Limited-edition Idris Khan protective face mask
This sustainably produced limited-edition face mask and case have been designed in partnership with artist Idris Khan for the inaugural edition of the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship. The fellowship aims to address racial disparities in the visual arts sector by providing a UK-based emerging Black or POC curator with a 12-18 month paid placement in the arts.
The artwork on the signed face mask and case was created by Khan during the COVID-19 lockdown using layers of blue watercoloured sheet music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and is titled Time Past, Time Present (2020). Inspired by the vivid colours of nature changing intensely, Khan attempts to capture the passing of time through colour and musical marks.
Each face mask also comes with a custom designed matching case to keep it safe and both are made from sustainably sourced cotton and linen produced with as minimal environmental impact as possible.
Help support diversity in the arts by purchasing a face mask. 100% of sales proceeds benefit the fellowship.
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Masks shown on artists Idris Khan and Annie Morris. Images © Idris Khan
The Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship is a new programme that helps UK-based emerging Black or POC curators to develop their practice within a renowned public institution through paid placements. The initiative is a collaborative project, bringing together artists and organisations across the non-profit and private sector to increase accessibility, representation and social mobility within the arts.
The inaugural 2020 fellowship will be realised in partnership with Chisenhale Gallery, who have a well-established track record of providing high-quality training and professional development to emerging curators. The fellow will be based at the gallery and gain significant experience across a range of different areas pertaining to Chisenhale Gallery’s ongoing exhibitions and education programme. Upon completing the fellowship, the fellow will have access to additional mentoring sessions with members of the senior Frieze team.
The second fellowship will be realised in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.
The fellowship will be supported by proceeds from the sale of a protective face mask designed by celebrated British artist Idris Khan. A fund has been set to support the annual fellowship and cover the fellows' salary, travel, research and professional development.
Chisenhale Gallery is a non-profit organisation that is committed to supporting artists and enabling them to realise their most exciting and inspired visions. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art's mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. 100% of sales proceeds from the face masks and 60% of sales proceeds from the editions (excluding shipping and taxes) and any donations made up to a total of £45,000 will be donated to Chisenhale Gallery Limited, a registered charity (number 1026175). The following £42,500 raised thereafter will be donated to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, a registered charity (number 1076251). Any proceeds and donations collected thereafter will go towards the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship. If you have any queries about the fellowship, the face mask or donations, please click here to view the fellowship FAQs page.
Made from an organic and sustainable 50% cotton and 50% linen blend. This mask is machine washable and reusable - perfect for keeping dust and other pollutants out. Full wear and care instructions detailed below:
1. Always knot the ear loops if necessary to ensure your mask fits smoothly and comfortably across your face.
2. Once the mask is in place you may need to adjust the bendable nose wire for a closer fit.
3. If necessary, pull out pleats to ensure both your nose and mouth are covered.
1. It is recommended that both the mask and case are washed at 90°C.
2. Once washed the mask and nose wire may require some reshaping by hand.
3. Steam ironing the pleats is suggested.
As each face mask has been carefully handmade, there will be slight variations in each design.
Please note that this face mask is for accessory purposes only and should not be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) or a medical device.
Unfortunately, unless this product is faulty, we are unable to accept returns. For hygiene reasons we cannot offer refunds on this face mask if the original seal has been removed.