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The Fruitmarket Gallery has submitted a planning application to Edinburgh City Council for the refurbishment of its existing gallery building at 45 Market Street along with an ambitious proposal to convert the adjacent warehouse building at 36–39 Market Street into new space for culture.

Reiach and Hall Architects are leading the project, which refresh the existing galleries while bringing the adjacent building (also a former fruit and vegetable warehouse) into active cultural use. The proposals work with the industrial qualities and directness of the existing steel frame, brick walls and timber floor of the new warehouse. The project will create a double height space that offers fresh opportunities for artist-led installations, performance and multi artform collaboration.

The renovation of the current Fruitmarket space prioritises accessibility and general fabric upgrading to ensure the building remains fit for the showing of the very best visual art. The project also creates much-needed, dedicated spaces for engagement, as well as back of house, workshop and storage facilities.

The Fruitmarket Gallery will close for refurbishment in July 2019 and open again in 2020. During this time the Fruitmarket will be working with artists out in the community and offsite. In August, people can experience Night Walk for Edinburgh, a brand-new video walk for Edinburgh from internationally renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery and presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival and in association with Edinburgh Art Festival.

Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, said:
‘This project has opportunities for artists and audiences at its heart. It delivers an inspirational new space for creative, collaborative working and renovates
the Fruitmarket’s existing spaces, ensuring that we can continue to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture for decades to come’.

Neil Gillespie, Director, Reiach and Hall Architects, said:
‘The new warehouse spaces are designed enter into a critical and dynamic dialogue with the original galleries. As an ensemble, they offer artists, curators and audiences remarkable, contrasting and complementary spaces.’

Notes for Editors

The Fruitmarket Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in Scotland, with a sustained record of audience growth: audiences have risen from 41,224 in 1994 to nearly 200,000 in 2018.

The Fruitmarket Gallery has an international reputation as a successful public organisation. It is committed to providing exciting opportunities and a supportive environment for artists; to creating free, welcoming, inspiring and accessible social spaces for people; and to growing and diversifying the audience for contemporary art and culture.

Reiach and Hall Architects were formed in 1965 and are one of Scotland’s leading design practices. They are one of only three practices in the UK to have been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). The practice has a portfolio of work across the UK and further afield, in a variety of sectors; from education, health, sport, offices, commercial, masterplanning, and refurbishment to arts and residential. This work ranges in scale from a Maggie’s Centre to major urban interventions.

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