Eagle-eyed arty types may have observed that the week-long Frieze Art Show frenzy is in full champagne-clinking swing. The good news is that its accompanying sculpture park is free, so the impecunious can still gawp at the work of twenty exhibitors, including Martin Creed, Yayoi Kusama and Franz West.
But if you’ve done that and don’t fancy paying over £30 for entry into the show itself, why not support some local galleries instead, many of which have extended opening hours this weekend?
As ever, leading the charge is the cavernous Zabludowicz Collection. A new show by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin opened earlier this month, exploring the impact of technology on communication and identity. But fear not, it’s not half as dry as it sounds: the whole gallery has been turned into a unified space through the application of “an internal skin” of paint and carpet, and visitors enter a sealed environment. The showpiece? Four movies screened in sculptural theatres, including CENTER JENNY (pictured), set in a post-human future. Prince Of Wales Road, open till 7pm tonight and 11-6pm all weekend. Show runs until Dec 21.
Further south at the DRAF, a rather excellent freebie takes place tonight (Thurs 16 Oct, 7-10 pm). The gallery becomes a live venue with performances from Quinn Latimer and Megan Rooney, Joe Moran, planningtorock, Sarah Lucas, and Eloise Hawser. Free entry will be on a first come first served basis. From 7pm at 13-15 Camden High Street NW1.
Meanwhile, up at Flaxon Ptootch (237 Kentish Town Road NW5), graphic illustrator Victoria Scott is exhibiting prints and collages with painter Hannah Pratt for their show Geometric Psychedelic (until Oct 31). A skip away, the Beardsmore Gallery (22-24 Prince of Wales Road NW5) sees Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami’s paintings inspired by black African footballers.
And finally, at Rowing Projects, just east of Kentish Town tube, are twenty two works by nine artists using the 1988 US black comedy Heathers as a starting point (see above, 3 Leighton Place NW5, open 12-6pm, daily, until Oct 25).
Phew. You’ll need a decent pint after all that – perhaps from the nearby Rose and Crown, the newish boozy kid on the block.