Little Sparta pictures are a coup for Falkirk gallery

Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition
Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition

Those involved with The Park Gallery are proud of their coup in capturing the Artist Rooms exhibition of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work for Falkirk.

Running until November 16, ‘Nature over again after Poussin 1979-1980’ features 11 black and white photographs, each in halves, mounted separately in a hinged frame and accompanied by recorded flute music.

The photographs depict the artist’s garden, Little Sparta, in the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh.

Voted the nation’s ‘greatest work of art’ by The Falkirk Herald’s sister paper, Scotland on Sunday, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden is justifiably a major artwork as it features both horticultural elements and individual works in such 
materials as stone, wood and metal.

Neighbouring districts influenced Mr Finlay: he was educated at Dollar Academy and has memories of Hopetoun House where his grandfather was in charge of the sawmill.

The works on display are taken from Artist Rooms, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland.

Various events and workshops have been arranged to tie in with The Park Gallery exhibition, with the first on Sunday, September 8 when there will be a trip leaving Callendar House going to Little Sparta.

Described as a “place for contemplation, intellectual receptiveness and enjoyment”, the garden is a must-see visit for all those interested in the artist’s work. The cost of the outing is £17.

On September 25 there will be an introduction to Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work by Ken Cockburn, then on October 5, archaeologist Geoff Bailey will lead a ‘Walk and Talk in Callendar Park.

Landscape designer Tracy Rich will host ‘What are Gardens For?’ on October 24 and two days later there will be a printmaking workshop in Callendar House.

To find out more or book tickets, call (01324) 506850 or visit the Steeple Box Office.