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The Fruitmarket Gallery has been a key part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape since 1974. Currently closed for redevelopment, we are getting ready to open our doors to the public on 7 July.

Turner prize nominated artist Karla Black’s work will span both the exhibition galleries and the new warehouse space when we reopen. The Fruitmarket curated Black’s solo presentation for Scotland in Venice at the 54th International Biennale in 2011 but has yet to work with her in Scotland and this exhibition is the result of an invitation to Black to play to her strengths and “force a raw creative moment” into the Fruitmarket’s pristine new gallery spaces.

The redevelopment brings more space for art; a new space for cross artform collaborations; better facilities for all; and a new learning studio. The Fruitmarket was originally due to reopen in summer 2020, but the coronavirus crisis seriously challenged both the timing and finances of the project. We have been heartened and inspired by the generosity of our supporters who have helped us to hit our fundraising target. Over the past six years, we have raised a total of £4.3 million from an exceptional group of people and organisations who believed in us and in our vision. Their support has ensured that the Fruitmarket can continue to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture for decades to come.

OPEN OUT will provide enriched material finishes, upgraded environmental conditions and modernised audience access; all of which will vastly improve our present premises, enhancing our abilities to work with artists and collections.
We will continue to programme the Fruitmarket exhibition galleries with three world-class exhibitions per year, a mix of solo and group exhibitions, with a diverse selection of artists representing the very best art of our time.




Next door, a new double-height Fruitmarket warehouse will provide an expansive, inspirational space where artists can make new work in and for the Fruitmarket, creating a regular programme of Fruitmarket commissions curated in-house. This space will importantly also offer new opportunities for us to work in partnership with other cultural organisations, creating a year- round multi-arts venue at the heart of Edinburgh that lends itself to theatrical and musical performances, spoken word and dance events as much as it does to the presentation of visual art.

The original galleries are seen as a series of white spaces, abstract and precise. Surfaces are smooth and continuous while detail and material expression are suppressed. The gallery as a neutral backdrop to art. The space is luminous and fragile.

The palette in the warehouse, by contrast, is dark and sensual. It is a space that relishes the directness and crudeness of the existing steel frame, the strength and texture of the brick walls and the industrial timber floor. The mood is intense, almost visceral.

As an ensemble they offer the artist, curator and their audience remarkable contrasting and complementary spaces for art and performance.

Neil Gillespie
Director, Reiach & Hall Architects

Interior view looking south within the new double height warehouse space towards the entrance and ramp.

Interior view looking east behind new glazed shopfront shows ramp access connecting existing buildings, new double height gallery space entrance and new link to existing Fruitmarket Gallery building.


New connected, collaborative spaces will ensure we can continue our respected programme of excellence in the visual arts while also being able to respond to opportunities that offer audiences more choice and new ways to connect and participate in cultural activities.

OPEN OUT creates new spaces and facilities for engagement and renovates existing spaces, ensuring we can continue to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture for decades to come.

And it gives us new capacity and space to sustain and build visit frequency of current audiences as well as attracting new visitors, proactively targeting under-represented and marginalised groups. It will ensure our spaces are fully accessible, embracing all visitors and removing physical and psychological barriers.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Fruitmarket in July!

We would like to say a very big thank you to all of our OPEN OUT supporters to date.

James and Morag Anderson
Nick and Kate Thomas
Nicky Wilson
Manuela and Iwan Wirth

Binks Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation

Johnny Bute and Stichting West Coast Foundation
Hauser & Wirth and Martin Creed
The Foyle Foundation
Charles and Ruth Plowden

Elizabeth Cowling

Martin Adam and William Zachs
The Architectural Heritage Fund
Adam Fowler and Corinne Cervetti
Catherine Muirden and Werner Keschner
Judy Riley
A legacy gift from Julie Woods

Robin and Nan Arnott
Sophie Crichton Stuart
Sarah and Gerard Griffin
Catherine Holden
Stephen and Sigrid Kirk
Peter and Susie Stevenson
The Weatherall Foundation

White Cube 

Frith Street Gallery
Luhring Augustine
The Modern Institute

And all those who wish to remain anonymous