The Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery The Fruitmarket Gallery has been home to some of the most important contemporary art and cultural thinking for over 40 years. The Fruitmarket Gallery has been a key part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape since 1974.
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Currently closed for redevelopment, we are getting ready to open our doors to the public on 07.07.21. Turner prize nominated artist Karla Black’s work will span both the exhibition galleries and the new warehouse space when we reopen. The Fruitmarket curated Black’s solo presentation for Scotland in Venice at the 54th International Biennale in 2011 but has yet to work with her in Scotland and this exhibition is the result of an invitation to Black to play to her strengths and “force a raw creative moment” into the Fruitmarket’s pristine new gallery spaces. The redevelopment brings more space for art; a new space for cross artform collaborations; better facilities for all; and a new learning studio. The Fruitmarket was originally due to reopen in summer 2020, but the coronavirus crisis seriously challenged both the timing and finances of the project. We have been heartened and inspired by the generosity of our supporters who have helped us to hit our fundraising target. Over the past six years, we have raised a total of £4.3 million from an exceptional group of people and organisations who believed in us and in our vision. Their support has ensured that the Fruitmarket can continue to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture for decades to come.

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We are excited to announce that we will reopen our doors on 7 July with an exhibition of the work of Karla Black spannin...
22/04/2021

We are excited to announce that we will reopen our doors on 7 July with an exhibition of the work of Karla Black spanning both the exhibition galleries and the new space we have opened up in the warehouse next door. We curated Black’s solo presentation for Scotland in Venice at the 54th International Biennale in 2011 but have yet to work with her in Scotland. This exhibition is the continuation of that successful collaboration, and is the result of an invitation to Black to think with us about the changing building and “force a raw creative moment” into the Fruitmarket’s pristine new spaces.

Originally due to reopen in Summer 2020, the coronavirus crisis challenged both the timing and finances of the project. We have been heartened and inspired by the continued generosity of our supporters, and are overjoyed to report that we have successfully hit our fundraising target for the project. Over the past six years, we have raised a total of £4.3 million from an exceptional group of people and organisations who believe in us and in our vision. A very, very big thank you to everyone who has supported us: you have helped to ensure that the well-loved but well-worn Fruitmarket can reopen this summer with more space for art; a new space for cross artform collaborations; a new learning studio; and better facilities for all. A bold, collaborative cultural space relevant for today’s artists and audiences.

We can’t wait to welcome you to look at Karla’s work and at the new Fruitmarket. We’ve missed you!

The Fruitmarket building was built in the 1930s, home to Market Street greengrocers Rankins and Lindsay who used the bui...
09/04/2021

The Fruitmarket building was built in the 1930s, home to Market Street greengrocers Rankins and Lindsay who used the building to store and sell fruit. From then on Market Street became a gathering place for the city, and for the last 47 years it has been home to the Fruitmarket and some of the most important contemporary art and cultural thinking. In the last year, Market Street has been the quietest it’s ever been, which makes us even more excited to be coming back soon. We are so looking forward to gathering again ­– with all safety measures in place – and to thinking with art and with you in the new Fruitmarket this summer.

More to come soon! Keep an eye out on our channels for news and updates on our re-opening plans and programmes and visit our Gift Registry for a last chance to be part of our future. https://fruitmarketgallery.myshopify.com

Join us on Thursday 1 April as Helen Douglas introduces her new artist book edition. ‘Set in the time of Covid’ its titl...
22/03/2021

Join us on Thursday 1 April as Helen Douglas introduces her new artist book edition. ‘Set in the time of Covid’ its title SETTING, points to the physical setting of the book within the lockdown location of her home at Deuchar Mill in Yarrow. Yet mostly it’s a look upwards, opening to ‘the trees, the sky and all that settled within and flew overhead’. In closely observed rhythms the narrative moves through 432 pages of beautifully composed and printed images, sequenced to the turning pages of the book.

