The Wonder Studio

    The Fruitmarket and Starcatchers are seeking two artist educators from visual and performance art disciplines to co-create artistic experiences with children aged 0 – 5 for The Wonder Studio, an ambitious new two-year programme.

    After a two-year closure period, the Fruitmarket reopens in July 2021 with new and reinvigorated spaces. The building now includes our first ever engagement Studio: a safe and dedicated space at the heart of the building, in which audiences can engage with art and ideas. The Studio and more accessible spaces and facilities allow the Fruitmarket to work with very young children and their families for the first time.  

    Over two years The Wonder Studio artists will work with children aged 3 – 5 from Greengables nursery in Craigmillar. In the first year, two projects lead to celebration events at Lyra in the local community, and at the Fruitmarket. The second year develops the programme into public sessions for 0 – 5 year olds at the Fruitmarket, run in conjunction with children at Greengables nursery. 

    We are seeking two freelance artist educators from different disciplines within the visual and performing arts to work together to lead the creative programme. Artists will be responsible for designing and delivering creative activities, in consultation with Fruitmarket and Starcatchers staff. Creative content will link to the artists own professional skills and interests, and to the Fruitmarket’s exhibition programme. In year 1 the first project will be centred on the artist educators’ practice, and the second linking to the Fruitmarket’s exhibition programme. 

    The Fruitmarket aims to reach people who have been under-represented in audiences, in our team and in the sector and have prioritised increasing representation of disabled people; people who are black, Asian or from an ethnic minority background; and people from a low socio-economic background. The Fruitmarket welcomes all people no matter their age, race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, class, cultural background, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity status. 

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    We welcome applications from individual artists and joint applications from two artists with an existing practice of working together. Artists interested in being considered for these freelance positions should submit the following as one document, on no more than three sides of A4; or as a short 3 – 5 minute video or sound file: 

    • A statement outlining your knowledge, skills and experience in relation to the opportunity, focusing on the above criteria
    • A maximum of six images and/or films via weblink of your work with young children. Please embed images/weblinks into the file 
    • A brief CV 

     Please complete an Equal Opportunities Form to send with your application. Please submit applications by email with the header The Wonder Studio to: 

    Application deadline: Friday 25 June, 5pm 

    DIY Youth-led Programme: Internship for
    16 – 25 year olds

    DIY is the Fruitmarket’s new youth-led programme that has been reimagined following our first youth internships at the gallery. During this one day per week 6-month post, the DIY Youth Intern will develop skills in curating events, delivering one or two creative public projects at the Fruitmarket.

    This is a supported post as part of our Engagement team, and no previous experience is required. Projects can relate to your own arts knowledge, skills or interests and/or relate to the Fruitmarket’s exhibition programme. The shape of projects is open-ended, and could include workshops, talks, a conference, exhibitions, performances, film screenings etc, with the involvement of freelance artists or other creative professionals as appropriate.

    The DIY Youth Intern will be based at the Fruitmarket on Wednesdays.

    The Fruitmarket are aiming to ensure that the gallery staff and programme reflects the diverse people in our communities. This internship is open to applications from 16 – 25 year olds who are from marginalised groups, such as young people who are: from a black or ethnic minority community; disabled; from a low-income background; working class; LGBTQ+; living in care or supported accommodation; a parent; a carer; suffering with long term health issues, including mental health conditions.

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    To apply please provide the following, in written format or as a short 3 – 5 minute video or sound file:

    • A covering letter (no more than 1 side of A4) detailing:
    – why you are interested in the internship
    – what you feel you will gain from the internship
    – how you meet each of the items listed in the Person Specification

    • A brief up to date CV with contact details of two referees (no more than 1 side of A4)

    Please complete the Equal Opportunities Form to send with your application. Please submit applications by email to

    Application deadline: Thursday 8 July, 5pm.

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