Arts agenda: World Summit on Arts and Culture, Fine Art Asia

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Government and cultural leaders from approximately 80 countries will convene in Melbourne in early October for the World Summit on Arts and Culture. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Fine Art Asia will showcase fine art and antiques for buyers and collectors across the globe.

7th Smithsonian Museum Day
September 24
Across the US in participating museums

Smithsonian magazine is sponsoring its 2011 Museum Day, offering two free admissions to more than 1,000 select museums with advance registration. Since the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC offer free admission everyday, this annual event extends the policy to museums across the US.

5th World Summit on Art and Culture
October 3-6
Melbourne, Australia

Government and cultural leaders from approximately 80 countries will convene in Melbourne to “explore how artists can give voice to diverse communities and concerns through collaborations with experts in health and well-being, the environment, education, business, new technologies, cultural identity and more” during the World Summit on Art and Culture. This year’s theme is “Creative Intersections” and over 70 speakers will discuss how art can bring new life to places, people and projects. During the event the location of the 6th World Summit, which will be held in 2014, will be announced.
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7th Fine Art Asia (formally HKIAAF)
October 3-7
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong

The Fine Art Asia fair showcases a combination of fine art and antiques with hidden treasures that will appeal to collectors from all over the world. Leading Hong Kong and international galleries will present their collections at the fair which attracts members of the international art world, antique and art collectors and buyers from across the globe. More than 80 leading dealers will exhibit at this year’s event.

Frieze Art Fair
October 13-16
Regent's Park
London, UK

Frieze Art Fair is an annual event that groups together outstanding artwork from more than 170 contemporary art galleries from across the globe. Over 60,000 visitors come each year to explore the latest trends in contemporary art and to see work made by living artists. The event also includes a rich program of specially commissioned artworks, artist talks, film and performance projects, and artist-led education workshops. In 2012, the co-founders of Frieze will launch two new events, The satellite Frieze New York Fair in Randall’s Island, Manhattan from May 4-7, 2012 and the Frieze Masters which will take place in Regent’s Park, London from October 11-14, 2012.
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2nd Multiplied Contemporary Editions Fair
October 14-17
Christie's, 85 Old Brompton Road
London, UK

Multiplied Art Fair is hosted by renowned art auction house Christie's. It is the only fair in the UK devoted to contemporary art editions in all their forms, including photographs, prints, artist's books and numbered copies of three-dimensional works. Approximately 40 contemporary galleries will participate in the second edition of the fair in 2011, which coincides with the Frieze Art Fair.

October 20-23
Cour Carrée, Louvre Museum & Tuileries Garden / Grand Palais
Paris, France

More than 165 galleries and 2,800 artists will be represented at the 38th edition of FIAC in Paris. This famous contemporary Art Fair showcases the best in modern and contemporary art and is one of the leading launchpads for up-and-coming artists in the world. Artworks are arranged in chronological order and range from electronic arts through painting, sculpture, installations, soundworks and conceptual art. The fair attracts more than 85,000 visitors each year. In 2011, galleries across Paris will present new exhibitions and open their doors from 6 to 10 PM for the FIAC “Night Out” on Thursday, October 20.
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5th Art Elysées

October 20-24
Avenue Des Champs-Elysées
Paris, France

Running concurrently to Paris's prestigious FIAC art fair, the Art Elysées art fair lines the iconic Avenue des Champs-Elysées with modern and contemporary artworks from new and established galleries. Sixty galleries will expose artworks ranging from sculpture, painting, drawing and mixed media in two specially created pavilions. In 2010 more than 38,000 people visited the fair.

Turner Prize 2011 exhibition
October 21, 2011 - January 8, 2012
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead, UK

The often controversial Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British artist under 50 for his or her outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the 12 months preceding April 4, 2011. This year's shortlisted artists are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. For the first time ever works by the shortlisted artists will be shown in a venue that is not part of the Tate museum. Instead the works will be displayed an exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
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9th Art.Fair 21: 21st Century Art

October 29 - November 1
Staatenhaus am Rheinpark
Cologne, Germany

The ninth edition of Art.Fair 21 will house contemporary works of art made by German and international artists born after 1960. Approximately 100 galleries will display paintings, sculptures, photography, performance works and new media in the Fair's expansive 9,500 square meters of exhibition space. In 2010, 32,000 visitors attended Art.Fair 21.,1,2

15th Sculpture by the Sea

November 3-20
Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia

Sculpture by the Sea is an annual exhibition that takes sculptures out of the gallery and onto the beach. Approximately 440,000 art lovers are attracted to the free cultural event where visitors can take a walk along the shore and contemplate over 100 contemporary artworks juxtaposed with Australia's natural surroundings. A virtual tour of the exhibition is available online. Since launching in Sydney, Sculpture by the Sea has expanded to include an annual exhibition at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia (March1-19, 2012) and a biennial exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark (June/July 2013).
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