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.

  • Book Talk by James Macdonald Lockhart

    Little Sparta is hosting James Macdonald Lockhart who will be giving a talk on his new book ‘Wild Air: In Search of Birdsong’ in Ian Hamilton Finlay’s library. Come and

  • Minibus transport to Little Sparta 2024

    Little Sparta – the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay – is located 25 miles from the centre of Edinburgh in a rural setting in the Pentland Hills. The nearest bus

  • Letter Carving Course

    Letter Carving in Wood at Little Sparta As promised, we are back with a second letter carving in wood course. Our September 2024 course will take place in Ian Hamilton

  • An Obituary for David Paterson

    David Paterson, 1945-2023 In a commercial and advertising career lasting more than three decades, the Scottish photographer David Paterson was among the most eminent in his field. Admired by his

  • Appreciation of Janet Boulton

    Janet Boulton, 1936-2024 Janet Boulton, the painter, gardener and friend of Ian Hamilton Finlay, died peacefully in hospital on 24th January 2024 at the age of eighty-seven. In the early

  • Redcroft Garden Opening

    Anna and James Buxton are opening their Edinburgh garden, Redcroft,  in May and the Little Sparta Trust is one of the beneficiaries. The dates are Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th

  • Exhibition by Robin Gillanders

    Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Sparta and Collaborations Photographs by Robin Gillanders 6WS Gallery 6 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NH The exhibition presents important photographs made at Little Sparta, the garden

  • Wood Carving Course Report

    Teaching an intensive, letter carving in wood course at Little Sparta on a late October weekend was a rather special and enjoyable experience. The first day was sunny and bright,

  • Moths at Little Sparta

    Moths at Little Sparta From any hill top in South Lanarkshire, such as Tinto the distant vista of rolling hills and valleys is a charming sight especially on a day

  • Exhibition by Francis Hamel

    Exhibition of Paintings by Francis Hamel A forthcoming exhibition in London is featuring paintings of the garden at Little Sparta. The artist Francis Hamel spent a few days at Little Sparta