Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art and was named one of the ‘top 10 masterpieces of Scottish art‘ by the Guardian in 2014, having been voted ‘the nation’s greatest work of art’ in a survey of leading art experts in a poll by the Scotsman on Sunday 10 years earlier. The garden is created from the artistic fusion of poetic and sculptural elements with the natural landscape shaped and changed to become an inherent part of the overall work. Professor Andrew Patrizio will discuss this hugely significant Scottish artwork in a contemporary context as his 2016-17 project has explored the fusion of different art forms through the work of selected, practising artists. The project hosted 6 resident artists at Little Sparta, creating a new discussion around the 1966 garden. The work of poets Peter Manson, Tom Clark and Jerry Loose, sound artist Martin Parker and visual artists Sarah Rose and Sarah Tripp has brought a new perspective to the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, his ideas and the of 275 individual pieces that merge to make Little Sparta.