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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.


Curator’s Talk 
Fri 13 Nov, 5–6pm. Free. [Book Via EventBrite]
Guest curator Melissa Feldman talks through the thinking behind Another Minimalism.

Panel Discussion
Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees’: Light and Space Then and Now
Thu 19 Nov, 4–5.30pm. Free. [Book Via EventBrite]
Artist Neil Clements (Glasgow) and art historians James Boaden (University of York) and Lucy Bradnock (University of Nottingham) discuss the critical reception and legacy of Light and Space art, considering cultural and geographical contexts, issues of authorship and labour, material practices and phenomenological experience. Chaired by Fiona Anderson (University of Newcastle).

Writings on Art and Anti-Art: Dawn Ades
Thu 26 Nov, 6.30pm–8.30pm. Free. [Book Via EventBrite]

A Bookweek Scotland Event 
Art historian and curator Dawn Ades is a leading authority on dada, surrealism, abstraction and art from Latin America. To launch her new book of collected essays, she will be in conversation with Fiona Bradley (The Fruitmarket Gallery) and and Neil Cox (University of Edinburgh).

Café Des Artistes: Dan Flavin
27 Jan 6–8pm. Free
In association with the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership. One of a series of public discussions focused on the ARTIST ROOMS collection. This event features art historians Alistair Rider (University of St Andrews) and Stephen Moonie (Newcastle University). Book via Eventbrite here

Director’s Talk
Wed 10 Feb, 6–7pm. Free [Book Via EventBrite]
A chance to hear The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Director Fiona Bradley talk informally about Another Minimalism in the context of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s programme.



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.


Descriptive Tour
Thu 3 Dec, 6.30–8pm. Free. 10 places.


Amplified Tour
Thu 3 Dec, 2–3pm. Free. 10 places

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.

Artists' BookMarket

Artists' BookMarket 2016
Sat 27 Feb, 11am–6pm and Sun 28 Feb, 12–5pm

Artists’ BookMarket brings its annual celebration of artists’ books and artist-led publishing. Browse the stalls of work available for sale from this growing area of art practice and enjoy the weekend’s programme of talks and workshops. Want to be part of Artists’ BookMarket 2016? We are currently accepting submissions via Curator Space here..


Space and Lit: Michel Faber, Sophie Cooke, CONCH and FOUND
Sat 28 Nov, 7.30–10pm. £6. [Book Via EventBrite]
A Bookweek Scotland Event
Leaping off from the retro-futurism and technological fetish of Light and Space art, this event moves round the gallery with a reading from Faber, author of The Book of Strange New Things, new writing from Cooke taking on the inherent optimism in attempts to develop better worlds for ourselves, and the modular synths and tape delays of band FOUND’s post- cataclysmic landscape. Refreshments and stimulation from caffeinated art collective CONCH. Pulsating pop tones throughout.

Fresh Fruit

For young people 

Fresh Fruit is a programme of workshops inspired by each exhibition, designed with and for young people aged 11–25. 

Art Taster Workshops 
First Sun of the month: 6 Dec and 7 Feb, 4–6pm. Free.
12 places for 11–15 year olds.
Book via EventBrite
Explore the exhibition in sculpture and installation workshops led by trained young people and artist Louise Fraser. Workshops are social and informal and include an introduction to the exhibition.

Remake / Respond / Repeat Workshops
Every Thu 4–25 Feb, 6–8pm. Free.
15 places for 16–25 year olds.
Book via Eventbrite here
In this four-week workshop you’ll experiment and make new artwork in response to ideas and techniques in the exhibition. Led by artist Jake Bee, you’ll explore the creative potential of colour, light, space and materials using a range of everyday objects including lamps, fans and sound recorders, and use them to make experiential art installations and sculpture. Workshops are social and informal, and include making, discussion and collaborative work to experiment and develop ideas, leading to a group exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery on Sat 27 and Sun 28 February 2016.

We can support travel costs from Edinburgh and the Lothians. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

For Children and Families

Literary Littles Free bookclub for ages 2–9

The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop loves children’s books.
In collaboration with Tate Publishing, Walker Books, and Bloomsbury press, we present three Saturday mornings of book readings.

Lesley Barnes: Jill & Dragon
Sat 28 Nov, 10.30am. Free
Ages 2–8 [Book Via EventBrite]
A Bookweek Scotland Event

Glaswegian author and illustrator Lesley Barnes reads her sumptuously illustrated book Jill & Dragon.

Vivian French: The Most Wonderful Thing in The World
Sat 5 Dec, 10.30am. Free
Ages 3–9. [Book via Eventbrite]

Author and Edinburgh resident Vivian French reads her most recent book The Most Wonderful Thing in The World. Illustrated by Angela Barret, this is a classic tale of a king, a queen, a princess, legions of suitors, and a treasure hidden in plain sight.

Debi Gliori: Alfie in …
Sat 12 Dec, 10.30am. Free
For toddlers. [Book via EventBrite]

Author and illustrator Debi Gliori from East Lothian reads books from her Alfie series and draws the sweet bunny and his adventures. Alfie the rabbit is a delightful character created for toddlers that celebrates their irrepressible imagination.

Ron Butlin: Here Come the Trolls!
Sat 19 December, 10.30am. Free
Ages 4–9. [Book via EventBrite]

Ron Butlin reads from Here Come the Trolls! A book that shows you what would happen if your house was overrun by trolls – mischievous creatures who do nothing but cause mess and mayhem! And just in case, he also tells you how to make your house a troll-free zone. The book is illustrated by James Hutcheson.