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Frieze Frame - an autumn of visual arts
Hello Culture Diary friends,
Tudor Ball by Lars Fisk, Frieze Sculpture 2019 / Image: Frieze
Frieze London this year marks the 17th edition of the annual art fair and will truly bring the world of visual arts together in one place on 3-6 October. It welcomes more than 160 galleries from 35 countries, a record in international participation since its inception in 2003. This includes new gallery additions from Seoul, Singapore and São Paulo, while artists from New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo will all display their forward-thinking works.
Frieze London shows how the art world embraces the spirit of international collaboration while honouring the world-leading work of the UK. With Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters taking place in Regent's Park at the same time, this coming weekend of exhibitions, talks and curated programmes opens two months of visual arts highlights throughout the country and overseas. Check the Culture Diary (and our Editor's Picks below) for more in the world of static and moving image, sculpture and immersive art.

We also want more of your visual art tours, events and exhibitions, especially if you travel internationally. We can help promote your work to government and international audiences. Upload it to the website, and let us know your plans at
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Apply for SXSW Art Programme 2020 before 11 October
Artist Ronen Sharabani stands with his SXSW Art Program installation, Conductors and Resistance, at SXSW 2018 / Image: Aaron Rogosin
The SXSW Art Programme – part of SXSW 2020 in Austin, Texas taking place on 13-21 March – brings the opportunity for visual artists at the intersection of art and technology, or working on an experience through immersion or social engagement, to display their work and enhance the festival landscape for delegates. The final deadline to apply and submit your concept or work is 11 October 2019.
Read more and apply on the Culture Diary
BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express
The Personal History of David Copperfield, premiering at London Film Festival 2019 / Image: BFI 
The BFI London Film Festival 2019, its 63rd edition, will have hundreds of leading filmmakers in attendance, 345 films on show, and dozens of events to choose from.

British film is heavily represented with the premiere of Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield opening the festival, the Mayor of London's Gala The Aeronauts starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, Michael WInterbottom's Greed (starring Steve Coogan), and Billie Piper's directorial debut, Rare Beasts. There are plenty of international premieres and showcases too from Jojo Rabbit and Knives Out to The Painted Bird and Desrances, alongside talks with filmmakers and actors, and even an immersive showcase. See the full programme here. Watch the festival trailer by clicking the image of Dev Patel in ...David Copperfield above.

This won't be all on film buffs' horizons this autumn as the London Korean Film Festival takes place early November. See more on that next month.
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Culture Diary wants your best imagery to promote UK culture worldwide
As we prepare for 2020 and 2021, we would love for you to help us refresh our image library. We use copyright-free images, donated by you, to:
  • display prominently in our annual desktop calendar, delivered to the sector and government via mail and at industry events
  • on social media promoting your work
images can also be branded with the GREAT Britain Campaign logo and your work, company or institution could be displayed across the world at events, UK embassies and at other government activity.

We want to help promote you and your work in its best light, and exquisite imagery is key to making sure you make an impact when we promote arts and culture internationally. 

Please email with links to hi-res, copyright-free imagery. Ideally, we need images that can be used as follows: 
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Editor's picks: Visual Arts and Film

BFI London Film Festival

2-13 October 2019
London, UK


Turner Prize Exhibition

Now-12 January 2020
Margate, UK

Turner Contemporary

Jerwood Lates: Frieze Edition

4 October 2019
London, UK

Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Place I Call Home

Now until 23 March 2020
Gulf and UK


Play Rebellion

12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
Newcastle, UK

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

London Korean Film Festival

1-14 November 2019
London, UK

London Korean Film Festival

Industry Opportunities

Opportunity in Bulgaria for theatremaker
Radar Sofia and Drama Pact are offering one playwright / dramaturge / performer / theatremaker to stay in Sofia and meet local theatre operators for future projects and collaborations. More information here.
Apply before 15 October 2019
Call for submissions to digital exhibition in Hong Kong
The curators of digital exhibition Collate are asking for submissions of illustrations and typography from the UK and Hong Kong for the display taking place during Business of Design Week on 2-7 December. Read and apply.
Apply before 19 November 2019
News from our Strategic Partners
GREAT Britain Campaign
GREAT celebrated its eighth birthday on 21 September 2019 - eight years of promoting everything UK and helping to increase creative and cultural export overseas. Here's to eight more years!
Arts Council England
Arts Council England has announced it will once again support Independent Venue Week, its sixth year of funding through ACE with National Lottery Project Grant Funding. Read more.
British Council
In celebration of the European Day of Languages on September 26, the British Council asked its offices to write a list of its favourite British loan words. Read more.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Helen Whately is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, joining DCMS on 10 September 2019. Helen is also Deputy Chairwoman of the Conservative Party and MP for Faversham and Mid Kent. Read more.
Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade is encouraging music, film and tech professionals to register their interest in attending SXSW 2020 in March. Read more and register here.
VisitBritain's funding for 20/21 has been confirmed. As well as an inflationary increase in line with other arms-length bodies, they also receive £5.45 for the Discover England fund to help competitiveness in tourism. Read more.
Mayor of London
The Mayor of London has chosen Walthamstow as the first Night-Time Enterprise Zone for its pilot taking place Oct–Jan, and will seek to open up new opportunities for the night time economy in the area. Read more.
News from the North
Arts Council England has published a report detailing the economic value of arts and culture, from 2016, which includes £2.7 billion in turnover and over 16,700 people employed. Read more here
Industry News
Creative England and CIF join forces
Creative Industries Federation and Creative England are becoming one organisation, which will be launched in spring 2020.
Read more on the Culture Diary
A century of Korean film at London Fest
The 14th edition of the London Korean Film Festival takes place on 1-14 November with a lineup that will explore 100 years of Korean cinema.
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Story of innovation via museum loans
The Science Museum's  major new exhibition on innovation takes loans from National Gallery, National Museums Scotland, Tate & V&A,  
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V&A collection inspired photo show
Ambitious photographer Tim Walker has scoured the contents of the V&A's collection for his latest exhibition, Wonderful Things.
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First British comedy Emmy for 'Fleabag'
'Fleabag' has earned its creator the first ever Best Comedy Show Emmy win  for a British show. She joins a number of 2019 UK winners. 
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Museum of Youth Culture funded
The Museum of Youth Culture (by Culture Diary member Youth Group) has teamed with Google Arts & Culture to open its vast archive. 
Read more on the Culture Diary

Welcome new organisations to the Diary

Welcome to the 5 new organisations on the Culture Diary since last month. A selection of them is featured below. Keep reading the Culture Diary to see events and stories from our new users.
Foundation for FutureLondon
The Foundation for FutureLondon is strengthening the connections between the communities of East London and East Bank by raising finance, creating programmes and funding projects that build opportunities through arts, education and employment. 
Ticket Bank
Ticket Bank works with a range of venues and events organisers to support the access of disadvantaged and marginalised individuals to cultural events across the UK. 
Quite Great PR
Quite Great is a PR and Marketing Company with clients ranging from music, to publishing, to film. and prides themselves on innovation.
International Watercolour Masters
The world’s most elite and celebrated contemporary watercolour Masters come to England for an historic exhibition at Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire.

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