For 45 years the Fruitmarket has worked together with artists and audiences, trusting them to experiment, to take risks, to think creatively. As the coronavirus pandemic hit, we were poised to deliver a new future for the Fruitmarket, with new programmes for our audiences and new opportunities for artists through a major expansion and redevelopment project – OPEN OUT.
We were on course to open this summer when COVID-19 brought building progress to a complete standstill and closed BookMarket, our temporary space in Waverley Mall. Building work has now resumed, but we are now several months behind schedule and facing increased costs. In addition, the virus has severely compromised our ability to generate the income we need to keep delivering our programme.
Our aim is to re-open in early 2021. As we work towards that, we plan to deliver an interim programme offering as many people as possible a way to keep thinking with art in a way that is meaningful for them — whether by developing a new socially-distanced and safe way for you to participate in the Fruitmarket commissioned Night Walk for Edinburgh; by working with freelance artists to provide art activities for patients at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children; or by supporting the many artists that we have worked with and want to work with so that they can continue to make work now and in the future. To do this, we need your support.
Make a donation today towards our COVID-19 RECOVERY FUND and play an important part in securing the future of the Fruitmarket.
To help bring the Fruitmarket and it programmes back to all of our audiences as soon as possible, you can also donate to our OPEN OUT campaign. Please visit our unique Gift Registry where you can choose to fund a specific part of the building – from coat hooks and toilet roll holders to an artist-designed drinking fountain.
Support the Fruitmarket. Support contemporary art in Scotland. THANK YOU.
40 x 40 exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, 2019. Photo: Sally Jubb and Primary school visit to The Fruitmarket Gallery to experience Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh, 2019. Photo: Chris Scott