The Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street


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The Fruitmarket Gallery
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The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. We recognise that art can change lives and we offer an intimate encounter with art for free.

We make exhibitions, commissions and publications directly in collaboration with artists. We celebrate new thinking, and offer an international platform for artists, curators and writers, whether they have made their reputation here or abroad.

The Fruitmarket Gallery welcomes all audiences. We make it easy for everyone to engage with art, encouraging questions and supporting debate.

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Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00- 17.00

Admission charges


International and British contemporary art

Collection details

Architecture, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography, Science and Technology, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Fred Sandback, Fred Tomaselli, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Koons, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Bill Viola, Tracey Moffatt, Gerhard Richter, Dalziel + Scullion, Smith/Stewart, Graham Fagen, Victoria Morton, Ross Sinclair, Martin Boyce, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Anne Bevan, Alison Watt
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Tania Kovats, Only Blue

Tania Kovats, Oceans

  • 15 March — 25 May 2014 *on now

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s spring exhibition is a major solo exhibition of the work of British artist Tania Kovats. Kovats’s practice encompasses sculpture, installation and large-scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. She is best known for Tree (2009), a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum; and Rivers, a, large-scale sculpture in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh, and this new exhibition focuses on her fascination with the sea.

A highlight of the exhibition is All the Sea, an ambitious new work which presents water from all the world’s seas, collected by the artist with the help of a global network of people drawn in by the poetry of the idea of bringing all the waters of the world to one place. Bottles of seawater have been arriving at The Fruitmarket Gallery and at the artist’s studio from all over the world since late 2012, and the network of connections that the piece represents has grown week by week.

All the Sea is joined by new and existing work all of which have to do in some way with the sea. Sculptures referencing cliff formations; a machine that mimics the formation of mountains; a new sculpture in the form of a reef of proliferating barnacles; a re-orientation of the world in favour of the ocean drawn on a collection of obsolete atlases; a work exploring what happens when two or more seas meet and a selection of drawings of and with seawater combine in an evocative presentation of the impact of the sea.

Drawing – both her own and other people’s - is a key part of Kovats’ practice. In 2007, she wrote The Drawing Book (Black Dog, 2007), and she has long been interested what drawing can do. For Oceans, she has made a new book, Drawing Water. Believing that drawing is a mechanism for exploration as much as a tool for representation, Kovats brings together in the book drawings by map-makers, writers, shipbuilders, whalers, soldiers, sailors, artists, archaeologists, cartographers, scientists, uranographers, engineers and dreamers - a diverse selection united by the sense that in making the drawing they were looking for something. A selection of Kovats’s own drawing and writing anchors the book which attempts to construct, in the artist’s words, ‘a portolan, a chart drawn at sea to guide a sailor from one safe harbour to the next’.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Detail of work by Tania Kovats, All the Sea, 2012-14

Streams of Story: 
An evening of water tales

  • 24 April 2014 6:30-8:30pm *on now

To celebrate Tania Kovat’s Oceans, The Fruitmarket Gallery presents a fun evening of water tastings, poetry and a chance to hear stories from the water collectors who helped Tania Kovats bring the world’s seas to The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Shetland poet Jen Hadfield will be travelling over sea and land reading work resonant with the themes of the exhibition. Water sommelier Ericka Duffy will also be bringing her tasting skills to the Gallery, giving you a flavour of different mineral waters from around the world.

Supported by The Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund.

To book, call 0131 226 8181 or email

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5/£4 conc.


Cover image of Tania Kovats' Drawing Water publication

Seminar: Casting Nets

  • 28 April 2014 6-8pm

Nicholas Alfrey (Associate Professor, University of Nottingham), Penelope Curtis (Director, Tate Britain), Philip Hoare (author of The Sea Inside, 2013) and Stephanie Straine (Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool) discuss Oceans, Tania Kovats’ practice, and the accompanying publication Drawing Water in relation to the British landscape tradition, Land Art and the exploratory nature of drawing.
Chaired by Fiona Bradley.

To book call 0131 226 8181 or email


£5/£4 conc.