Always adaptive to new media, Douglas will present the work in this online event, sharing behind-the-scenes processes from the book’s making, in conversation with Fruitmarket’s Iain Morrison.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-helen-douglas-setting-tickets-146557911659

Join us on Thursday 1 April as Helen Douglas introduces her new artist book edition. ‘Set in the time of Covid’ its title SETTING, points to the physical setting of the book within the lockdown location of her home at Deuchar Mill in Yarrow. Yet mostly it’s a look upwards, opening to ‘the trees, the sky and all that settled within and flew overhead’. In closely observed rhythms the narrative moves through 432 pages of beautifully composed and printed images, sequenced to the turning pages of the book.

Always adaptive to new media, Douglas will present the work in this online event, sharing behind-the-scenes processes from the book’s making, in conversation with Fruitmarket’s Iain Morrison.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-helen-douglas-setting-tickets-146557911659

11/03/2021

Bookmarket is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who supported us by shopping at Bookmarket. It was such a fun endeavour that enabled us to continue bringing you events like our collaboratively produced EAMIF and HIV Scotland event Sing and Fight! Activist Musicals on World AIDS day. We also were able to present a restaging of our commission, Janet Cardiff and George’s Bures Miller’s Night Walk. We produced workshops like Fresh Fruit, and showed installations like Pip Thornton’s ‘Arcadia’ all while we renovated our building.

We were also delighted to have won the Creative Commerce award from The Association of Cultural Enterprises for how we created an experiential retail environment alongside our programme in Bookmarket.

We are so glad we could continue to offer you part of The Fruitmarket gallery during our renovation. This past year has brought a lot of unforeseen difficulty, that meant we and lots of other shops had to stay shut to keep people safe, so we weren’t able to present you everything we wanted to show you, but it was nice to see new and familiar faces when we were open! We look forward to seeing you at our newly renovated gallery when we reopen!

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We are looking for a Café Manager and a Chef.We will be reopening after a major redevelopment project with more space fo...
27/02/2021

We are looking for a Café Manager and a Chef.

We will be reopening after a major redevelopment project with more space for art, a new space for cross artform collaborations, a new learning studio and improved café facilities. The café is being brought under direct management of the Fruitmarket for the first time, so we are looking for an experienced café manager to create and fulfil a vision for the food and beverage offer while managing the day-to-day operations of the café and an experienced chef to head up the kitchen operation.

Do you have what it takes? Know someone that does? Please share.

All details on how to apply can be found in this link.

https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/recruitment/

We are excited to announce that we are a partner of ‘The Great Big Art Exhibition’, led by Firstsite Colchester and supp...
03/02/2021

We are excited to announce that we are a partner of ‘The Great Big Art Exhibition’, led by Firstsite Colchester and supported by the Plus Tate Network and Arts Council England.

Whether you are a professional artist, enthusiast, dabbler or complete first-timer, you can help unleash art, expression and creativity across the UK by creating your own artwork and sharing.

Download the activity pack to find out how to get involved, with inspiration from brilliant artists including Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Gander, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Tai Shani, and David Shrigley, as well as inspirational artworks from major UK collections including the Ashmolean, the British Museum, The Courtauld, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, The National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Academy and V&A.

Everybody is invited to take part, so join in to make this the largest exhibition ever staged!

www.firstsite.uk #thegreatbigartexhibition2021

We are super grateful to our colleague Ruth for all her work in making our archive available to us. It feels so right to...
29/01/2021

We are super grateful to our colleague Ruth for all her work in making our archive available to us. It feels so right to look backwards and reflect while the building is closed and we are working from home thinking forward into the future for our renewed spaces - when the building is finished and we can gather again.

These are photos from a 1989 performance in an exhibition of work by Marie-Jo Lafontaine. We don’t have any record of the performance or who the dancers are and would love to know more. Wondering if any of the dance community in Scotland might be able to reveal anything? Our curiosity is piqued!

21/12/2020
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: 12 Days of Giving

Today’s festive message is all the way from Canada from the brilliant Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. We have history with Janet and George, in 2008 we showed six installations in their exhibition The House of Books Has No Windows, one of our most popular exhibitions ever, viewers were enticed into six new worlds. They fell for Edinburgh when they visited and agreed to make a walk with us. Roll on a few years and we presented Night Walk for Edinburgh at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival with a Keynote Lecture at Edinburgh Art Festival opening weekend.

