they will happily arrange this for you.
Other things to do nearby
Once you’ve enjoyed all of the art on offer at the Frieze Sculpture Park, there are plenty more amazing attractions to be enjoyed before returning to our rooms in Shoreditch.
For families who have a love of animals, the London Zoo is just a five-minute stroll to the north of the park and has a whole host of exotic animal residents just waiting to meet you. From the highly entertaining monkey enclosure to the majestic lions, this zoo is a popular attraction for visitors as there is so much to see and experience. Head out from the M by Montcalm early so you can get your fill of the latest artwork before heading to the zoo for some family-friendly fun.
If you’ve enjoyed a good breakfast at our rooms in Shoreditch and still have plenty of energy left after a visit to the Frieze Sculpture Park, then why not pop over to Primrose Hill to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city that the area has to offer?
Just a 10-minute walk from Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is frequented by locals and visitors to London who want to catch a glimpse of the bustling city from a distance so they can truly appreciate the view and capture a few photos to show the folks back home.
If you’d rather not stray too far from the park, a leisurely stroll back through the park to the Tube station will reveal the astounding numbers of wild birds and other small mammals such as hedgehogs and squirrels that call the park home. Why not challenge the family to see how many different species you can spot as you explore the park and everything it has to offer once you’ve experienced this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park for yourself?