Spartacus Chetwynd



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We take a surreal trip into the dressing up box of the British Artist in advance of the Frieze Art Fair

© Marius Hansen

‘Seal, seal, dress, dress, dress, fire.’ Spartacus Chetwynd is doing a quick costume check before she and her accompanying gang of five get into their gear for our Time Out art issue cover shoot. Also in Chetwynd’s dressing-up bag are multicoloured face paints, gold leaf, long lengths of wig hair, a latex frog, a large pink salamander and two big beanbags; when tied on with tape these last two items give the surreal seal characters their big bellies. All of these are put on in an atmosphere of fun that feels more like getting ready for a fancy-dress party than preparing for a performance at London’s biggest annual art event.

Interview: Helen Sumpter

Spartacus Chetwynd at Frieze Art Fair 2010

  • Frieze Art Fair 2010

    Critics' choice Until Sun Oct 17, Regent's Park

    Spartacus Chetwynd’s ‘A Tax Haven Run by Women (In the Style of a Luna Park Game Show)’ will be performed once a day during Frieze ...

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Does anyone know what time Spartacus Chetwynd will be performing? Am planning on going tomorrow and would really like to see her performance. She sounds so cool and wacky!