Fruitmarket Gallery

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Fruitmarket Gallery
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Fruitmarket Gallery is located in Edinburgh
Fruitmarket Gallery
Location within Edinburgh
Established1901; 118 years ago (1901)
Location45 Market Street
Edinburgh, E1
United Kingdom
Coordinates55°57′05″N 3°11′30″W / 55.9513094°N 3.191632°W / 55.9513094; -3.191632Coordinates: 55°57′05″N 3°11′30″W / 55.9513094°N 3.191632°W / 55.9513094; -3.191632
DirectorFiona Bradley

The Fruitmarket Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located in the centre of the city on Market Street, beside Edinburgh Waverley railway station.[1]


The gallery, which opened in 1974, is located in a building which was originally built as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938. In 1994, the building was renovated by Richard Murphy Architects to assume its current form. It has a café and a bookshop which stocks art, architecture, design and photography books and magazines, along with a range of books for children.

Some of the Scotsman Steps

In 2011 the gallery was involved in commissioning The Scotsman Steps. These 104 steps which link Waverley Station to North Bridge were opened in 1899. They were redesigned by Martin Creed (Work No.1059) to incorporate a different type of marble for each step in 2011.[2]

In 2018 the gallery announced that it was to be revamped by architects Reiach and Hall with a new extension to a nearby warehouse, the former Electric Circus nightclub.[3] This second attempt at building improvement will cost an estimated £3.7m and it is scheduled to open in 2020.[1]

Exhibitions have included international artists such as Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Cai Guo-Qiang, Alex Hartley and Roman Signer. Scottish contemporary artists are also well represented in the exhibit programme by the likes of Callum Innes, Christine Borland, Nathan Coley, Louise Hopkins, Lucy Skaer and Emma Hart. With the exhibitions, there is a wide range of learning lectures, events and programmes for visitors.


  1. ^ a b "ARTS NEWS: Fruitmarket Gallery unveils details of £3.7m revamp, GOMA to open show dedicated to Margaret Tait". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The story of The Scotsman Steps". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Planners back nightclub gallery extension". BBC News. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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