Night Walk for Edinburgh is now available to download for free, so why not do the walk in Edinburgh over the Festive Season, or if that’s not possible, you can download and watch it at home.
https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/exhibitions/night-walk-for-edinburgh/

So, we asked Janet and George, as part of our 12 Days of Giving Campaign what gift they would like to give the Fruitmarket and why. I am sure our Gallery Manager Jamie would love George’s first suggestion... but a massive thank you because now we can all make George’s Mum’s cookies – recipe below. Please bake and share your cookies #alixescookies

Alixes Choc Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 pack chocolate chips

Make rolls in parchment paper and put in the freezer for approx. 20 mins then cut slices. Bake at 350F (Gas Mark 6) for 10–12 minutes

You can donate to our Open Out Campaign through our Gift Registry by buying us a virtual ‘gift’ – from coat hooks for the new learning studio or bricks in the warehouse space, to a shelf in the Bookshop or a table for our new café. Be part of the Fruitmarket’s future by making a donation today.

https://fruitmarketgallery.myshopify.com

Thank you! � �We look forward to welcoming you to the new Fruitmarket in 2021.Merry Christmas one and all!

#helpusopenout #12DaysofGiving

20/12/2020
Emma Hart: 12 Days of Giving

We so enjoyed receiving videos and images for our 12 Days of Giving Campaign from artists, practitioners and friends, but somehow it seemed too early in the month for this one sent in by artist, Emma Hart. But now with Christmas rapidly approaching and we look to celebrate it in whatever form Covid allows, let’s hear from Emma on what present she would like to gift us and why.

Emma Hart lives and works in London. In 2016 she won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. In 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art. In 2022, Hart will realise her first permanent sculpture for the public entrance of the UCL East, Pool Street West building, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Her exhibition BANGER was shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery in 2018.

You can donate to our Open Out Campaign through our Gift Registry by buy us a virtual ‘gift’ – from coat hooks for the new learning studio or bricks in the warehouse space, to a shelf in the Bookshop or a table for our new café. Be part of the Fruitmarket’s future by making a donation today.

https://fruitmarketgallery.myshopify.com

Thank you! 
 
We look forward to welcoming you to the new Fruitmarket in 2021. #helpusopenout

17/12/2020
Time Travel Project

Time Travel is a partnership project with The Fruitmarket Gallery, WHALE Arts, Screen Education Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Festival, working alongside young people aged 8 – 12 from Wester Hailes and Sighthill. Filmmaker Paul Sng and Trainee Tana Gambura, delivered a filmmaking project working with thirteen young people, enabling them to learn camera techniques, sound recording, storytelling and editing. The project explored the theme ‘time travel’, whilst engaging young people in the history of their community, which was built to relocate people from Edinburgh’s Old Town to a new estate on the outskirts of the city in the late 1970’s.

Time Travel worked with participants over an extended period of time delivering hands-on filmmaking sessions. The first phase of the project took place from November 2019 to March 2020 and involved practical sessions including: an introduction to film and storytelling; how to set up and use the film and sound recording equipment; exploring different shot sizes and their uses within film; framing techniques and editing. Night Walk for Edinburgh was the initial inspiration for the project and The Fruitmarket Gallery provided free mini bus transport for the young people and WHALE Arts Youth Workers to experience the walk, which was the first time some of the participants had experienced Edinburgh’s Old Town. In March 2020 the project was postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK lockdown. The second part of the project was delivered from September to November 2020 on Zoom.

The film sessions enabled the young people to come up with their own ideas, develop their story, cast themselves in roles (both behind and in front of the camera) and make a short film. Filmmaking projects like this can provide participants with a fantastic opportunity to build self-confidence, learn new skills and gain knowledge through fun, hands on experience.

In October 2019 the Fruitmarket openly advertised a paid part-time training opportunity to work on the Time Travel Project alongside a professional filmmaker, a youth worker and young people aged 8 -12 years old from WHALE Arts.

