Exhibitions

2024

Andy Warhol: The Textiles

Andy Warhol: The Textiles

26 January – 18 May 2024

The first exhibition in Scotland exclusively dedicated to the commercial textile designs of pop artist and icon Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol: The Textiles will take you on a journey through the unknown and unrecorded world of textile and fashion design, demonstrating how this was a crucial stage in Warhol becoming one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century.

2023

Monarchs of the Glen: From Whisky to Wes Anderson

Monarchs of the Glen: From Whisky to Wes Anderson

14 October 2023 – 2 March 2024

The painting The Monarch of the Glen by Edwin Landseer has inspired people around the world since the 19th century, being reproduced and re-interpreted many times. This innovative display, celebrates the international history of a Scottish icon.

Scottish Art and Aperitivo

Scottish Art and Aperitivo

17:00 – 19:00, 17 August 2023

Enjoy Dovecot after hours with our Scottish Art and Aperitivo evenings on Thursdays during August. Enjoy a complimentary aperitivo on arrival, followed by tours of Dovecot's spectacular exhibitions, Scottish Landscapes and Scottish Women Artists.

Scottish Art and Aperitivo with Edinburgh Printmakers

Scottish Art and Aperitivo with Edinburgh Printmakers

17:00 – 19:00, 10 August 2023

Enjoy Dovecot after hours with our Scottish Art and Aperitivo evenings. Enjoy a complimentary aperitivo on arrival, followed by tours of the Edinburgh Printmakers collection and Dovecot's spectacular exhibitions, Scottish Landscapes and Scottish Women Artists.

Dazzle@Dovecot 2023

Dazzle@Dovecot 2023

4 – 27 August 2023

Dazzle, the major annual jewellery exhibition returns this year at Dovecot Studios for their 41st Edinburgh Festival exhibition.

Scottish Art and Aperitivo

Scottish Art and Aperitivo

17:00 – 19:00, 3 August 2023

Enjoy Dovecot after hours with our Scottish Art and Aperitivo evenings on Thursdays during August. Enjoy a complimentary aperitivo on arrival, followed by tours of Dovecot's spectacular exhibitions, Scottish Landscapes and Scottish Women Artists.

Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception

Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception

28 July 2023 – 6 January 2024

250 years of challenging perceptions. Explore Scotland's contribution to the history of art by women across 250 years. Featuring The Glasgow Girls, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, Rachel Maclean and Alberta Whittle.

Regenerative Textiles Scotland Exhibition

Regenerative Textiles Scotland Exhibition

5 – 6 July 2023

Follow the textile journeys of key garments from contemporary producers in Scotland, new work from Scottish University fashion and textile students and just some of the national initiatives supporting regenerative textiles.

Scottish Landscapes: A New Generation

Scottish Landscapes: A New Generation

1 July – 7 October 2023

This exhibition highlights the diverse and dynamic work being produced by new Scottish art school graduates.

Wonder Women at Dovecot

Wonder Women at Dovecot

1 July – 7 October 2023

Throughout the twentieth century, Dovecot and The Scottish Gallery have represented exceptional women artists and created routes to market for their work.

Coronation Weekend

Coronation Weekend

6 – 8 May 2023

Join us on Saturday the 6th and Monday the 8th May for a royal treat at Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern and enjoy some Coronation specials in the cafe! 

Dovecot Makers Market

Dovecot Makers Market

15 – 16 April 2023

Shop small this Spring at Dovecot Studios

Kaffe Fassett The Power of Pattern

Kaffe Fassett The Power of Pattern

31 March – 8 July 2023

Explore the world of influential artist and designer Kaffe Fassett.

Collaborate! Part III

Collaborate! Part III

4 March – 24 June 2023

Explore the creative process behind some of Dovecot's recent creative rug and tapestry collaborations.

KNITWEAR Exhibition Tour with Dovecot Studios Curator

KNITWEAR Exhibition Tour with Dovecot Studios Curator

10:00 – 11:00, 7 January 2023

Get the lowdown on our current exhibition KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood with Dovecot Curator Ben Reiss.

