Black and white image of Will Maclean standing in his studio.

Will Maclean: Points of Departure

City Art Centre

The City Art Centre presents a major retrospective of one of the outstanding Scottish artists of his generation, Will Maclean. Maclean’s work is anchored in the history, archaeology, and literature of the Scottish Highlands and the Highland people, as well as his family background and personal associations with the sea. 

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 linger, to admire and to contemplate the universal themes which he explores. This three floor exhibition traces the development of his work from the 1970s to the present day.

For families A programme of tours, workshops and lectures complement the exhibition. Visit for more details.

Other events at City Art Centre: Don’t miss a series of FREE in-person lunchtime talks across August from artists – Kate Downie – The Art of Crossing (3 Aug, 2pm), Tessa Asquith-Lamb: Treasures and Foxes (4 Aug, 2pm) and Nicola Murray: The Eclectic Back Catalogue (5 Aug, 2pm). There’s also a lecture on George IV’s visit to Edinburgh in 1822 (22 Aug, 2pm).

Will Maclean: Points of Departure


Will Maclean

Ticket Information

Adults (16+) £6.50 / conc. student/senior/ages 12-16 £4.50 / family ticket 2x adult plus 2x child (12-16) £18.50 / under 12s free (1 adult for every 2 children) / carers go free / 50% off entry with National Art Pass

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City Art Centre

2 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1DE

0131 529 3993

Opening times


10am - 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Babychange
  • Café
  • Shop

City Art Centre

2 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1DE

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