A message from Magnus Linklater
Chairman of The Little Sparta Trust
Little Sparta is hugely important to the cultural scene in Scotland. It now needs to reach out to a wider audience. I am writing to ask whether you would be prepared to help the Little Sparta Trust achieve an important new stage in its development, which will significantly improve access for the wider public in Scotland and beyond.
The garden, which has been declared a major artwork itself, and has been described by Sir Roy Strong as the most important created in Britain since the second world war, has been the focus for a year-long artists’ residency, funded by Creative Scotland, which has revealed the inspirational qualities of the garden, and its major significance in influencing Scottish culture today.
It seems clear to us that we must now expand this theme of sharing to the wider public, to engage with an audience that stretches beyond the cultural centre, and broadens access to the garden, so that others too can learn and benefit from its inspirational qualities.
We now have three main objectives:
- To invest in the infrastructure of Little Sparta – disabled access, parking facilities, and the small and somewhat dilapidated, glass-fronted entrance area, where visitors are received.
- To raise the profile of the garden by improving our advertising and membership strategy; by restructuring our web-site; and by establishing a year-long series of art events in conjunction with Edinburgh University/College of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland, our partners.
- To recruit and employ a trainee gardener to work alongside our head gardener, and carry forward the work of managing and maintaining the garden in the tradition of Ian Hamilton Finlay
If you, or an organisation you work for, is able to contribute financially to these objectives then please email the Trust administrator [editor's note: that's me, Laura Robertson] who will arrange a meeting with me.
It is also possible to make small donations via our website.
ML, Edinburgh, March 2017