Key facts about the artist

Bee Library (2012)

Alec’s work reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we relate to landscape
Lives and works
Shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize (2010)
Works as
Artist, Poet and Publisher


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About Alec's work

Alec Finlay creates poetry and art and works across a range of media and forms, from sculpture and collage, to audio-visual, neon and new technologies. For GENERATION, Alec is showing Global Oracle, a sculptural and text work which looks at the relationship between bee behaviour and navigation, prophecy in Ancient Greece, and GPS satellite navigation systems.


Alec Finlay (b. 1966) is artist and poet based in Edinburgh. Recent projects include Swarm (ASX): an apicultural model of the global speculative financial system at the 18th Biennale of Sydney; Sweeney’s Bothy, a collaboration with The Bothy Project to create a hut for artist-residencies on the Isle of Eigg; and Tigh, Scotland’s National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donors at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, opening September 2014. Winner of two Scottish Design Awards and shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize and the Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience (ALICE) Awards, Finlay has published over twenty books, including today today today (Playspace, 2013), A Company of Mountains (Atlas, 2013) Be My Reader (Shearsman, 2012), and Question Your Teaspoons (Calder Wood Press, 2012).

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