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Talks and Events

For every exhibition we organise a wide variety of events that offer you a chance to get closer to the art we show and be involved in the life of the Gallery.

Early booking through Eventbrite is advised to guarantee your place. Our talks are live streamed. Find us on Periscope @fruitmarket


Artists’ Talk
Sat 4 Mar, 5–6pm. Free.
Mark Wallinger in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

MARK WALLINGER MARK: Exhibition Preview
Sat 4 Mar, 6.30–8.30pm. Free. All welcome.

Twilight Event for Further Education College Tutors
Thu 16 Mar, 6–7pm. Free.
All Further Education lecturers teaching art and design courses are welcome to join us for a glass of wine and a tour of MARK WALLINGER MARK, exploring the exhibition as a unique learning resource.

Laptop Lounge

Sat 18 Mar, 7–11pm. Free.
A bar night dedicated to the spectrum of electronica, showcasing local artists, live acts, DJs and VJs.

TALK TRACK TALK: Travelling Study Day
Thu 27 Apr, 11.30am–6.30pm,
£12 (covers cost of train ticket). Packed lunches available from MILK Café, £8.50
A study day taking in both parts of the exhibition. Includes talks at The Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts by Directors Fiona Bradley and Beth Bate, and invited speakers

David Hopkins and Anouchka Grose, with directed discussion on the train between venues. Book the whole day including transport for £12 by phoning the bookshop on 0131 226 8182, or you can attend the talks at The Fruitmarket Gallery 11.30am–12.30pm for free. Book via Eventbrite.

Creative Mornings: On the Global Theme of Beyond
Fri 28 Apr, 8.30–10am. Free. Register at
Creative Mornings is a monthly morning lecture series where 154 cities around the world host a simultaneous event on a shared theme. Join your local creative community for inspiration, conversation and a light breakfast.

Creative & Corporate Love: Growing Pain & Pleasure
Wed 17 May, 6.30–9pm, £10 (CE members free). Register at
Creative Edinburgh’s regular event brings the creative and corporate communities together in order to spark a variety of new working partnerships and opportunities.

Blowing Their Own Horns
Thu 25 May, 6.30–7.30pm, £5 (students £4).
The collection of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Edinburgh University includes some curious instruments named after their self-aggrandising inventors. We’ve invited musicians to echo Mark Wallinger’s exploration of ego by giving these show-offs a chance to be played.

Director’s Talk
Wed 31 May, 6–7pm. Free.
A chance to hear Fiona Bradley talk informally about the exhibition.

Ambient Audiences: Sonic Structures
Fri 2 Jun, 6.30–8.30pm. Free.
Live electronics, sound design, creative music practice and digital composition selected by Edinburgh College of Art’s Jules Rawlinson, featuring staff and postgraduate students from The Reid School of Music. Bar and exhibition open.


Book Group

The Fruitmarket Gallery Book Group meets every month in the café to chat about a book over coffee, cake or brunch. Bring yourself, the book and your thoughts.

We meet on the first Sunday of the month in the café to chat about a book over coffee, cake or brunch. Bring yourself, the book and your thoughts. Book in via our website so we know you are coming.

Sun 5 March
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques

Sun 2 April
You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity by Susan Greenfield

Sun 7 May
A Fortunate Man by John Berger

Sun 4 June
The Funeral Party by Ludmila Ulitskaya

Get 10% off the above titles in the Bookshop, just quote Book Group at the till. For ages 16+

Tours and group visits

To welcome as many visitors to our exhibition as possible, we organise regular informal tours led by artists and other specialists, and open to everyone.

Saturday Tours
Every Saturday, 2–2.30pm. Free.
Drop in for an informal tour of the exhibition with one of our Information Assistants.

Sense of Place: Art Guided Tour for Disabled Access Day
Sat 11 Mar, 10am–2pm. Free. 12 places.
This Disabled Access Day join us for a descriptive tour with artist Juliana Capes. Starting at the Dovecot, moving on to Talbot Rice Gallery and Stills and ending up at The Fruitmarket Gallery for lunch. Book through the Dovecot. P 0131 550 3660 E

Career-long Professional Learning for Teachers
Tues 21 Mar 4–6pm. Suitable for Level 2 – Level 4, Primary and Secondary. Free.
Join us for a combined focus on CfE Literacy, Expressive Art & Design, Creativity Skills and critical/analytical skills in a session led by Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning at DCA, Dundee. A portable FM hearing loop is available at all talks and events. Contact us before the event to book in advance.

Group visits

We are happy to provide a short welcome and introduction to the exhibition for pre-booked groups from schools, universities,youth and community groups. Booking is essential P 0131 225 2383 E


For young people

Fresh Fruit is our programme of workshops inspired by each exhibition, designed with and for young people. 

Art Workshop Training for 16–25 year olds
Fri 10 Mar, 6–8pm. Free. 8 places.
Be trained by artist Louise Fraser to lead workshops. Learn how to plan and deliver arts and discussion-based activities inspired by our exhibitions, with the opportunity to be supported to put your skills into practice to deliver workshops on the second Sundays of the month.

Fresh Fruit Trip to Tramway
Wed 22 Mar, 2–9pm. Free. 8 places.
Come to Glasgow with us to visit Claire Barclay’s exhibition and meet the Tramway’s youth arts group, The Nett Effect.

Fresh Fruit Trip to DCA
Sat 25 Mar, 11am–5pm. Free. 8 places.
Come with us to visit the other part of MARK WALLINGER MARK at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Fresh Fruit Social for 16–25 year olds
Thu 6 Apr, 6–8pm. Free. 8 places.
If you want to be involved in Fresh Fruit, whether planning, delivering or simply attending workshops and events, do come along to this informal social evening. Booking essential

Workshops are social and informal and include discussion and collaborative working to make work leading to a group exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery. No previous art experience necessary.

Supported by The Robertson Trust

Am I Me? Film Project
Workshops: Thursday 20 & 27 April, 4 & 11 May, 6–8pm. Free. 12 places for ages 16–25
Led by professional filmmaker Brian Ross, this film project will explore the theme of cultural identity. Participants will work together on storyboarding, filming and editing a short film to be screened at The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Access to Industry: Young People’s Film Project
This free film project is open to 8 young people who are not currently in education, training or employment. In this practical film workshop participants will explore issues of personal identity and generate ideas for Edinburgh City Vision 2050. The project will be delivered by Screen Education Edinburgh and held at Access to Industry in Edinburgh city centre from March to June 2017. For more information contact Tracy Morgan, Learning Programme Manager. P 0131 226 8186 E

For children and families

Art Workshop Training for 11–15 year olds
Second Sundays of the month:
12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Explore MARK WALLINGER MARK in creative workshops using a variety of techniques, led by trained young people and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.

For children and families

Performance for 4–10 year olds

Experts in Short Trousers: Performance by Cultured Mongrel
Sat 1 Apr, 10–11am. 20 places. £10 per child.

Physical dance theatre company Cultured Mongrel bring their new production to The Fruitmarket Gallery. Experts In Short Trousers is an intergalactic adventure for all the family, exploring new territories in theatre and celebrating the knowledge and skills of young children. Come along and join in!

Literary Littles
Our fun book group for children aged 2–9 continues. Join us for a Saturday morning of readings followed by craft activities

Kate McLelland: Scottish Weather and Scottish Opposites
Sat 18 Mar, 10–11am. For ages 2–5.

Lesley Barnes: Jill & Lion
Sat 8 Apr, 10–11am. For ages 2–8.