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Fresh Fruit Leader Training

Thu 28 Mar, 6–8pm. Free. 8 places for 16–25 year olds. Book via Eventbrite

Learn how to lead and support arts workshops for young people and become a Fresh Fruit Leader, supported by artists Louise Fraser and Natasha Ruwona. You’ll find out how to plan and deliver arts and discussion-based activities inspired by the Senga Nengudi exhibition, with the opportunity to put your skills into practice to deliver Young Creatives Workshops on Sun 14 Apr and Sun 12 May.

About the Senga Nengudi exhibition
We are delighted to bring to the Fruitmarket Gallery the first solo institutional exhibition of the work of Senga Nengudi outside the United States. Originally organised by the Henry Moore Institute, the exhibition brings together pioneering sculpture, photography and documentation of performance from 1969 to the present, including recreations of work not seen since the 1970s and a major new installation.

Born in Chicago in 1943, Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazer in sculpture for fifty years. A vital figure in the avant-garde scenes of Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and 1970s, her work is characterised by a persistently radical experimentation with material and form.

Among Nengudi’s earliest works are her Untitled (Water Composition)sculptures from the late 1960s–1970s. Made from heat-sealed transparent vinyl and filled with coloured water, these works have been unseen for forty years, and a number have been recreated especially for this exhibition. Undermining the static and industrial tendencies of Minimalist sculpture, these abstract water sculptures hang and flop with the weight of a body, mimicking flesh while responding to the viewer’s touch.

The R.S.V.P. series is perhaps Nengudi’s best known body of work, and the exhibition includes several significant examples. Begun in 1975, the works are made with nylon tights stretched, knotted, filled with sand and mounted between the walls and the floor. Nengudi has referred to these influential pieces as ‘abstracted reflections of used bodies’ and they remain powerful, yet humble, icons of the triumphs and traumas of the human body. As well as exhibiting them as sculpture, Nengudi used them in performance, and the exhibition includes the triptych of photographs Performance Piece(1978), in which Maren Hassinger, a long-time collaborator and choreographer, interacts with R.S.V.P. sculptures.

Much of Nengudi’s work has been informed by her longstanding interest in spiritual rituals across cultures. Ceremony for Freeway Fets(1978) comprises eleven photographs documenting a performance Nengudi made with Hassinger, David Hammons and members of the Studio Z collective in a Los Angeles freeway underpass in 1978. A new Sandmining installation was made specially for the exhibition, and is shown alongside elements from the Wet Night – Early Dawn – Scat Chant – Pilgrim’s Song series from the 1990s, the works together exploring the artist’s ongoing investigations into the commonalities of different belief systems and pilgrimage.

Offering an expansive overview of Nengudi’s practice and shedding light on the work of a figure fundamental to Postminimalism, this exhibition asserts Nengudi’s vital position within a generation of artists who redefined the possibilities of sculpture and representations of race and gender, while drawing upon a tradition of abstraction.

This exhibition is curated by Laurence Sillars, Head of Henry Moore Institute Programmes and is currently showing at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds from  21 September 2018 – 17 February 2019.

Organised by the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Curated by Laurence Sillars, Head of Henry Moore Institute Programmes

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Photo: Sally Jubb Photography 

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LINK Party

Sun 24 Feb. 7–10pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Get together for LINK, the closing party celebrating art and connectedness. Make your mark in badge and banner making, creating something you can take home, and reflect on togetherness in film documentation of the past two weeks of creativity. Dance the night away to Ritmoclectic beats (Afro/ Latin/Electronic) by DJ Domcore. One free cocktail or mocktail per person, while stocks last.

Curated by Fresh Fruit, the Fruitmarket’s open peer led group for young adults aged 16–25.

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Cut Fold Bind: Bookmaking Workshop for 16–25 year olds

Sat & Sun 28–29 April, 11am–5pm. Free. 15 places. To book a place email the bookshop on bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk or call 0131 226 8181.

Inspired by Lozano’s drawings, notebooks and instruction works, this project with artist Catherine Hiley will introduce a range of bookmaking techniques, looking at how form, content, production and structure inform each other. Participants will make books that explore the small, intimate and direct nature of this medium. The books will be displayed in the gallery at the end of the workshop.

Fresh Fruit is a programme for young people to work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Using our exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook @FreshFruit1625

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Party Piece: Escape, Marvel, Create for 16–25 year olds

Thu 29 Mar, 7–10pm. Free. Drinks served. Book via Eventbrite.

Escape to the marvellous in a free youth-focused evening of live music, fantasy, performance and action set within Lee Lozano’s exhibition Slip Slide Splice.

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s youth group Fresh Fruit’s second collaboration with the open collective Artesfera brings the exhibition to life with a packed programme playing with instructions and the humorous side of Lozano’s work.

**Surrealist soundscapes by Dominic Corbett & Dee Learious**

**Dialogue booth**

**“Outside of the artworld gallery”** – bring your body-themed 2D work to display

**Fantasy scroll**

**Rate Lozano’s artworks**

Body-inspired costumes encouraged!

One free cocktail or mocktail per person. Lozano inspired snacks provided. Bar open.

Artesfera is an open collective aiming to bring creative people together to organise events, and form a grassroots community for up-and-coming talent. This addresses an need in the Edinburgh area to support and connect undiscovered creatives with a wider arts scene.

Fresh Fruit is The Fruitmarket Gallery’s programme for young people who work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Using Fruitmarket exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook @FreshFruit1625

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Fresh Fruit: Tweens for 8–11 year olds – Photography and Me

14 Jan, 10–11am, Free for 8–11 year olds. Book via Eventbrite

These workshops designed for 8–11 year olds take place on the second Sunday of the month. In the workshop Artist Louise Fraser will explore themes, ideas and materials in Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition.

January’s workshop is entitled Photography and Me, a morning of playing with dressing up and performance to make self portraits.

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Fresh Fruit Leader Training for ages 16–25

Wed 29 Nov, 6–8pm. 8 places. Book via Eventbrite

Learn to lead and support arts workshops for young people and become a Fresh Fruit Leader, supported by artist Louise Fraser. You’ll find out how to plan and deliver arts and discussion-based activities inspired by the exhibition, with the opportunity to put your skills into practice to deliver workshops for 12–15 year olds on the second Sundays of the month.

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Fresh Fruit: Tweens for 8-11 year olds

12 Nov, 10–11am, Free for 8–11 year olds. Book via Eventbrite

These new workshops designed for 8–11 year olds take place on the Second Sunday of the month. In the workshop Artist Louise Fraser will explore themes, ideas and materials in Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition. November’s workshop is entitled Body of Work, you will explore sculpture and identity by making giant totem poles as tall as you!

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