For those who have often longed to quiz an artist about the whys, hows and wheretofores of a particular painting, or to discuss with true insiders the art scene’s fascinating cast of characters and glamorous patrons, an exclusive opportunity to do just that presents itself as the art world glitterati descend on London for Frieze. An encounter such as this should bring the experience of visiting an art fair out of the tents, off the walls and into life.
Guests staying at the luxuriously intimate 45 Park Lane hotel between October 10 and 14 as part of its special art week package A Brush with Frieze (£762 for two) can enjoy the fun of the fair in real style. This younger, hipper sister of The Dorchester hotel in Mayfair is offering guests an overnight stay, plus tickets and complimentary return transfers to the art fair (which runs from October 11 to 14), as well as a copy of the new book Art at 45 Park Lane.
In addition, the hotel is also hosting A Brush with the Artist – breakfasts with some of the contemporary creatives whose dynamic work colours the walls of its suites and restaurants – including Bruce McLean and Brad Faine, Martin Fuller, Brendan Neiland and Christian Furr (Damien Hirst works at Cut restaurant in first picture; Cut also in second picture). Cappuccinos and art-inspired chat (£40 for non-guests) will be followed by either a studio visit or a private view of the artists’ work. It’s the perfect opportunity to probe them about their inspiration and methods, and a rare chance to go behind the scenes to get a first-hand understanding of their creative processes.
Engaging with the city as the annual Frieze frenzy comes to town can often seem overwhelming. But this is a way to make it an exciting, smoothly enjoyable and illuminating experience.