The exhibition opens with a group of busts arranged together in two tiers. They are reminiscent of a jury, a stadium crowd, people waiting at a bus stop. They look at each other, at us, and out to the gallery bookshop and the city streets beyond. They are joined by a selection of works on paper; heads painted in quick, deft gestures. In the light of the airy upper exhibition gallery is a selection of small, painted clay figures and heads that Silver describes as being like an action you do with the hand – figures swiftly modelled, fired, then painted on, the movement of the brush fusing with that of the hand and eye. On the walls are small drawings that capture the dynamism of the figure in movement, and the sculptures are grouped together on tables that have legs like people do, with large, lumpen feet. The effect is of matter coming into being, as though the very tables have life and spirit. The Warehouse hosts a group of abstracted clay totems/vessels which form relationships with each other, with the space and with us as we move around and between them, raising questions about what it is to look.

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45 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1DF

0131 2252383


Opening times

Open seven days, all year round

Gallery spaces

Open Daily 11am–6pm

Café and Bookshop

Open Daily 10am–6pm

No booking required, all exhibtions are free.

Social distancing is required throughout the Fruitmarket so please keep a 1 metre distance from others and wear a face covering, unless exempt. This is for everyone’s safety and the Fruitmarket is happy to provide face coverings to you when you arrive.

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