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Fresh Fruit: Youth Programme for 8-25 year olds

Fresh Fruit is the Fruitmarket Gallery’s programme for young people aged 8-25 to work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. The programme consists of peer-led projects including exhibitions; art parties; co-production with artists; collaboration with youth sector organisations; trips to arts and cultural spaces; and training and mentoring to develop skills and run workshops for 8-15 year olds.

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Fresh Fruit for 16-25 year olds

Join the Fresh Fruit Steering Group

At the heart of Fresh Fruit is an open, peer-led group for young adults aged 16-25 who drive the programme. The Fresh Fruit Steering Group meet regularly to plan projects and events. We organise meetings around your availability. Sessions are social, informal and free. Snacks and refreshments are provided and we can support travel costs.

Get in touch to find out more and to join:

Caitlin McKinnon
Creative Learning Curator
M 07527 927916
0131 226 8186

Current Events

Fresh Fruit: Zine Making

Saturdays 14, 21, 28 September and 5, 12, 19 October 2019, 2-4pm, various locations. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds.

A zine-making project about your experience of art and architecture, conceived as part of Fresh Fruit, The Fruitmarket Gallery’s peer-led programme for young adults aged 16-25. Zines are small self-made publications and can be about anything – what you did last week; the music or art you like; or political, personal and social issues. Quick and cheap to produce, they have a radical underground history where anything goes and different voices can be heard.

In collaboration with the Edinburgh Zine Library and Out of the Blueprint, you will design and produce a collective zine to be presented in The Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop.

In the context of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s building refurbishment in 2019-20, the programme includes visits to recently developed arts and cultural spaces in Edinburgh to look at their buildings and exhibition programmes. We’ll also take an exclusive peek at The Fruitmarket Gallery’s building development in progress.

Creative content for the zine is up to you. No prior experience is necessary and you’ll be supported to develop ideas and pursue your interests to make a collective publication that could include exhibition reviews, photography, doodles and creative writing. Roles on the project include design and production of the publication, so there’s something for everyone interested in writing, drawing, art, buildings and professionally producing work for public display.

The project takes place over six Saturday afternoons followed by a launch event, and you can come along to one or all of the sessions. Book in below.

  • An introduction to Zine Making
    Sat 14 Sep 2019, 2-4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
  • Fresh Fruit goes too… Collective
    Sat 21 Sep 2019, 2–4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
  • Fresh Fruit goes to… Edinburgh Printmakers
    Sat 28 Sep 2019, 2–4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
  • Zine Making
    Sat 5 Oct 2019, 2-4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
  • Fresh Fruit Goes To… The Fruitmarket Gallery building site
    Sat 12 Oct 2019, 2–4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
  • Zine Production and Launch
    Sat 19 Oct 2019, 2–4pm. Free. 15 places for 16-25 year old. Book via Eventbrite
    4-6pm: Set up zine display at pop up shop, Waverley Mall, 3 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ
    6-7pm: Public Launch. Display your printed zines in then relax with pizza before the public launch to celebrate with friends and family.

Fresh Fruit for 8-15 year olds

Fresh Fruit Pop-Up

Free, drop-in for 8-15 year olds. Sundays 2-5pm, October 2019 – March 2020.
@ Bookmarket: a pop up bookshop and events space by The Fruitmaket Gallery. On top of Waverley Mall you can access the space through Williams and Johnson Coffee Co. 

Fresh Fruit Pop-Up is an open creative space for 8-15 year olds to drop-in, make art and chat to peers. Taking place in The Fruitmarket Gallery’s temporary space at Waverley Mall during our building development, the sessions are a reimagining of our Young Creatives and Sunday Makers workshops.

Over four themed blocks of activity developed by artist Louise Fraser and Fresh Fruit’s Intern Brooke Milliken, you’ll be supported to take over the space and develop ideas for creative programmes for young people in the new Fruitmarket building when it opens in 2020.

Build it! Sundays 20, 27 Oct, 3, 10 Nov, 2-5pm

As we begin our building development at The Fruitmarket Gallery we invite you to make new structures suitable for human habitation that take over the whole space, working with different repurposed and recycled materials each week.

Urban Tales Sundays 24 Nov, 1, 8, 15 Dec, 2-5pm

Explore different ways to pull out stories that already exist in our environment. Create art in different media inspired by the narratives we discover in the city around us. This block is inspired by Night Walk for Edinburgh, an immersive video walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

Your Choice Sundays 12, 19, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 2-5pm

Watch this space for a programme based on young people’s choices about creative activities for the space, developed with artist Louise Fraser and Fresh Fruit’s Intern Brooke Milliken over conversations and responses during the first two blocks of Fresh Fruit Pop-Up.

Fresh Fruit Intern’s Programme Sundays 23 Feb, 1, 8, 15 Mar

Fresh Fruit’s Intern Brooke Milliken has been working with artist Louise Fraser on Fresh Fruit Pop-Up for five months. Watch this space for Brooke’s programme of creative sessions, reflecting on all the learning along the way.