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Open Out 2018


This February The Fruitmarket Gallery will present the second Open Out – a week of performance, film, installation and music. Programmed across the staff team, this week opens the Fruitmarket Galley to new ways of collaborative, cross artform working.


Balancing work, 2018

Slight Works
Tue 20 February, 11am–6pm. Free.

Slight Works is a day-long event that explores the ways in which live work – with a focus on minimal actions – can be proposed, presented, and documented. All the work examines the relationship between the body and space with a lightness of touch and a slightly diffident, awkward sense of humour.

Slight Works includes the work of three artists who include performance in their practice: Emily Speed, Andrew Gannon and Thomas Geiger. While this event includes live performances, it also addresses the life of a performance after its first iteration, through documentary images, films and re-stagings.



Exhibition Preview, Wed 21 Feb, 5–7pm. Free.
Continues Wed 21 February – Sun 25 February, 11am–6pm.

Artist Joe Coghill presents a display which apparently documents the life and work of outsider artist John Margotti. Coghill’s multi-layered installation includes borrowed artefacts and original artworks from the Margotti archive, as well as a series of collaborative interventions. The rich historic tapestry woven by this installation gradually unravels as we pull at its threads. Who is John Margotti?


Upstage: Artists’ Film Lounge

Upstage: Artists’ Film Lounge
Thu 22 February. 6.30–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

A selection of short artists’ films curated by Adam Castle of EAMIF (Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival) that explore dance, movement, theatricality and the music video. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Adam and artist filmmakers Daniel Cook and Laura Genevieve Jones.


Eve Mutso

Eve Mutso: LOOP
Fri 23 February, Free. Doors open: 6pm, with bar
Performance: 6.30–7pm. Book via Eventbrite

A premiere of a new solo dance work by Eve Mutso (former principal dancer of Scottish Ballet), commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery. Spinning from the beams of the Fruitmarket with her pointe shoes dipped in pigment left over from a previous Fruitmarket exhibition, accompanied by a soundscape by Merlin Bonning,  Mutso will leave traces of her movement in lines on the floor.


Strange Invitation

Lost Map Records and The Fruitmarket Gallery present ‘Strange Invitation’ 
Sat 24 February, 6.30pm–1am. Early bird tickets £10 plus booking fee. £12 there after. Book via Eventbrite

We are excited to collaborate with Lost Map Records on ‘Strange Invitation’, an evening of music, fun ‘n’ frolics at the Fruitmarket.

This will be Lost Map’s fourth ‘Strange Invitation’, showcasing acts from the label alongside special guests. Come and hear music from Bas Jan, Kathryn Joseph and more acts to be announced, plus Lost Map DJs who will keep you going into the night. This also doubles as the Scottish launch of Bas Jan’s new album Yes I Jan.