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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.


Tue 15 Mar, 6–8pm. Free. Book via KEYWORDS Eventbrite.
David Stevenson (Queen Margaret University) and Vlad Morariu (Loughborough University) will offer their perspectives on the meaning of ‘value’, and ask what is the true value of art and culture in contemporary society. Part of the KEYWORDS series on language and contemporary art

Artist’s Talk: Sara Barker
Wed 16 Mar, 6.30–7.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Sara Barker will be in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

PublishED Creative Writing Workshop
Wed 23 Mar, 7–9pm. Free. Book via PublishED Eventbrite
Make new connections between language and visual art in this workshop led by PublishED, The University of Edinburgh’s creative writing society, using the exhibition as a visual prompt.

Reading and Book Launch: Will Eaves: The Inevitable Gift Shop
Wed 6 Apr, 6.30–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
CB Editions publishes beautiful editions of work which ‘might otherwise fall through the cracks between the big publishers’. Enjoy a reading from their second title with this ascendant author – a mixture of criticism, memoir and poetry.

Panel Discussion: I am writing for myself and strangers*: writing, sculpture, and the work of Sara Barker
Wed 4 May, 6–8pm. Free. Refreshments from 6pm; event starts at 6.30pm
Book via Eventbrite
Art historians Kirstie Gregory (Henry Moore Institute), Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and curator and writer Katharine Stout (ICA, London) consider the relationship between writing and sculpture, including art historical research, interviews with artists,and writing as a tool for sculpture. *Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans

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.



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

Saturday Tours
Every Sat, 2–3pm. Free. Drop in.

In the Loop: Amplified Tour
Wed 13 Apr, 10–11.30am. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite
Join our tour of the exhibition with portable FM hearing loops, for visitors who are hard of hearing. Refreshments available.

In the Frame:
Descriptive Tour
Wed 13 Apr, 6.30–8pm. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite
Experience the exhibition in a descriptive tour led by artist Juliana Capes, perfect for visually impaired visitors and open to everyone. Refreshments available.

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 30 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.

To take part you can submit an application through Curator Space here


Dance Performance: Moments Revisited
Thu 17 Mar, 2–2.30pm and 6–6.30pm.
Free. No booking required.
Taking place in the galleries this piece by inclusive contemporary dance company Subtle Kraft Co. works in the space around Barker’s sculptures.

Dance Workshop: Subtle Kraft Co.
Thu 17 Mar 4–5.15pm. Free. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Led by Subtle Kraft Co. between their performances. Open to 14–25 year olds of all abilities who are interested in dance.

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.

Art Workshop Training for 16–25 year olds
Sun 13 Mar, 11am–4pm. Free. 8 places. Book via Eventbrite
Be trained by artist Louise Fraser to deliver workshops. Learn 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 on the second Sundays of the month.

Fresh Fruit Social for 16–25 year olds
First Thursdays of the month starting 7 Apr, 6–8pm. Free.
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
starting 10 Apr, 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.

The History of Our Space and Time Workshops for 16–25 year olds 
Saturdays 7–28 May, 11am–4pm. Free. 15 places. Book via Eventbrite
In this series of four singing and songwriting workshops, singer Jennifer Reid leads you in exploring memories, imagination and local history to write new ballads culminating in a final performance. Workshops are inspired by the way in which Barker’s work inhabits and describes space, using writing and song to trigger new imaginings about what’s next for our local space and time.

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.

For Children and Families

Literary Littles Free bookclub for ages 2–9

The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop loves children’s books so much we have a free book club for ages 2 –9. This Spring we present four weekend morning book readings followed by craft activities.

Leo: A Ghost Story
Sun 20 Mar, 10am. Free. For ages 2–8. Book via Eventbrite
Mac Barnett reads his charming story of friendship between Jane, a girl with a tremendous imagination and Leo, a boy who most people can’t see because he is a ghost.

Blackbird, Blackbird, What do You Do?
Sat 26 Mar, 10am. Free. For ages 2–8. Book via Eventbrite
Edinburgh based author and illustrator Kate McLelland reads her colourful story about finding out who you are and the importance of being yourself.

T-Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur by Smriti Prasadam-Halls.
Illustrated by Katherine Manolessou
Sat 16 Apr, 10am. Free. For ages 3–9. Book via Eventbrite
This meaty story, served up with a generous helping of vegetables, is the laugh-out-loud tale of a dinosaur who dares to be different.

Grandma’s House
Sat 30 Apr, 10am. Free. For ages 4–6. Book via Eventbrite
Alice Melvin will read her new book Grandma’s House, a story about a little girl who often visits her grandmother’s house where everything is different, but always the same.