23 May - 4 October 2020

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was an internationally renowned Scottish artist and also Britain’s most significant concrete poet of the 20th century. This major exhibition focuses on the maritime theme in Finlay’s work. It was a central element of his art, and one to which he returned throughout his life.

Drawn from the artist’s estate and the City Art Centre’s collection, and including loans from the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition showcases artworks from across several decades, ranging from stone, wood and neon sculptures to tapestry. The show also features prints, postcards and booklets from Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press.

Exhibition in partnership with the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay and presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.


From Sea to City: Ian Hamilton Finlay

26 May - 10 October 2020

To coincide with Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay the Scottish Poetry Library presents a display of works by Finlay drawn from its archive.

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. 0131 557 2876


Bus to Little Sparta

Little Sparta, the garden at Stonypath, in the Pentland Hills, where Finlay lived and worked for 40 years is considered one of Scotland’s greatest 20th century artworks. Buses to Little Sparta depart at 11.30am from the Scottish Poetry Library on certain Saturdays in June, July, August and September 2020. For further information and how to book go to littlesparta.org.uk/visit

Little Sparta, Stonypath, Dunsyre ML11 8NG. 07826 495 677


Ian Hamilton Finlay (with Patrick Caulfield) 'Marine' 1968

Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay