Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Seafaring Legacy at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre

Ian Hamilton Finlay (with Patrick Caulfield), 'Marine', 1968. © The Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Photo - Antonia Reeve
Ian Hamilton Finlay (with Patrick Caulfield), 'Marine', 1968. © the estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Photo - Antonia Reeve


Daily 10:00 - 17:00

From: 22 May 2021

To: 3 Oct 2021

City Art Centre
2 Market St
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is showing a major exhibition of the work of internationally-renowned Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006), acknowledged as Britain’s most significant concrete poet of the last century.

Focusing on the maritime theme in his work, to which he returned throughout his life, the pieces are drawn from his estate, the Centre’s collection, and loans from the National Galleries of Scotland, and span several decades. Stone, wood, neon sculptures, tapestry, and prints, postcards and booklets from Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press all attest to Finlay’s interest in nautical themes across a variety of media.

The show is mounted in partnership with the artist’s Estate and presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2021 and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. Admission is free via the gallery’s website, and tickets afford access to other free exhibits in the Centre: four works by Joan Eardley – part of the nationwide programme of events marking the centenary of her birth – and Charles H Mackie: Colour and Light until 10th October. There are various supporting talks and features online.

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