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.
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.
Director, Reiach & Hall Architects
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.
BUILDING FOUNDATION PHILANTHROPISTS
James and Morag Anderson
Nick and Kate Thomas
Manuela and Iwan Wirth
BUILDING MAJOR DONORS
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
Martin Adam and William Zachs
The Architectural Heritage Fund
Adam Fowler and Corinne Cervetti
Catherine Muirden and Werner Keschner
A legacy gift from Julie Woods
Robin and Nan Arnott
Sophie Crichton Stuart
Sarah and Gerard Griffin
Stephen and Sigrid Kirk
Peter and Susie Stevenson
The Weatherall Foundation
FOUNDING GALLERY BENEFACTORS
Frith Street Gallery
The Modern Institute
And all those who wish to remain anonymous