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News & Projects

Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work continues to be exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the focus of numerous events, conferences and symposia. These pages highlight new projects at Little Sparta and around the world.

The podcast series ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay Conversations’ was initiated as part of Sharing Little Sparta. Hosted by Andrew Patrizio, the podcasts featured here are part of a growing series focussing exclusively on the art of Ian Hamilton Finlay and the garden at Little Sparta. They form part of the online archive developed by the Little Sparta Trust and we are grateful to all those involved to date.

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    Circumnavigation: IHF, Little Sparta & Rousay

    by Malcolm Fraser. I worked at Little Sparta in the 1980s, with Andy the stonemason, and we sometimes stayed over, sleeping in the Garden Temple, with evenings talking by the

  • Obituary: Ian Gardner, 1944-2019

    by Dr Patrick Eyres. Ian Gardner was born in Lancaster on 7th November 1944 and died there on 10th June 2019, of a heart attack, at the age of 74.

  • Keith Bailey, 1929-2017: An Appreciation by Patrick Eyres

    An essay by Dr Patrick Eyres. This drawing, by Chris Broughton (fig. 1), salutes the way that the craftsmanship of Keith Bailey articulates the poetry of Ian Hamilton Finlay. It

  • Little Sparta Residency Announcement 2018

    We are pleased to announce details of the 2018 Little Sparta Residency Programme funded by The Bridge Awards. The Glasgow-based artist and writer John Farrell uses photography, text, video, found/archival

  • Drew Milne

    This Podcast was recorded at the University of Edinburgh on 14 July 2017. It is introduced by Professor Andrew Patrizio and features an interview with Dr. Drew Milne. Drew Milne

  • Susan Stewart

    This Podcast was recorded at Little Sparta on 15 July 2017. It is introduced by Professor Andrew Patrizio and features an interview with Susan Stewart. A poet, critic, and translator,

  • Nancy Perloff

    This Podcast was recorded at Little Sparta on 15 July 2017. It is introduced by Professor Andrew Patrizio and features an interview with Nancy Perloff. Dr. Nancy Perloff is Curator,

  • Yves Abrioux

    This Podcast was recorded at Little Sparta on 15 July 2017. It is introduced by Professor Andrew Patrizio and features an interview with Yves Abrioux. Yves Abrioux is Professor Emeritus

  • Stephen Bann

    This Podcast was recorded at Little Sparta on 15 July 2017. It is introduced by Professor Andrew Patrizio and features an interview with Professor Stephen Bann. Professor Bann is Emeritus

  • Little Fields, Long Horizons – Ian Hamilton Finlay Symposium

    This two-day symposium, organised by the University of Edinburgh, will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on Ian Hamilton Finlay. As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after