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Fiona Bradley has an MA in art history from Cambridge University and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute London, where her research was in surrealism and blasphemy. She started her curatorial career at Tate Liverpool, where she made exhibitions with Rachel Whiteread, Andreas Gursky, Paula Rego and Susan Hiller, and the Hayward Gallery, London, where, among other exhibitions, she co-curated Douglas Gordon’s major solo exhibition ‘what have I done’.
She has been Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh since 2003, where she has curated exhibitions and produced important publications with Scottish and international artists including Louise Bourgeois, Ellen Gallagher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Fred Sandback, Eva Hesse, Bill Bollinger, Callum Innes, Christine Borland, Tony Swain, Martin Creed, Claire Barclay, Lucy Skaer, Jim Lambie, Stan Douglas and Gabriel Orozco. In 2011 she commissioned Martin Creed’s award-winning Work 1059, a work of permanent public sculpture on Edinburgh’s historic Scotsman Steps.
She was a member of the Turner Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Award juries in 2007 and the Max Mara Art Prize for women in 2016, and in 2011 was the curator for Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Biennale.