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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.


Artists’ Talk
Fri 18 Nov, 5–6pm. Free.
Kentridge and Koorland in conversation with exhibition curator Tamar Garb.

William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland: Exhibition Preview
Fri 18 Nov, 6–8pm. Free. All welcome.

Currently & Emotion: Translations
Mon 21 Nov, 6.30–8pm. Free.
The launch of a new anthology of contemporary poetry in translation from publisher Test Centre. Readings from some of the contributors and other poets.

Creative Mornings: Fantasy
Fri 25 Nov, 8.30–10am. Free.
Register at Creative Mornings is a monthly morning lecture series where 154 cities around the world host a simultaneous event based on a shared theme. Join your local creative community for inspiration, conversation and a light breakfast.

African Lines: Conversations in Film and Poetry with the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival
Fri 25 Nov, 7–10pm. £5.
EAMIF joins us to present an evening of film and poetry during Book Week Scotland. Film screenings by African and African diaspora artists from Videonomad’s archive are introduced by its director, Tobi Ayedadjou. Author Tawona Sithole responds with poems and discussions will follow.

Ambient Audiences with EAMIF
Tue 29 Nov, 6–11pm. Free.
An evening of music and film in two parts.

6–7.30pm: Contra-Inventions
A performance of music for the rarely heard contrabass flute and electronics which features new works written for low flute specialist Carla Rees. Includes music by Matthew Whiteside and Michael Oliva.

8–11pm: EAMIF
The evening moves into the bar where EAMIF curates a screening of film accompanied by live electronic music

Laptop Lounge
Sat 3 Dec, 7–11pm. Free.
A bar night of music dedicated to the spectrum of electronica, showcasing local artists, live acts, DJs and VJs.

Film: Eva Hesse (2016)
Sun 4 Dec, 6.30–8.30pm. £3.
We revisit our landmark Hesse exhibition, screening a new documentary directed by Marcie Begleiter on the artist. The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Director Fiona Bradley will introduce the film.

New ’Ears Day
Sun 1 Jan, throughout the day. Free.
Electronic musicians from our past programme and their guests play in the Gallery. Come and relax with something restorative from MILK café while you draw up your resolutions.

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

Book Group

The Fruitmarket Gallery Book Group meets every month in the café to chat about a book over coffee, cake or brunch. Bring yourself, the book and your thoughts.

Zoë Wicomb: You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town
Sun 4 Dec, 10–11am

Amy Liptrot: The Outrun
Sun 8 Jan, 10–11am

Sebastian Smee: The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
Sun 5 Feb, 10–11am

To get 10% off the above titles in the Bookshop, quote Book Group at the till. For ages 16+

Tours and group visits

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

Saturday Tours
Every Saturday, 2–2.30pm. Free.

Drop in for an informal tour of the exhibition with one of our Information Assistants.

In the Frame: Descriptive Tour
Thursday 24 November, 11am–12.30pm. Free. 10 places.

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.

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.

Booking essential Phone 0131 225 2383 or email

We offer a whole range of information online to accompany each exhibition. From activity sheets and learning packs created for each exhibition to an extensive archive of texts, images, films and recorded talks.

For young people

Fresh Fruit is a group of young people aged 16–25 who work together and with artists to explore ideas and make and share art.

Join, and using our exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects by working with artists and peers in the gallery space. Sessions are social, informal and free. We can support your travel costs from Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Fresh Fruit Social
First Thursdays of the month, 6–8pm. Free.
Come along to the next meeting at the Gallery and say hi!

Dialogue / Place / Politics workshop
Thu 2, 9, 16, 23 Feb, 6–8pm. Free. 15 places.

Experiment and make art in response to ideas and techniques from the exhibition. Led by artist Jake Bee, you will explore the creative potential of collaboration using pens, pencils, books, film, photography, spoken word and sound recorders, to create experiential art installations, drawings and sculptures.

Workshops are social and informal and include discussion and collaborative working to make work leading to a group exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery. No previous art experience necessary.

Supported by The Robertson Trust

For children and families

Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Explore the exhibition in creative workshops using  a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.  Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.

Literary Littles our fun book group for children aged 2–9 continues. Join us for a Saturday morning of readings followed by craft activities

Eilidh Muldoon: Colouring Scotland
Sat 26 Nov 10–11am. For all ages. For Book Week Scotland.

Tim Archbold: Clarty Jim McCloud
Sat 10 Dec 10–11am. For ages 5–7

Gill Arbuthnott: A Beginner’s Guide to Life on Earth
Sat 14 Jan 10–11am. For ages 4–9

Kasia Matyjaszek: I am a Very Clever Cat
Sat 11 Feb 10–11am. For ages 2–5