Creative Connections Schools Showcases

Our partner primary schools present their work to family, friends, teachers and the community

Throughout an exciting first week in June, all six of our partner primary schools presented their work to family, friends, teachers and the community; transforming classrooms, gym halls, playgrounds and local community sites into fascinating gallery spaces across South Edinburgh. These celebrations closed the first year of Fruitmarket’s ambitious Creative Connections project. 


‘I’m so proud of the things that I’ve created’ 


With prints hung from climbing apparatus and a wiggling map of mixed media paperworks and equipment laid across the floor space, pupils from Craigour Park Primary worked with artist Georgie Fay to present their creations in the school’s gym hall. Resident artists at St.Catherine’s R.C. and Gracemount Greer Pester and Coral Brookes collaborated to install a dynamic outdoor trail of colourful works by pupils in the Mansion and Community Garden situated between the two schools.  

Prestonfield’s P6 class and their artist Kate Temple exhibited in the classroom and corridors with hanging mobiles, acetate drawings layered on windows and paper-works on walls. At Gilmerton’s gym hall, artist Lorna Gallagher filled the space with large-scale prints, collaborative sculptures and participatory pieces created by P5. And at Liberton Primary School, artist Alice Dansey-Wright co-curated an exhibition with pupils that utilised the classroom and cupboard space to display a series of sculptural and mixed media artworks inspired by Martin Boyce’s exhibition Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below. 


‘Working with an artist is like a dream.’ 


Over the past year, Fruitmarket has worked in partnership with 242 pupils and 15 teaching staff across six primary schools. We collaborated with teachers to pair each class with their own resident artist, to facilitate creative sessions at Fruitmarket and in the classrooms.

We have been greatly inspired by the pupils and teachers that took part this year and look forward to welcoming new classes from our partnership schools in August. 


This project has been made possible with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

Kindly supported by Gail and Lindsay Gardiner.


Selected images: Chris Scott

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