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Creative Connections

Image courtesy Starcatchers Expecting Something and photographer Katy Wilson.

Creative Connections 

Two weeks of free exhibitions and events that celebrate creativity for all ages.
12–17 February 2019, 11am–6pm

The Fruitmarket Gallery works with many partners to celebrate art as a creative, active and generous force. We bring people and art together in projects which offer a welcoming space for people to think with contemporary art in ways that are meaningful for them.

Creative Connections celebrates some of these projects and the communities who make them happen.

Conjunctive Tissue Marco Giodano
Exhibition: 12–24 Feb, 11am–6pm

Colourful banners by Giordano connect the gallery spaces, leading the way from Creative Connections to Open Out, the Fruitmarket’s week of multi-artform practice, which begins on 19 Feb.


40 X 40
Exhibition: 12–17 Feb, 11am–6pm
Preview: Tue 12 Feb, 2–3pm. All welcome.
An exhibition of installations inspired by perceptions and experiences of colour, created by 40 young people and their families from WHALE Arts, Wester Hailes Education Centre and Woodlands Special School.

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and Year of Young People 2018, WHALE Arts and the Fruitmarket have collaborated on this partnership project to celebrate the creativity of young people with additional support needs. Co-designed with artists Juliana Capes and Louise Fraser, and filmmaker Oliver Benton.





Incredible Distance Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Exhibition: 12–17 Feb, 11am–6pm
Preview: Tue 12 Feb, 2–3pm

A day in the life of Wester Hailes through the eyes and ears of local residents, Incredible Distance is a collaborative arts project for adults that forms part of the SCO’s three-year Wester Hailes residency.

Through a series of workshops with community music leader Emma Smith, participants created an original audio-visual installation which explores the sonic and visual identity of Wester Hailes.

Woven into an intricate tapestry of sound and imagery by composer Suzanne Parry and artist Ewan John, the result is part tone poem, part dreamscape, which loosely reflects 24 hours in the life of Wester Hailes.





Exhibition: 12–17 Feb, 11am–6pm
Preview: Tue 12 Feb, 6–8pm. Join participants for a live installation of the work.

A collaborative sculptural installation made with ceramics by Fresh Fruit, our open peer-led group for young adults aged 16–25.
Fresh Fruit have been working with artist Frances Priest to make individual works that come together as a whole. Inspired by Emma Hart’s exhibition at the Fruitmarket, participants have made tiles, carving and incising them with patterned designs and decorating them with maiolica, oxide wash and dipped glaze.

Sunset Reports Juliana Capes
Exhibition: 13–17 Feb, 11am–6pm
Preview: Wed 13 Feb, 6.30–7.30pm

Working across media including installation, film and visual description, Capes debuts a new body of work created in the context of a 2018 Barbican ArtWorks Fellowship in which she sought to bring her work as an artist together with her engagement work describing art for people with visual impairments. This new work is part of her ongoing research into the emotional resonance of natural phenomena.

It considers the brokering of colour through language and looks for a new emotional vocabulary. The exhibition will feature Capes’ collaboration with artist Catherine Street and participants of our In The Frame programme for audiences with visual impairments.

IMG_1141In The Frame: Audio Descriptive Tour
Thu 14 Feb, 1–3pm. Book via Eventbrite
Join Juliana Capes and Catherine Street on a tour of Sunset Reports.




VaRIOTy: Queer Women’s Event
Fri 15 Feb, 6.30–9.30pm
Book via Eventbrite
An evening of music, entertainment and art for LGBT History Month.

For LGBTQIA women and non-binary people comfortable in women-centred spaces. Includes stand up performed in sign language from comedian Leah Francisco, music from Heir of The Cursed and Courtney Lynn, poetry from Harry Josephine Giles and movement performance by Aniela Piasecka. Open mic opportunities available through
British Sign Language Interpretation provided.

In partnership with LGBT Health and Wellbeing.




Colourful Characters
Tue 12–Fri 15 Feb:
Bookable sessions from 11am. Book via Eventbrite
Drop-in 1–3.30pm
Sat 16 Feb: Pop-up Performances 11.30am and 2.30pm
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Feb: Drop-in 11am–4pm

Join us for a week of artistic exploration and adventure with your little ones. A colourful mix of art, music, storytelling and theatre brought to you by Starcatchers.

There are bookable sessions tailored to your child’s age and stage with early years theatre maker Heather Fulton, plus drop-ins open to the whole family where Heather and gallery staff will be on hand to guide you. Heather’s award-winning productions include Paperbelle, Too Many Penguins? and Valentina’s Galaxy.