Talks, Events and Tours


Talks Programme

All talks are recorded and are available online after the event. Booking is recommended, to guarantee your place: call 0131 226 8181, email or visit Eventbrite.


Artist’s Talk: Stan Douglas
Friday 7 November, 5pm – 6pm. Free.
Artist Stan Douglas in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

If you were unable to join us for the Artist’s Talk, you can listen to Stan Douglas in conversation with Fiona Bradley here.


Panel Discussion: Projections, Constructions, Corruptions: The Work of Stan Douglas
Tuesday 18 November, 6.30pm – 8pm. £6/5 conc.
Dr Maeve Connolly (IADT, Dublin), Professor SimonKirby (University of Edinburgh) and Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland/Walker Art Center, Minneapolis) explore different aspects of Stan Douglas’s practice, from the ways in which he uses analogue and digital technologies, to his complex staging of ‘historical fictions’. Chaired by Dr Sarah Cook (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee).


Talk: Simultaneity: History in the Present
Wednesday 28 January, 6.30-8pm. Free.
Professor Mieke Bal (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) considers some of the artistic strategies that Stan Douglas deploys – from ‘making time thick’, to putting the image in movement, and bringing the past to life.



Join us for a week of events offering a different experience of Stan Douglas’s exhibition.

Introducing Weegee: David Hopkins
Tuesday 25 November, 7pm. £5. Part of ‘Previously…Scotland’s History Festival’
Known for his stark black and white street photography, the imagery of photographer and photojournalist Weegee’s work sits behind Douglas’s photographic series Midcentury Studio. Hear Hopkins (University of Glasgow) talk about this enigmatic figure, credited with an uncanny ability to beat the police to crime scenes in post-war New York. 

Murder at The Fruitmarket Gallery
Saturday 29 November, 7.30-10.30pm. £5.
As part of Scottish Book Week Scotland we’re hosting an evening of crime at the Gallery. With readings from Tartan Noir author Doug Johnstone, the Gallery has also commissioned a new short story from Hannah McGill which will be premiered on the night. Casting a spell over the evening and taking us back in time to the post-war era will be an exclusive performance from Jazz chanteuse and La Clique star Becc Sanderson alongside a private viewing of Stan Douglas’s exhibition.

Edinburgh Noir Photographic Workshop
Monday 5 January; Thursday 22 January, 3-6.30pm. £45.
The Fruitmarket Gallery and Iconic Photo Tours have partnered to offer an exclusive Edinburgh Noir Photography Workshop inspired by the Stan Douglas exhibition. Beginning with a guided tour through the Gallery, Iconic’s Tutors will then take over. Studying the low-key urban composites in detail and developing the photographic technique needed to achieve a similar outcome, Iconic Tutors will then take you to a number of locations so you can get your very own “inspired by” Stan Douglas photographs.

Once you have mastered the technique, you will return to The Fruitmarket Gallery for a brief editing workflow to get the very best from your photographs, all followed by a Q&A session.



All tours are free, to book please call 0131 225 2383 or email


Amplified Tour
Thursday 12 February, 2-3pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour designed with portable FM hearing loops, for visitors who are hard of hearing.


Descriptive Tour
Thursday 12 February, 6.30-8pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour designed for visually impaired visitors. Including detailed descriptions of Jim Lambie’s work and practice, this tour is open to everyone.

Group Tours. Including an introduction to the exhibition, bookings must be made in advance. 


Saturday Tours. Open to everyone, why not drop-in for a free tour at 2pm each Saturday. No booking necessary.



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