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Art activities for children and young people to carry out at home, inspired by past exhibitions at The Fruitmarket Gallery.


In 2013 we showed the work of Italian artist, Massimo Bartolini, presenting one major installation La strada di sotto (The Street Below), a glowing field of coloured lights, shown together with a selection of small sculptures and works on paper taken directly from Bartolini’s studio and exhibited here for the first time. One of these works was Distorted Airplane, 2012, why not take inspiration from his work Distorted Airplane, 2012 and make a paper airplane, using drawing, collage and origami. Thanks to artist, Carla Scott Fullerton for designing this activity and creating some examples to inspire you.

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Three people are standing staring at the Gallery floor as it is alight with a glowing field of coloured lights of the kind used during street celebrations in Sicily.
Massimo Bartolini, Distorted Airplane, 2012
A man in a hat stands beside a large tall white table filled with various objects and artefacts


Back in 2016 we showed an exhibition of Mexican artist, Damian Ortega. Tripas de Gato/Isobaric Map was a mural, made in deliberate homage to the mural tradition of Mexico but according to the rules of a childhood game. Tripas de Gato is a game which involves connecting pairs of numbers one to another in an ever-proliferating maze. Ortega knew that making such a large, complex version would result in a wall drawing that looks like a map of air or ocean currents. In this resource sheet we ask you to make your own Tripas de Gato, see Ortega’s version below.

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Damián Ortega, Altocumulus, 2016.  Courtesy of the artist, kurimanzutto, Mexico City and Gladstone Gallery, New York. Photo- Ruth Clark1
States of Time Damian Ortega
States of Time Damian Ortega


Jim Lambie’s 2014 exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery contained work made from 1996–2014 including his signature work Zobop (1999/2014) made from brightly coloured vinyl tape. Following the contour of the gallery floor from the outside to the centre, the work takes the shape of the space it’s in. In this activity we ask you to look at the colours you see in the images of Zobop below and write a poem about it.

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JL - Fruitmarket Install (4)
JL - Fruitmarket Install (3)
JL - Fruitmarket Install (1)


The exhibition began with a labyrinthine presentation of Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings, a remarkable suite of 220 drawings and writings made between November 1994 and June 1995. Created in the suspended state between sleeping and waking, The Insomnia Drawings contain all the major themes of Bourgeois’s work and reveal the close link between drawing and writing that is such a key part of her practice. What images come into your mind before you go to sleep? Use this sheet to explore the themes in Bourgeois’ work or draw your own thoughts and ideas.

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LB inso


In 2014 we showed the work of Canadian artist, Stan Douglas. The exhibition acted as both a rich introduction to and a reminder of practice of Stan Douglas whose investigations into mistaken identity and unstable memory, reconstruction, reinvention and the long shadows the past cast into the present. Douglas builds stories by finding out about the history of specific places and memories associated with them. In this activity make your own storyboard by drawing and writing your imagined scenes in the frames.

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Stan Douglas, Der Sandman. Photo Ruth Clarke. Installation view The Fruitmarket Gallery, 2014

Images: Artist Carla Scott Fullerton’s examples of the activity.
Massimo Bartolini, installation shots, Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery.
Damian Ortega, Tripas de Gato/Isobaric Map and installation views, The Fruitmarket Gallery. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto.
Jim Lambie, installation view, The Fruitmarket Gallery. Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute.
Louise Bourgeois, I Give Everything Away, installation view, The Fruitmarket Gallery. Photos: Alan Dimmick and Ruth Clark.
Stan Douglas, Der Sandemann, 1995. Installation view, The Fruitmarket Gallery. Photo: Ruth Clark. Stan Douglas, Vidéo, 2007. Stan Douglas. Suspect, 1950, 2010. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner New York/London, and Victoria Miro, London.