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Young People


Fresh Fruit is a programme for young people to work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Using our exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook. Fresh Fruit is supported by The Robertson Trust.

Theatre is Life as Spectacle: Art Party
Fri 21 Sep, 7–10pm. Free. Bar open. Book via Eventbrite
An evening of music, performance and expanded cinema responding to Dean’s work and practice. Curated by Fresh Fruit with artist Lydia Beilby.

Performance and the Projector: Filmmaking Workshop
Sat 15 –Sun 16 Sep, 11am–5pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. To book a place call the bookshop on 0131 226 8181 or email
Work with artist Lydia Beilby of analogue collective Screen Bandita to make a piece of expanded cinema.

Sunday Makers
Sun 12 Aug, Sun 9 Sep. 10–11am. Free. 12 places for 8–11 year olds. To book a place call the bookshop on 0131 226 8181 or email
Artist Louise Fraser leads workshops exploring themes, ideas and materials in the exhibition.

Young Creatives
Sun 12 Aug, Sun 9 Sep, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places for 12–15 year olds. To book a place call the bookshop on 0131 226 8181 or email
Explore Dean’s exhibition using a variety of materials, techniques and discussion activities, led and supported by trained Fresh Fruit Leaders and artist Louise Fraser.


Art and Identity Youth Project
Every Friday, 11am–1pm.
Fri 16 Mar – Fri 1 Jun. Free.
Book a place:
Art and Identity is a free 10-week creative project for 16–25 year olds aimed at young people who may have mental health issues, Autism, Aspergers, experience of the care system or who are not currently in education, training or employment. We are working in collaboration with Access to Industry to deliver this project, which will enable young people explore their own identity, learn new creative skills and meet new people. To refer a young person to this project contact Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager. Supported by William Grant.

The learning team work in collaboration with a range of organisations such as Access to Industry, Screen Education Edinburgh, Dance Base and the Art Room to deliver a young people’s creative outreach programme. This youth outreach programme focuses on working with under-represented young people, including young people who are not in education, training or employment, disabled young people and young people from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities.


Literary Littles: Bookclub for 3–7 year olds
Our fun book group for children aged 3–7. Join us for a Saturday morning of readings followed by craft activities.

Lynne Rickards: Rowan the Red Squirrel
Sat 17 Mar, 10–11am. Free. Book via Eventbrite
From the creators of the bestselling Skye the Puffling, Lynne Rickards will be joining us to read from the delightful Rowan the Red Squirrel. Set in the Scottish Highlands and featuring some of Scotland’s most famous wildlife, it’s a tale sure to entertain both children and adults alike.

Kasia Matyjaszek: Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl
Sat 21 Apr, 10–11am. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek will read from her book about ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard and his crew who meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl named Molly! Postponed from Sat 27 Jan.

Elizabeth McKay: Wee Granny’s Magic Bag and the Pirates
Sat 2 Jun, 10–11am. Free. 
Book via Eventbrite
What weird and wonderful things will Wee Granny pull out of her magic bag next? Elizabeth McKay will reveal all in her third book in this popular series. Think Mary Poppins, with more tartan (and pirates).

Art in a Bag
Explore the exhibition with this handy bag of materials for children and families available in the resource room upstairs.

Fresh Fruit: Tweens for 8–11 year olds
Free. 12 places. To book call the bookshop on 0131 226 8181 or email
Artist Louise Fraser leads monthly workshops exploring themes, ideas and materials in the exhibition:

Paint and Slide
Sun 8 Apr, 10–11am.
Make paintings that merge forms, working from faces and everyday tools. Experiment with techniques and materials including slime!

Set Pieces
Sun 13 May, 10–11am.
Perform and document everyday scenarios in this workshop exploring language and instruction as art.