The Fruitmarket Gallery is an exciting little space in the heart of Edinburgh that showcases world-class contemporary art. If you've already been to the National Galleries of Scotland, or are just looking to discover something new and unique in the city's art scene, I'd strongly recommend visiting Fruitmarket.
The Gallery showcases solo exhibitions curated in direct collaboration with the artists. It's a unique experience to wander around an art space and be able to explore just one artists' work. In a small space like the Fruitmarket Gallery, it gives the artist a lot of room to display their work and lets the visitor explore that artist in detail and depth. What's more is that the exhibitions are always completely free.
So, what's on right now? You can expect to see a varied exhibition from Mark Wallinger. Utilising film, photography, painting, sculpture, and public art, Wallinger's latest work is a bold exploration of self-identity. From his series of large paintings of the letter 'I,' to sculpture in the form of Wallinger's name painted onto a crowd of chairs, to his 'id' paintings each 360cm high (twice Wallinger's height) and 180cm wide (his arm span.)
This exhibition explores identity and labelling. The work is exciting and contemporary and sits perfectly in the bright modern space of the Gallery. This exhibition will be on until 4th June 2017, so if you're around the city centre pop in to see it!
From 1st July 2017, you'll find the work of Jac Leirner. The exhibition will combine some of Leirner's previous major collections as well as new work created for the Fruitmarket Gallery. Expect to see work constructed from ashtrays stolen from aeroplanes, 'Skin,' an ethereal grid built from cigarette papers stuck to the walls, and an installation built from all the roaches the artist has smoked. The Fruitmarket Gallery consistently delivers exciting work from original artists both Scottish and international.
The Gallery space is relatively small so it won't take too long to wander around. Whilst you're there, I'd recommend exploring the delights of the Gallery bookshop. Here, you'll come across a range of weird and wonderful books, niche hard-to-find titles, fun books and small gifts, and specialist books covering a range of subjects.
The Gallery also hosts a cafe run by MILK. As well as being a bright and beautiful space filled with an abundance of artwork, the cafe serves up excellent coffee and tea, as well as locally sourced food produced on sight. From salads, sandwiches, to daily specials, there's always something delicious on offer. You can sit and watch the traffic of the city go by from the comfort of a cool and cosy space.
You'll find the Fruitmarket Gallery on Market Street, next to Waverley train Station and only a couple of minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Princes Street. This is the perfect central location for an interesting exploration in contemporary art.