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Fly the Flag for Human Rights Workshop

Tue 18 Jun, 2–5pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Join us to make a flag marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, part of artist Ai Weiwei’s Fly the Flag project. In this open, creative session you’ll explore what human rights mean to you and make a collective flag using a range of materials including large rolls of paper, fabric and felt.

The flag will be displayed at The Fruitmarket Gallery during Human Rights Week which takes place from 24­-30 June. You can find out more about Fly the Flag here:

This session is for 16–25 year olds as part of Fresh Fruit, our peer-led programme for young adults. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

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Workshop: Sounding Bodies

Thu 21 Feb.2–5.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

In this workshop you will explore new ways of listening with artist Henry McPherson who leads this workshop featuring exercises in sonic meditation, listening to bodies in space, and posing questions about how our identities interact sonically, visually, and physically with the world around us. Participants are invited to bring audio recorders, musical instruments, and things that make noise.

This workshop will take place in a mixture of the gallery and outdoor locations. Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoors.

Henry McPherson was one of the artists who took part in Open Bodies, a residency programme for artists working with performance with an interest in gender and/or sexuality. This programme was designed jointly by Despina (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and The Fruitmarket Gallery with support from British Council and Creative Scotland. In September 2018 Henry shared studio space in Despina with fellow artists Stephanie Black-Daniels, Vinícius Pinto Rosa and Miro Spinelli. There will be installations, performance and traces of the four artists’ work in the gallery on the day and in the evening (6.30–8.30pm) there will be live presentations from Henry McPherson and Stephanie Black-Daniels.

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WORKSHOP: Aniela Piasecka

Tue 19 Feb. 6–7.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Work with dancer and performance artist Aniela Piasecka on the themes and ideas of her new work Passé. In this small group workshop you will explore how the personal can be used to create shared experiences, discussing how to set ideas into a performance.

You will be encouraged to use simple movements and spoken words drawing on your own experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, you do not need to have previous dance or movement experience. Comfortable clothing recommended.

Workshop participants are welcome to stay on for Aniela’s performance which will be performed in the Gallery after the workshop, 8–8.20pm. You can book your free ticket for the performance on Eventbrite.

Curated by Katherine Midgley, Kaycee Moore, Nic Ruecroft and Sandra Stole as part of the MScR in Collections and Curating Practices at Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh).

Image: Freestyle Baby, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2018. Photograph by Maxim Northover.

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Colourful Characters: 0 – 18 months session

Tue 12 Feb, 11–11.30am. Free. Book via Eventbrite.

In this week of artistic exploration and adventure with your little ones, we are offering a colourful mix of art, music, storytelling and theatre brought to you by performance specialists Starcatchers.

This is a session designed for 0–18 months by early years theatre maker Heather Fulton, award-winning productions include Paperbelle, Too Many Penguins? and Valentina’s Galaxy.

Image: Courtesy of Aberdeen Performing Arts and photographer Richard Frew.


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Young Creatives – workshop for 12–15 year olds

Sun 13 Jan,  4–6pm. 12 places for 12–15 year olds. Free.

Explore Emma Hart’s exhibition BANGER using a variety of materials, techniques and discussion activities with trained Fresh Fruit Leaders and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and will include clay, installation, pattern and colour.

Booking essential. To book call the bookshop on 0131 226 8181 or email

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Fresh Fruit: Teens for 12–15 year olds

Sun 13 May, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.
To book a place email the bookshop on or call 0131 226 8181.

Explore Lozano’s exhibition in a series of workshops using a variety of materials, techniques and discussion activities, led and supported by trained Fresh Fruit Leaders and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and will include drawing, painting, performance, sculpture and writing.

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