The Fruitmarket Gallery shows the work of some of the world’s most important Scottish and international artists and helps people engage with it in a way that is meaningful to them – for free.
We are committed to making contemporary art accessible without compromising art or under-estimating audiences. We aim to bring artists and audiences together, recognising that art can change lives and offering an intimate encounter with art.
We make exhibitions, commissions and publications directly in collaboration with artists. We celebrate new thinking, and offer an international platform for artists, curators and writers, whether they have made their reputation here or abroad.
The Fruitmarket Gallery welcomes all audiences. We make it easy for everyone to engage with art, encouraging questions and supporting debate.
Originally built as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938, The Fruitmarket Gallery has been operating as a space for presenting art since 1974. Under the creative directorship of Fiona Bradley, since 2003 the Gallery has presented solo exhibitions of work by artists as internationally significant as Louise Bourgeois, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Martin Creed, Willie Doherty, Eva Hesse, Gabriel Orozco, Dieter Roth, Fred Sandback, Roman Signer and Fred Tomaselli. We have also created high profile opportunities for artists who have developed their practice in Scotland: Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Nathan Coley, Louise Hopkins, Callum Innes, Toby Paterson, Lucy Skaer and Tony Swain, ensuring an international platform for home grown talent.
The Fruitmarket Gallery’s curatorial influence extends outside the Gallery. In 2011, we curated Scotland’s pavilion for the Venice Biennale, presenting the work of Karla Black in an exhibition that was recommended as a highlight of the Biennale on the front page of the New York Times. We also commission public art, notably Martin Creed’s Work No. 1059on Edinburgh’s historic but hitherto dilapidated Scotsman Steps, in a programme of strategic commissions that aims to improve the fabric as well as the culture of Edinburgh.