This funky gallery started life as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938 and was transformed into a visual arts space in 1974. Its ‘Bookmarket’ events are not to be missed with artists, designers, publishers and makers from the Gallery’s extended creative community presenting their wares. And its bookshop is terribly tempting.
The Fruitmarket Gallery exhibits art created by both Scottish and international artists in a glass fronted gallery which allows plenty of natural light in, also showcasing their cafe and bookshop, where you can buy beautifully designed art and design books.
After being rescued by the Scottish Arts Council from demolition in 1974, the building was shared between the Scottish Arts Council, the New 57 Gallery and the Printmakers Workshop. In 1984 it became an independent space, and has delighted and provoked ever since. The gallery also hosts a learning program which encourages children and young people to explore artistic ideas and practices.