The Fruitmarket Gallery


Edinburgh’s home for independent contemporary art is Fruitmarket, a unique space first opened in the mid-1970s. Having hosted dozens of solo exhibitions for some of the UK and Europe’s most exciting artists, the gallery has now reopened after significant refurbishment and aims to continue bringing boundary-pushing art to the epicentre of Old and New Town.

Since opening in 1974, Fruitmarket Gallery has proved itself as one of the top galleries in the capital for contemporary art. The name derives from the fact that the building it is housed in was originally used as a fruit and vegetable market. Many important exhibitions have taken place there over the years, including by artists Janet Cardiff, Alex Hartley, Nathan Coley, and many more. The gallery is also involved in art projects taking place outside of their premises. One of its recent successes was its commissioning of ‘The Scotsman Steps’ – artist Martin Creed’s redevelopment of the 104 steps linking Waverley Station and North Bridge.

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