Connecting Communities

Our community engagement programme delivers accessible creative workshops, events and partnership projects


Fruitmarket Connecting Communities is our community engagement programme which delivers accessible creative workshops, events and partnership projects co-produced with community groups with a focus on those with disabilities, older people, people with lived experience of mental health issues, LGBTQIA+ and BPOC communities. Using a human rightsbased approach we aim to create space’s for learning, exchange and creative expression. All activities are free, and transport is provided for groups, to break down financial barriers to participation. We have an accessible Studio, which sits at the heart of the Fruitmarket, which has specialist facilities and a multitude of art materials. 

Making Memories


Making Memories is a series of monthly creative workshops working older people (aged 58 – 92) delivered in collaboration with The Crannie. Using art, objects and accessible materials we deliver free monthly artist led sessions providing an opportunity for a personcentred approach to reminiscence arts.  

Supported by Queensberry House Trust


Press play to hear from our Making Memories group in 2023:


See with Me


See with Me is a monthly engagement project co-produced with people who are blind or partially sighted. It includes detailed descriptive group tours of Fruitmarket exhibitions for visually impaired people; monthly co-creation project sessions led by visually impaired artists working alongside sighted artists and visual impairment awareness and audio description training for Fruitmarket staff. 

Supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust 


Wellbeing Workshops


Wellbeing Workshops are relaxed creative workshop sessions for adults with lived experience of mental health issues. Sessions are delivered in partnership with mental health organisations and are targeted at people on a low income and include a free lunch, to help address isolation and food poverty. Our Wellbeing Workshops are accessible and trauma informed and aim to support the wider mental health community. 

Funded by Edinburgh Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund 


Press play to hear from artists Bea Makan and Khadea Santi about Wellbeing Workshop: Make A Healing Banner, 2024:





If you are interested in joining any of the Fruitmarket Connecting Communities projects contact:  

Tracy Morgan, Fruitmarket, Community Engagement Manager 

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