Tanatsei Gambura was appointed as the trainee in November 2019 and worked on the Time Travel project alongside professional filmmaker Paul Sng from November 2019 to November 2020. Tana brought with her previous experience of planning and implementing projects at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and managing events at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe. She is currently in second year studying for a BA Honours in Intermedia at Edinburgh College of Art.

Watch This Space

When thinking of how things once were
Or what they might become
It’s worth reflecting for a while
On what the Old World meant for some

One small step back to seize the time
To Plan. To Hope. To Dream.
Both standing still whilst moving on
Towards where better days belong

Dark sunsets may well turn to gold
Where colours shine through black & white
A future, bright, and fresh, and bold
Carved out of where belief comes from

And Giant Steps are what we’ll take
When things are looking up again
Embracing all that life can bring
Just Watch This Space

Eoghan Howard,
Poet living in Wester Hailes


The Time Travel Project was generously supported by @Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Children's Lottery, The Nimar Trust, M&G Prudential, Schuh Trust, The William Grant Foundation, Baillie Gifford & Co, and Creative Scotland.

15/12/2020
Making Memories

Making Memories is a partnership project between The Fruitmarket Gallery and The Crannie, a new community space managed by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust and @Edinburgh International Festival. The project delivered monthly creative workshops with older people with the aim of using objects, stories, videos and photographs to trigger memories of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Fruitmarket’s Community Engagement Manager, Tracy Morgan and The Crannie’s Community Worker, Mo Innes worked with participants over the course of a year to build trust and develop participants’ confidence, enabling them to tell their own unique stories.

The first phase of this project was delivered from October 2019 to March 2020 and involved: supporting members of The Crannie staff team to take part in Night Walk for Edinburgh; discussing participants’ personal memories of Edinburgh’s Old Town; screening an accessible version of Night Walk for Edinburgh; and a trip to Edinburgh People’s Story Museum. In March 2020 the project was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and UK lockdown. In September 2020 we restarted in a Covid safe manner. The second phase mostly took place on Zoom from September to December 2020 and involved: participants recalling their personal experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic; a portrait photography session; sharing old photographs; and writing poems about childhood.

Making Memories provided an opportunity for The Fruitmarket Gallery and The Crannie to collaborate to develop a person-centred approach to reminiscence arts and celebrate older people’s vital contribution to the cultural and creative life of Scotland. The project was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, however by working together we have found creative, innovative and inclusive ways of working with older people in response to the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Fruitmarket Gallery programmes exhibitions with the best Scottish and International artists and enriches these with a wide variety of cultural and educational events. The Gallery has been a key part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape since 1974. It is currently closed for a major refurbishment and extension, which has provided a unique opportunity for the engagement team to work in new and exciting ways.

The community engagement programme took inspiration from Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s commissioned public artwork Night Walk for Edinburgh, premiered during the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. Night Walk for Edinburgh is an immersive and performative 50 minute film that takes you on a walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town with headphones and a mobile device. Following Janet Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, participants are led through the backstreets of the Old Town, unravelling a disjointed tale, layered with history and memories, conjuring a parallel Edinburgh that engages all of the senses.

Making Memories Partners
The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Crannie
Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust
Edinburgh International Festival

Funders
Edinburgh International Festival
Baillie Gifford & Co
William Grant Foundation
Nimar Trust
Creative Scotland

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The Fruitmarket Gallery programmes exhibitions with the best Scottish and International artists and enriches these with a wide variety of cultural and educational events. We are committed to making contemporary art accessible without under-estimating audiences or compromising art or the ideas it enacts. We create a welcoming space for people to think with art in ways that are meaningful to them – for free.

Our exhibitions, publications and events aim to show thinking happening, to demonstrate that art is a creative, active and generous cultural force, to resonate with visitors and to create an enriching, challenging context for an audience’s own ideas.

We believe that engaging with art in this way is enjoyable, leads to an improved quality of life, and revitalises our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as part of society.

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