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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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Thu 30 Nov  5.30–8pm, Free. Book via Eventbrite
For Book Week Scotland spend an evening looking at the social side of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition with politically engaged Irish poets Christodoulos Makris and Julie Morrissy, Scots author and NHS campaigner Rab Wilson as well as music from Edinburgh charity Upward Mobility’s band Sounds Rhythmic – an inclusive percussion band that play a range of instruments will perform fun, original rhythms both unaccompanied and to recorded music. This will be an evening of strong voices celebrating how we care for one another.

In Conversation: Art, Activism and Exchange
Wed 13 Dec, 6–7pm, Free. Book via Eventbrite
Consuelo Bassanesi (Artistic Director of Despina, Rio de Janeiro) and the Fruitmarket’s Iain Morrison (Enterprise Manager) are partners in British Council Brazil’s exchange programme. They discuss Despina’s Art and Activism programme in the space created by Jaqueline Donachie’s politically invested work.

Ambient Audiences
Fri 15 Dec, 6–8pm, Free. Book via Eventbrite
Graeme Slater is a DJ based in Edinburgh who enjoys playing everything in the spectrum of electronic music. He has been collecting electronica since the late 80s and he has put together a 2hr set especially for us. Graeme will be mixing between traditional vinyl and digital vinyl, playing works from the early pioneers to the latest releases in the ambient genres.

New ’Ears Day
Mon 1 Jan, 12.30–5pm. Free. 
Cocoon yourself in sweet electronica as live musicians from the past year’s progamme and their guests play the café, easing us into the new year.

Discussion Group: Social Space
Thu 18 Jan, 5–6pm. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite
Join the Fruitmarket’s Research and Interpretation Curator, Ruth Bretherick,
to discuss social space in the context of Donachie’s work. There will be a small amount of reading to do in advance, which will be provided when you book.

Creative Electric: Desperation Bingo
Fri 26 Jan, 7–7.45pm. Free. 40 places. Book via Eventbrite
Creative Electric bring their ve star performance to the Fruitmarket. An interactive piece that merges verbatim theatre with our good old seaside favourite – bingo! It was awarded the Fringe Zeitgeist Award 2017 for the show that best captured the social and political issues of the day.

Panel Discussion: Article 27 – Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits*
Wed 31 Jan, 6–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Panel discussion starts 6.30pm. Bar open beforehand.
Jacqueline Donachie will be joined by Henry Ward (Creative Director, Freelands Foundation), Kirsten Lloyd (University of Edinburgh), and Alison Stirling (Creative Director, Artlink) to discuss the role of the artist in relation to society, social change and social integration.

Advice for Our Times
Thu 8 Feb. 3–8pm. Free. Drop-in. Soup will be served at 5pm.
Much of Donachie’s artistic research highlights gaps in provision of advice and support services for those facing adverse situations, legal or nancial dif culty. For this event, we have invited lawyers and voluntary organisations with experience in speci c areas to share their knowledge about immigration, bene ts, disability, housing, employment, family law and nancial law. With the enormous changes to legal aid, immigration and the bene ts system that are currently taking place, this drop-in event offers you the chance to learn more about your rights. There will be talks and discussions throughout the afternoon and evening: check online for timings and details.

Director’s Talk
Wed 7 Feb, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Join the Fruitmarket’s Director Fiona Bradley as she reflects on how her understanding of Donachie’s art has developed in the course of making and living with the exhibition.

* The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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

Twilight Tour for Further Education College Tutors 
The 7 Dec, 6–7pm, Free. Book via Eventbrite
Join us after work for a festive glass of mulled wine, a tour of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition and a creative workshop using the exhibition as a unique learning resource.

In The Frame: Descriptive Tour
Sat 3 Feb, 12–2pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite
An informal lunch and descriptive tour of the exhibition. Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Donachie’s art and practice, followed by lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with disabilities, including visual impairments and hearing loss.

Children and Families


Pips! Family Programme 

Pips! Making Workshop: Baubles
for 4–7 year olds
, siblings welcome
Sat 16 Dec, 10am–12pm. Free. 20 places. Book via Eventbrite
A fun family craft workshop with the opportunity to explore the exhibition and create festive baubles using papier mâché, balloons and balls of different shapes and sizes inspired by Donachie’s artwork, led by artist Juliana Capes.

Pips! Making Workshop: Garlands
for 4–7 year olds
, siblings welcome
Sat 16 Dec, 2–5pm. Free. Drop-in.
Make paper chains and garlands in this festive workshop with artist Juliana Capes. Have fun with a range of materials including leather, plastic and paper, inspired by the exhibition.

Literary Littles: Bookclub for 2–7 year olds

Kasia Matyjaszek: Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl
Sat 27 Jan, 10–11am. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek will read from her book about ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard and his crew who meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl named Molly!

Janis MacKay: The Selkie Girl
Sat 24 Feb, 10–11am, Free. Book via Eventbrite
MacKay returns to the club for a fun and interactive storytelling session, reading from her enchanting tale inspired by Scottish folklore.

Art in a Bag
Explore the exhibition with this handy bag of materials for children and families available in the resource room upstairs.


NEW Fresh Fruit: Tweens for 8–11 year olds
Second Sundays of the month: 10 Dec, 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 10–11am. 12 places.
Artist Louise Fraser leads monthly workshops exploring themes, ideas and materials in the exhibition:

10 Dec: Body of Work Book via Eventbrite
Explore sculpture and identity by making giant totem poles as tall as you!

14 Jan: Photography and Me Book via Eventbrite
Play with dressing up and performance to make self portraits.

11 Feb: Temple of Youth Book via Eventbrite
An immersive morning exploring sound and music through art.

Fresh Fruit


Fresh Fruit is a programme for young people to work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Using our exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook.

Fresh Fruit Leader Training (ages 16–25)

Wed 29 Nov, 6–8pm. 8 places. Book via Eventbrite
Learn to lead and support arts workshops for young people and become a Fresh Fruit Leader, supported by artist Louise Fraser. You’ll nd out how to plan and deliver arts and discussion-based activities inspired by the exhibition, with the opportunity to put your skills into practice to deliver workshops for 12–15 year olds on the second Sundays of the month.

Fresh Fruit Social: Nurturing Talent Fund (ages 14–20)
Thu 11 Jan, 6–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Meet representatives of Young Scot’s National Youth Arts Advisory Group, who will talk about how to apply for the Time to Shine: Nurturing Talent Fund to support young people to develop their creative practice in any art form. You’ll also hear about NYAAG’s wider work and share information on projects and ideas.

Exchange: Art Party (ages 16–25) 
Fri 19 Jan, 7–10pm. Free. Drinks and snacks served.
An evening of live music, performance and exchange curated by Fresh Fruit. Set within the exhibition, the event includes an opportunity to participate in an art piece. Beat the January blues and come along to this informal social.

Fresh Fruit: Teens (ages 12–15)
On the second Sunday of the month. 4–6pm. 12 places.
Sun 10 Dec Book via Eventbrite 
Sun 14 Jan Book via Eventbrite 
Sun 11 Feb Book via Eventbrite
Explore Donachie’s exhibition in a series of workshops using a variety of materials, techniques and discussion activities, led and supported by trained Fresh Fruit Leaders and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and will include drawing, performance, sculpture and installation art.