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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.


Poetry Event: 5 Poets
Wednesday 17 August, 7–9pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Our seasoned August regulars, poets Isobel Dixon and Rob Mackenzie, line up their guests for this year’s festival reading, including poems related to the exhibition.

Music Event: Ambient Audiences
Thursday 18 August, 6–9pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite 
Take in the exhibition on a wave of fresh sound. Musician a bad man plays a collaborative live-electronic set. And it’s an Edinburgh Art Festival Art Late night, so build this into your schedule. Our café MILK will be open and serving drinks and sweet treats throughout.

Hey! Student!
Tuesday 27 September, 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 Damián Ortega and The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Performance: Form, Forces and Fire
Saturday 1 October, 2–5pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Artist Hannah Ayre and participants in a five week project present a spectacular firing of an outdoor kiln containing ceramic sculptures made in response to the exhibition and local landscape.

Director’s Talk
Wednesday 12 October, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
A chance to hear the Gallery’s Director Fiona Bradley talk informally about the exhibition. This event is not recorded.

Descriptive Tour
Thursday 29 September, 11am–12.30pm. Free. 10 places.
Book via Eventbrite
Experience the exhibition in a descriptive tour led by artist Juliana Capes, perfect for visual and hearing impaired visitors and open to everyone. Portable FM hearing loops available. Refreshments provided by our café, MILK.

We have started an informal Sunday morning reading group. Come along to chat about the month’s chosen book over coffee or brunch. Bring yourself, the book and your thoughts. 10–11am in the café.

Juan Rulfo: Pedro Páramo
Sunday 7 August, 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
A masterpiece of the surreal, this stunning novel from Mexico depicts a man’s strange quest for his heritage. Juan Preciado travels to his recently deceased mother’s hometown, to find his father, only to come across a ghost town populated by spectral figures.

Yuri Herrera: Signs Preceding the End of the World
Sunday 4 September 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
In this, one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years, Yuri Herrera explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Georges Perec: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
Sunday 2 October, 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
In 1974 Perec recorded everything that he saw in Place Saint-Sulpice:
the non-events, the everyday, the ‘what happens, when nothing happens’. The result is a melancholic, slightly eerie and oddly touching document in which existence boils down to rhythm, writing turns into time and the line between the empirical and the surreal grows surprisingly thin.

Buy the month’s book in the shop, quoting The Fruitmarket Gallery Book Group, and receive 10% discount. For ages 16+

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 month, next session is on Thursday 1 September, 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 14 August, 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.

For families

Miroslav Sasek: This is Edinburgh
Saturday 13 August 10–10.40am. Book via Eventbrite
For ages 3–9
A reading of Sasek’s beautiful book followed by making small sculptures inspired by our exhibition and the local landscape. Led by trained young people from our youth programme, Fresh Fruit, this event is part of Edinburgh Art Festival’s Art Early with events continuing at Dovecot and Talbot Rice Gallery until 12.30pm.

Tatiana Glebova: Where Am I?
Saturday 10 September 10–11am. Book via Eventbrite
For ages 3–9
A Russian visual novel that invites the you to find the missing person or animal in each image! Help us find them and afterwards we will create our own hidden image drawings.