Fruitmarket Gallery U-turn on unpaid assistants

Fruitmarket Gallery. Picture: Dan Phillips
Fruitmarket Gallery. Picture: Dan Phillips
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ONE of Edinburgh’s leading contemporary art galleries has been forced to make a U-turn on hiring unpaid assistants after a row broke out on its Facebook page.

Earlier this week, The Fruitmarket Gallery advertised for people to help install artworks.

It described the role as an “exciting, one-off opportunity” to install Jim Lambie’s art work Zobop for its forthcoming show.

The advert said it was looking for up to eight people to commit to working a minimum of six days each over a 12-day installation period on the work.

The volunteers, who were to work alongside the gallery’s staff, were offered lunch, an exhibition catalogue and an invite to the show’s private view show “as a thank you”.

But the “free” labour plan sparked anger among the art community and last night the gallery said it would now hire paid installers.