A destination gallery with a popular café, a small bookshop and an extensive learning programme for schools and adults
The Fruitmarket Gallery is one of Scotland’s most important contemporary art spaces, hosting exhibitions by a range of influential British and international artists with a particular emphasis on high profile Scots. Over two good-sized levels, the Fruitmarket hosts individual and group shows and have lately featured work by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Toby Paterson, Jim Lambie and Douglas Gordon. Another significant feature of the gallery is its curation of Martin Creed’s Work No.1059: The Scotsman Steps across the road, a permanent piece of public art in which Glaswegian artist Creed has recast one of Edinburgh’s most famous public walkways in various types of marble.
Set in an off street position just above the tracks at Waverley station, the Fruitmarket literally was a fruit and vegetable market following its opening in 1938, and was saved from demolition in 1974 by being brought into permanent use as an arts space. Then it was the shared home of the Scottish Arts Council, the Printmakers Workshop and the New 57 contemporary art gallery, before becoming the Fruitmarket in 1984, a single-use, publicly funded art space.