2022

Collaborate! 21st Century Commissions and Creations part 2

Collaborate! 21st Century Commissions and Creations part 2

16 November 2022 – 25 February 2023

Explore the creative process behind some of Dovecot's recent creative Tapestry collaborations.

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

15 October 2022 – 11 March 2023

Explore a major exhibition of inspirational 20th and 21st-century fashion knitwear featuring over 150 pieces from the collection of Mark and Cleo Buttefield.

Flaunting Szafki: A retrospective of paintings by Yusef Szafki

Flaunting Szafki: A retrospective of paintings by Yusef Szafki

26 September – 29 October 2022

Explore the colourful and enigmatic canvases of Scottish painter Yusef Szafki (1950-2021).

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony

24 September – 31 December 2022

Watch the Dovecot weavers at work from the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony.

Collaborate! 21st Century Commissions and Creations part I

Collaborate! 21st Century Commissions and Creations part I

23 September 2022 – 28 February 2023

Explore the creative process behind some of Dovecot's recent creative rug collaborations.

Dazzle 2022

Dazzle 2022

5 – 28 August 2022

Showcasing the best in contemporary jewellery, Dazzle provides a platform for both established and up-and-coming makers.

The Modern Institute: Space Forgets You

The Modern Institute: Space Forgets You

8 July – 7 September 2022

Glasgow's The Modern Institute presents an exhibition celebrating the work of international artists, Julia Chiang, Marc Hundley, John Giorno and textile art collective Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way. 

RAPHAEL - Magister Raffaello

RAPHAEL - Magister Raffaello

1 July – 24 September 2022

Experience the life and work of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael in this digital installation and contemporary tapestry marking his 500th anniversary.

Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World

Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World

24 June – 24 September 2022

A timely tribute to one of the greatest Scottish artists of the 20th century, featuring rarely seen works from each decade of his career.

The Living Legacy of William Morris

The Living Legacy of William Morris

19 February – 3 July 2022
The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co.

The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co.

28 January – 11 June 2022

Explore the legacy of William Morris in over 130 original wallpapers from the Morris & Co. archives

2021

KURT JACKSON Mermaids' Tears

KURT JACKSON Mermaids' Tears

2 October 2021 – 11 February 2022
Dazzle 2021

Dazzle 2021

6 – 29 August 2021
Jock McFadyen: Lost Boat Party

Jock McFadyen: Lost Boat Party

11 June – 25 September 2021
Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!

Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!

