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Talks, Events and Workshops

Talks and Events

For every exhibition, we organise a wide variety of events that offer audiences the chance to get closer to the art we show.


Book Launch: Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution
Mon 23 May 6.30–8pm. Book via Eventbrite

Elizabeth Fullerton will be launching her new Thames & Hudson book Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution. The author interviewed 30 artists including Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Christine Borland and many gallerists, museum directors and critics from the period to create a discussion that is interspersed with anecdotes and over 200 images, some never seen before. Elizabeth will talk about the book, which will be followed by questions and a book signing.

Performance: The History of Our Space and Time
Saturday 28 May, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Ballad singer Jennifer Reid performs new songs with participants as a result of a four week project exploring memories, imagination and local history, inspired by Barker’s work.

Director’s Talk
Wed 1 Jun, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
A chance to hear Fiona Bradley the Gallery’s Director talk informally about the exhibition.

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. Book by email at or phone 0131 225 2383.



DesignMarket 2016
10–12 June. Free entry
Preview: Fri 10 Jun, 5–9pm
Open Sat 11 Jun, 10am–6pm. Sun 12 Jun, 10am–5pm

The Fruitmarket Gallery throws its annual design fair, in cahoots with our event partner Creative Edinburgh, filling the galleries with all manner of print, jewellery, fashion and homeware goodness.

A carefully chosen line-up of more than 40 designers will present their work for sale, and there will be opportunities to try your own hand in Process Studios workshops and designer-led events over the weekend.

Come and be inspired. You’ll leave with at least a spring in your step, and perhaps some new design gems too. Keep up to date with the latest announcement on our Facebook Page

Fresh Fruit

For young people 

Fresh Fruit is a group of young people aged 16–25 who work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share artwork. Join, and using The Fruitmarket Gallery’s exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects by working with artists and peers in a unique gallery space.

Fresh Fruit Social for 16–25 year olds
First Thursdays of the next session is on Thursday 2 June, 6–8pm. Free.
Book via Eventbrite
Fresh Fruit want to work with more young people to create events and exhibitions; share and discuss their artwork; work with artists and visit exhibitions. Come along to the next meeting and say hi!

Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds 
Second Sundays of the month, next session 12 June 4–6pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite
Explore the exhibition in sculpture, drawing, painting and collage workshops led by trained young people and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.

Sessions are social, informal and free. We can support your travel costs from Edinburgh and the Lothians. Snacks and refreshments are provided. No previous art experience necessary.