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ReachOutRCA Hosts Frieze Family Space For Fifth Year

11 October 2012 – The Royal College of Art’s schools and young people's outreach initiative, ReachOutRCA, will lead the Frieze Art Fair’s Family Space and education scheme for a fifth year, aiming to engage children and young people in art.

This year’s activities, which will include wallpaper and pattern making through drawing, painting and digital media, as well as magazine production will take the work of Frieze Projects artist Thomas Bayrle’s extensive use of pattern as a starting point for exploration. Bayrle, a key figure in European pop art and commissioned especially for the fair as part of Frieze Foundation Projects, will present two patterned works along the entrance to the fair and in the public squares using designs originally conceived in 1967.

ReachOutRCA has also created the content for the Frieze Art Fair Family Guide of activities. For younger children there are food-based things to do inspired by curatorial project Grizedale Arts and Yangjiang Group's installation Colisseum of the Consumed – a programme of food-related performance, discussion, representation and retail. Older children will be encouraged to make a mini magazine about the fair, inspired by DIS magazine's Frieze Foundation project.

The Family Space at the Frieze Art Fair has evolved out of the Frieze Art Fair Education Programme, which ReachOutRCA first helped develop in 2008. Previous years have seen RCA alumni lead workshops for up to four London schools in advance of and during the Fair, organising initiatives including a 'young critics' podcast.

The Frieze Art Fair Education Programme is a high profile opportunity for RCA graduates and students to explore the possibilities of a gallery education in a closely-supported environment, according to Vanessa Rolf ReachOutRCA project director.

For the young people involved, many of whom have not visited contemporary art galleries before, it is a chance to make contact with practicing artists and the global art world. Workshops help develop their practical skills and promote critical thinking.

Frieze is one of a number of oganisations that ReachOutRCA works with. Other leading institutions and agencies include the Victoria and Albert museum, Art on the Underground, the Big Draw and the Crafts Council.


The Frieze Art Fair London runs from 11-14 October at Regent’s Park. For further details, click here