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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

A portable FM hearing loop is available for all events. Contact us in advance if you would like to use it.

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Edinburgh Art Festival Evening
Thu 27 Jul, 5–7pm. All welcome.

Engage Scotland artWALK: Gallery Educators Networking Event
Tue 15 Aug, 5.30–8pm. Free. 20 places.
Book at
Join artist Andrea Geile on a walk to one of EAF’s public commissions. Afterwards there will be refreshments and the chance to view the exhibition at the Fruitmarket. This Engage Scotland event
is open to members and non-members working in gallery and visual arts education.

Hey! Student! Welcome Reception
Thu 14 Sep, 6–8pm. Book Via Eventbrite
Free – just show us your student card.
A chance for students to meet, have a drink, and find out about us.

Creative & Corporate Love
Wed 20 Sep, 6.30–9pm. (CE members free). Register at
Creative Edinburgh’s regular event bringing the creative and corporate communities together
to spark new working partnerships. The theme this time is City Love.

Panel Discussion: The Potential of Things
Thu 21 Sep, 6–8pm. Free. Book Via Eventbrite
Bar open beforehand. Panel discussion starts 6.30pm.

Art historians Natasha Adamou (Kingston University, London), Alistair Rider (University of St Andrews) and artist David Batchelor consider the relationship between objects and sculpture, obsession, repetition and the grid in the work of Jac Leirner.

Ambient Audiences: Marty Hailey
Fri 22 Sep, 6.30–8.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
The latest of our relaxed electronica gigs. Hailey plays a live set from new project Do I Sleep Now or in the Next Life?

CreativeMornings: Compassion
Fri 29 Sep, 8.30–10am. Free.
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A monthly 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.

Thirty Minute Studio
Thu 5 Oct, 6–9pm. Free. 6 places.
An opportunity for six selected early career artists to present their work. Thirty minutes will be allocated to each participant to set up and present their artwork, deliver a performance or create a short event to test out ideas in the context of the Fruitmarket and in front of an audience of peers. To take part send an A4 proposal to Deadline 18 Sep.

Director’s Talk
Thu 12 Oct, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
A chance to hear the Fruitmarket’s Director Fiona Bradley talk informally about the exhibition.


Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit: For ages 16–25

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

Reuse, Remake, Recycle
Workshops: Sat 8 and Sun 9 Jul, 11am–4pm. Book via Eventbrite
Free. 20 places. Exhibition: Sat 15 Jul, 5–11pm.
In collaboration with The John Byrne Award.
Two days of Fresh Fruit creative workshops led by artists Gemma Coyle and Andrew Gannon. Experiment using recycled, found materials and explore the ideas in Leirner’s work. Participants will co-produce a small-scale exhibition which will be shown alongside live music and performance at the Biscuit Factory.

Art Workshop Training for 16–25 year olds
Thu 3 Aug, 6–8pm. Free. 8 places. Book via Eventbrite
Learn how to plan and deliver arts and discussion- based activities inspired by Fruitmarket exhibitions, with the opportunity to be supported to put your skills into practice to deliver our Art Taster Workshops on the second Sundays of the month.

Fresh Fruit Social for 16–25 year olds
Thu 7 Sep, 6–8pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite
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.


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

Continuing Professional Development Training for Teachers
Thu 31 Aug, 5–6.30pm. Free. 14 places. Book via Eventbrite
Artists Louise Fraser and Jenny Bell Harman will lead a free CPD training session exploring the work of Jac Leirner. Includes a free exhibition poster and Learning Through Exhibitions resource pack, to help teachers explore the exhibition in more depth with their students.

Twilight Tour for Further Education College Tutors
Thu 28 Sep, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Join us for a glass of wine, a tour of our Jac Leirner exhibition and a fun creative workshop using the exhibition as a unique learning resource.

In the Frame Tour
Sat 21 Oct, 12–2pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite
An informal lunch and a descriptive tour of the exhibition. Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of the art and the artist’s practice. We particularly welcome people with disabilities, including visual impairment and hearing loss. Refreshments served.

Children and Families

For children and families

Literary Littles
Free. 15 places.
Our fun book group for children aged 2–7 continues. Join us for a Saturday morning of readings followed by craft activities.

Emily Dodd: Ollie and the Otter
Sat 15 Jul, 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
Lively storyteller Emily will bring to life her illustrations, which include a host of Scottish birds and animals from the Scottish Highlands.

Janice McKay: The Wee Seal
Sat 23 Sep, 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
Set on the Orkney Islands, Janice reads from this beautifully illustrated story about a baby seal and its mother.

Art Early Workshop for 3–7 year olds
Sat 5 Aug, 10am–12.30pm. Free. 30 places. Book via Eventbrite
All materials included. BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic). A family-fun arts event which will include a mix
of play, outdoor art and storytelling. We will start at the Fruitmarket, with a workshop led by Juliana Capes, then on to Bobby Niven’s Bothy Project at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Garden, where Jupiter Artland will run a Littlesparks taster session. Finish up by enjoying your picnic in the beautiful garden.

Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds
4–6pm. Free. 12 places on each workshop.
Book via Evenbrite for Sun 13 Aug
Book via Eventbrite for Sun 10 Sep
Book via Eventbrite for Sun 15 Oct

Explore the exhibition in workshops led by trained young people and artist Louise Fraser.

Art in a Bag
Explore the exhibition with this handy bag of materials for children and families. Just ask in house