The Fruitmarket Gallery programmes exhibitions with the best Scottish and International artists and enriches these with a wide variety of cultural and educational events. We are committed to making contemporary art accessible without under-estimating audiences or compromising art or the ideas it enacts. We create a welcoming space for people to think with art in ways that are meaningful to them – for free.
Our exhibitions, publications and events aim to show thinking happening, to demonstrate that art is a creative, active and generous cultural force, to resonate with visitors and to create an enriching, challenging context for an audience’s own ideas.
We believe that engaging with art in this way is enjoyable, leads to an improved quality of life, and revitalises our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as part of society.
Originally built as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938, The Fruitmarket Gallery has been operating as a space for presenting art since 1974. Under the creative directorship of Fiona Bradley, since 2003 the Gallery has presented solo exhibitions of work by artists as internationally significant as Louise Bourgeois, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Martin Creed, Willie Doherty, Eva Hesse, Gabriel Orozco, Dieter Roth, Fred Sandback, Roman Signer and Fred Tomaselli. We have also created high profile opportunities for artists who have developed their practice in Scotland: Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Nathan Coley, Louise Hopkins, Callum Innes, Toby Paterson, Lucy Skaer and Tony Swain, ensuring an international platform for home grown talent.
The Fruitmarket Gallery’s curatorial influence extends outside the Gallery. In 2011, we curated Scotland’s pavilion for the Venice Biennale, presenting the work of Karla Black in an exhibition that was recommended as a highlight of the Biennale on the front page of the New York Times. We also commission public art, notably Martin Creed’s Work No. 1059on Edinburgh’s historic but hitherto dilapidated Scotsman Steps, in a programme of strategic commissions that aims to improve the fabric as well as the culture of Edinburgh.
In August 2019 The Fruitmarket Gallery closed for refurbishment and extension. We will reopen in 2020 with reinvigorated spaces in the existing building and a new inspirational space for creative, collaborative working in the building next door.