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For every exhibition we organise a wide variety of events that offer you a chance to get closer to the art we show and be involved in the life of the Gallery.

Early booking through Eventbrite is advised to guarantee your place, some events are booked through the bookshop, just check listings. Our talks are live streamed so follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Periscope

A portable FM hearing loop is available for all events. Contact us in advance if you would like to use it.

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Talks and Discussions

Creative Mornings: Intention
Fri 27 Jul, 8.30–10am. Free. Register
A monthly lecture series, simultaneously taking place in 154 cities around the world on a shared theme. Join your local creative community for inspiration, conversation and a light breakfast.

Discussion Group: Time
Wed 22 Aug, 5–6pm. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite
Join a discussion of time in the context of Dean’s work. There will be a small amount of reading to do in advance, provided when you book.

Book launch: Aurélien Froment
Mon 17 Sep, 6.30–8.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
We host French artist Aurélien Froment for the launch of his first monographic publicationThree Double Tales.

How we … Install Exhibitions
Tue 18 Sep, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Jamie Mitchell, the Fruitmarket’s Gallery Manager, talks about the practicalities of installing exhibitions. Bring your questions.

Creative & Corporate Love
Wed 19 Sep, 6.30–9pm. £10 (CE members free). Register at
Creative Edinburgh’s regular event bringing the creative and corporate communities together to spark new working partnerships.

Director’s Talk
Tue 25 Sep, 6–7pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Join the Fruitmarket’s Director Fiona Bradley as she reflects on the Tacita Dean exhibition.

Panel Discussion: Our confidence in the artifice
Thu 27 Sep, 6.30–8pm. Free. Bar open beforehand.
Book via Eventbrite
Art historians Tamara Trodd and Ed Krčma, and writer and critic Hannah McGill discuss Tacita Dean’s exploration of performance and the construction of narratives and fictions in her films and drawings.


Saturday Tours
Every Saturday, 2–2.30pm. Free.
Drop in for an informal tour of the exhibition with one of our Gallery Information Assistants.

Twilight Tour for Further Education College Tutors
Thu 30 Aug, 6.30–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Join us for a glass of wine, a tour of our Tacita Dean exhibition and a fun creative workshop using the exhibition as a unique learning resource.

In the Frame: Descriptive Tour
Sat 15 Sep, 12–2pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite
Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Dean’s art and practice, with lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with visual impairments, hearing loss and disabilities.

Supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust

Group Visits
We offer a short welcome and introduction to the exhibition for groups. If you’re planning a gallery visit with your school, university, youth or community group, please book two weeks in advance.

0131 225 2383

Literary Littles

Literary Littles

Our fun book group for children aged 3–7. Join us for a Saturday morning of readings followed by craft activities.

Lari Don: The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster
Sat 14 Jul, 1011am. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Lynne Rickards: Skye the Puffling
Sat 28 Jul, 1011am. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Alastair Chisholm: The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears
Sat 11 Aug, 1011am. Free. Book via Eventbrite 

Tom Morgan-Jones: The Red Dread
Sat 1 Sep, 1011am. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Vivian French: How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim
Sat 15 Sep, 10–11am. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Music, Theatre and Film

The Night With… Wooden Elephant, Wed 8 Aug
The Night With… James Turnbull, Wed 12 Sep
The Night With… Turning The Elements, Mon 8 Oct
The Night With… Juice Vocal Ensemble, Wed 14 Nov  
Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. £10/£6 conc. Tickets and on the door.
Matthew Whiteside brings The Night With…to the Fruitmarket. Join us for live music with some of the most progressive instrumentalists on the circuit.

Reel-to-reel: Double Bill
Fri 10 Aug, 6.30–10.30pm. Free. Bar open.
Book via Eventbrite
Prompted by Tacita Dean’s Foley Artist(1996), we screen two films in which the creation and recording of sound are central to the narrative. Join us for one or both.

6.30pm: The Conversation(dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974). Cert. 12.
9pm: Berberian Sound Studio(dir. Peter Strickland, 2012). Cert. 15.

Picasso’s Women
13–26 Aug (except 21Aug), 7–8.45pm. £13/11 conc.
Tickets and on the door each night, if available.
The Gallery opens its stage door to the Fringe and hosts a production of Picasso’s Women, by Brian McAvera.

Theatre is Life as Spectacle: Art Party
Fri 21 Sep, 710pm. 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.


Get Involved

The Scotsman Steps Clean Up
Wed 25 Jul, 10am–1pm. Free. Book in via Eventbrite so we know you are coming.
Join the Fruitmarket staff team for a community clean of Martin Creed’s Work No: 1059.

Hey! Student! Welcome Reception
Thu 13 Sep, 6–8pm. Free – just show your student card. Book via Eventbrite
A chance for students of all ages to meet, have a drink, and find out about the Fruitmarket.

Fresh Fruit, for 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. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook @FreshFruit1625

Supported by The Robertson Trust

Fresh Fruit Leader Training
Wed 25 Jul, 68pm. Free. 8 places for 16–25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite
Learn how to lead and support arts workshops for young people and become a Fresh Fruit Leader, supported by artist Louise Fraser.

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 811 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.

Connecting Communities

This new programme extends the reach of our work to involve underrepresented audiences and vulnerable groups, using art to engage with different communities in an effective and meaningful way.
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Community Partners Event
Thu 20 Sep, 6–8pm. Free. If your group are interested in coming along please email
An invite to community groups to join us for our first Connecting Communities creative event, with an opportunity to network and discuss potential opportunities to develop creative projects.

Celebrate ART: Youth Outreach Project
Celebrate ART creative workshops are for young people aged 16–25, who are not in education, training or employment. Delivered in collaboration with Dancebase and Access to Industry. For more information please contact Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager
0131 226 8186