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Preview: Jyll Bradley, Pardes

Join us for the preview of Jyll Bradley Pardes – the first standalone installation in the Fruitmarket Warehouse

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free Admission
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26.11.21. 6–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite.

Jyll Bradley’s Pardes has evolved over several years, the artist watching the transformation and delving into the history of the Fruitmarket’s new Warehouse .

Bradley’s art draws on systems and structures of growth as metaphors for cultural exchange, place and identity. Here, she has taken inspiration from the structures created by historic Scottish fruit growers to make the most of both the light and the natural warmth in the bricks of a walled fruit orchard, and to the cultural heritage of the Fruitmarket as an old fruit and vegetable warehouse. The title comes from an ancient name for a walled fruit garden that gave rise to the familiar word ‘paradise’.

While its form owes something to the leaning design of historic glasshouses for growing fruit, Pardes’s impact is primarily that of a minimal abstract sculpture. Six beams made in wood and live-edged Perspex fly through the space from ceiling to floor. Lit from within, they create a canopy that envelops the viewer in warm, green light, sustaining us through the darkest time of the year from Autumn to Spring.

The evening will include a performance from violist Jane Atkins, part of a continuing collaboration between Atkins, Bradley, and composer Anna Clyne, originally commissioned by the Scottish Ensemble as a film in 2020. Jane will play at 6.15pm and 7.15pm. We will need to restrict numbers in the space. There will also be the opportunity to see our exhibition Howardena Pindell: A New Language in the gallery spaces.


We want everyone attending to feel as safe as possible. We are therefore asking all guests to take a lateral flow test prior to attending. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of illness. Please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. This is for everyone’s safety and the Fruitmarket is happy to provide face coverings to you when you arrive. You will need to submit your details to Check in Scotland on arrival.

Image: Jyll Bradley Green/Light (for M.R.), 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Thierry Bal.

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