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Will Maclean’s work is rooted in the history, archaeology, and literature of the Scottish Highlands and the Highland people, as well as his personal associations with the sea. His first ambition was to follow in his father’s footsteps and go to sea. A failed eye test cut short his maritime career and Maclean entered Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in 1961. He spent another period at sea in 1968 as a ring-net fisherman which led to a bursary in 1973 that enabled him to study this traditional fishing method. This huge body of work is now in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and was an important breakthrough for the artist. Perhaps best known for his wall constructions, Maclean is equally at home in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video and installation. Combining exquisitely hand-made pieces with found or (on occasions) mass produced objects, his work balances between simplicity and complexity and invites the viewer to consider the universal themes he explores. This major exhibition, which spans almost fifty years of his work, is accompanied by a new publication and an extensive events programme.

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Adult Ticket (16yrs +) £6.50
Concession (Student/Senior/Child 12-16) £4.50

Family Ticket 2 x Adult plus 2 x child (12-16) £18.50
Child under 12 go free (1 adult for every 2 children)

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City Art Centre

2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE Scotland

0131 5293993

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