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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.


Director’s Talk: Fiona Bradley
Mon 6 July, 6–7pm. Free (30 places)
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A chance to hear The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Director talk about how the exhibition came together.

Artist’s Talk: Phyllida Barlow
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Wed 29 July, 5–5.30pm. Free (30 places)
An intimate walk around the exhibition with the artist.

Discussion: Extracurricular Activity: Undermining Histories of Art
Mon 28 Sept, 6–8pm. Free.
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Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews) and Moran Sheleg (UCL) explore ideas around humour, (anti)-education and contemporary art.
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Panel Discussion: Why Make?
Tue 6 Oct, 6.30–8pm. Free.
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Phyllida Barlow and fellow artists Kate Davis, Keith Wilson, Eric Bainbridge and curator Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute) consider the actions and ideas behind making sculpture now and how they relate to other forms of art making.



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
Thur 3 Sept, 6.30–8pm. Free (10 places)


Amplified Tour
Sat 5 Sept, 2–3pm. Free (10 places)
With portable FM hearing loops.

Workshops and events

Workshop: Set and Stitch
Wed 22 July, 6–9pm. Tickets £8. Book via Eventbrite
Includes an exhibition tour, tea, and biscuits.
Bring your knitting needles along and join artists Vala Jónsdóttir and Hannah Imlach as they take you through different knitting and crochet techniques on the way to making a communal wool work.

Welcome Reception for Students
Tues 29 Sept, 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 Phyllida Barlow and The Fruitmarket Gallery out of hours.

Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit is our programme of workshops inspired by each exhibition, designed with and for young people aged 11–25. Take a look at the Fresh Fruit Blog

To book a place, text or phone Caitlin on 07527 927 916 or 0131 226 8186 or email

Art Workshop Training
Sun 28 June, 11am–5pm. Free.
For 16–25 year olds (8 places)
A chance to be trained by artist Louise Fraser to work with her to deliver Art Taster Workshops for younger people.

Art Taster Workshops
First Sundays of the month: 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sept, 4 Oct, 4–6pm. Free.
For 11–15 year olds (12 places).
Drawing and sculpture workshops led by trained young people and artist Louise Fraser.

Dance Intensive: Topsy Turvy
Sat 19 and Sun 20 Sept 11am–6pm. Free.
For 16–25 year olds (15 places). No experience required.
Discover the work of Phyllida Barlow with dancer and choreographer Rosalind Masson using contact improvisation in the Gallery and at Dance Base. Filmed by Goat Media.