Season's Greetings From Dovecot

Season’s Greetings and a look ahead to 2021

We know this year did not quite go as planned, but we hope our 2021 programme will bring excitement and illumination to tapestry, art and design.

Following government guidance, Dovecot is currently closed to the public. While we know there is still uncertainty on the horizon, we will reopen as soon as the current restrictions are lifted. That's why we are delighted to share our future programme, featuring new online events as well as tapestries, design fairs and exhibitions.

This year Dovecot has collaborated with Walter Price, Matt Connors, Garry Fabian Miller, Dione Verulam and the Estates of Wilhelmina Barns Graham, Leon Kossoff and J.M.W. Turner to create or develop new tapestries and gun-tufted artworks. In 2021, we are looking forward to showcasing work at COLLECT, the international art fair for contemporary craft and design from 26 February – 2 March 2021.

The Tapestry Studio team are creating the monumental new tapestry, Minerva protects Pax from Mars 2020-21, inspired by the work of Leon Kossoff. This project is a commission with Parabola, the visionary developer behind Edinburgh Park, a new public realm in the west of the city. This commission represents the importance of tapestry as a public art form in Scotland and is a statement of intent for Edinburgh. In Spring, Dovecot will announce a series of new tapestries including a new work to celebrate Joan Eardley.

Highlights of the Exhibitions programme include a new digital version of Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant to be launched in January, a major retrospective of Scottish weaver Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!, plus Raphael 500 Years – an innovative immersive show that explores the artist's life and work using 21st Century technology and The Lost Boat Party with Jock McFadyen RA. The Balcony Gallery will feature The Art of Being an Apprentice showcasing Dovecot's training programme for skills in tapestry weaving.

Alongside the work of the Studios, Dovecot will celebrate the work of independent makers in a series of art fairs. These include Dazzle 2021 which will showcase the best in contemporary jewellery, with over 2,000 pieces from both established and up-and-coming makers.

Support our future

As a charity without government funding, Dovecot has been hit hard by the Covid crisis. Your support is needed now more than ever.

If you would like to support our work, please buy a ticket for one of our forthcoming exhibitions and events or donate now. With your help, we can make sure the future of Scottish tapestry skills are sustained long into the future.

Image: Detail, tapestry in progress, J.M.W Turner and Dovecot Studios. Image Dovecot Studios 2020


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The gallery is currently closed while we install our upcoming exhibition Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird's Song which will open on Friday 28 June 2024. 

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