26 April – 30 August 2021
Weaving Water

Weaving Water

16 – 31 March 2021
Online
The Art of Being an Apprentice

The Art of Being an Apprentice

3 March – 3 August 2021
Online
ONLINE Dovecot x Collect 2021

ONLINE Dovecot x Collect 2021

26 February – 2 March 2021
Online

2020

Modernist Scotland: Inside and Out

Modernist Scotland: Inside and Out

27 November 2020 – 6 March 2021
Pinboard: Postcards from Edinburgh

Pinboard: Postcards from Edinburgh

11 November 2020 – 6 March 2021
Arts and Crafts Scotland: In the Spirit of Morris

Arts and Crafts Scotland: In the Spirit of Morris

1 February – 7 November 2020

2019

May Morris: Art & Life

May Morris: Art & Life

28 November 2019 – 14 March 2020
Matt Connors: FIGURE

Matt Connors: FIGURE

16 November 2019 – 18 January 2020
Our Linen Stories

Our Linen Stories

16 September 2019 – 25 January 2020
GRAYSON PERRY: Julie Cope's Grand Tour

GRAYSON PERRY: Julie Cope's Grand Tour

25 July – 2 November 2019
Barbara Rae RA: Tapestries and Rugs

Barbara Rae RA: Tapestries and Rugs

22 June 2019 – 25 January 2020
Orla Kiely A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely A Life in Pattern

7 February – 29 June 2019
Dovecot Patterns

Dovecot Patterns

7 February – 29 June 2019

2018

2017

Ben Hymers | Magical Transformations

Ben Hymers | Magical Transformations

24 November 2017 – 20 March 2018
Dazzle Jewellery at Dovecot

Dazzle Jewellery at Dovecot

4 – 28 August 2017
Daughters of Penelope

Daughters of Penelope

20 July 2017 – 20 January 2018
The Weaver's Apprentice

The Weaver's Apprentice

10 March – 1 July 2017
Paolozzi tapestry at the Whitechapel Gallery

Paolozzi tapestry at the Whitechapel Gallery

16 February – 14 May 2017

2016

London | Jim Lambie rug at House of Voltaire

London | Jim Lambie rug at House of Voltaire

18 November – 18 December 2016
COLOUR & LIGHT

COLOUR & LIGHT

5 November 2016 – 25 February 2017
London | Marc Camille Chaimowicz at the Serpentine

London | Marc Camille Chaimowicz at the Serpentine

29 September – 20 November 2016
NORTH LANDS CREATIVE GLASS: A Portrait at 20

NORTH LANDS CREATIVE GLASS: A Portrait at 20

16 September – 29 October 2016
Glasgow | Adrian Wiszniewski 'The Craft'

Glasgow | Adrian Wiszniewski 'The Craft'

13 August – 14 September 2016
Dazzle Jewellery

Dazzle Jewellery

5 – 29 August 2016
House of Voltaire | Melbourne

House of Voltaire | Melbourne

14 – 24 July 2016
Linder Rug at British Art Show 8 | Norwich

Linder Rug at British Art Show 8 | Norwich

24 June – 4 September 2016
W. Gordon Smith Award

W. Gordon Smith Award

12 – 30 January 2016

2015

Tuft Loving: Recent Rug Projects

Tuft Loving: Recent Rug Projects

21 December 2015 – 6 May 2017
Selected 2015 + Dovecot Selects

Selected 2015 + Dovecot Selects

21 November – 23 December 2015

Selected has showcased over 50 individual makers, both established and emerging, in our annual selling exhibition.

Stories Without Borders: Tapestries and Rugs

Stories Without Borders: Tapestries and Rugs

9 October – 5 November 2015
Dazzle: Jewellery

Dazzle: Jewellery

7 – 31 August 2015
Kwang Young Chun: AGGREGATIONS

Kwang Young Chun: AGGREGATIONS

31 July – 26 September 2015

Aggregations, the first solo exhibition in Scotland of internationally renowned Korean artist Kwang Young Chun, unites the traditions of making and Eastern philosophy with the artist’s painterly interest in American Abstract Expressionism.

Bernat Klein: A LIFE IN COLOUR

Bernat Klein: A LIFE IN COLOUR

31 July – 26 September 2015

A Life in Colour is a retrospective exhibition featuring tapestries by Bernat Klein woven by Dovecot Studios, alongside other works by the designer whose signature vibrant mohair and tweed textiles were produced in the Scottish Borders for fashion houses in Europe.

Edinburgh Art Festival 2015

Edinburgh Art Festival 2015

30 July – 30 August 2015
Garry Fabian Miller: Dwelling

Garry Fabian Miller: Dwelling

15 May – 4 July 2015
Magne Furuholmen: Peeling a Glass Onion

Magne Furuholmen: Peeling a Glass Onion

6 March – 25 April 2015

Major solo exhibition of works by Norwegian visual artist and musician Magne Furuholmen, with the Glass Onion tapestry as the centrepiece.

Edge and Shore: Acts of Doing

Edge and Shore: Acts of Doing

30 January – 7 February 2015

Working within the gallery space at Dovecot, visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo reveal an ever-evolving work that brings together objects, images, film, writing and live making.

2014

Selected 2014

Selected 2014

29 November – 21 December 2014

SELECTED unites 27 makers in a selling exhibition of craft and design at Dovecot Studios for the second year running. This elite showcase includes work from some of the most talented makers in Scotland across a number of disciplines including ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles, glass and silver.

Edward Bawden and Dovecot Studios: an enduring collaboration

Edward Bawden and Dovecot Studios: an enduring collaboration

17:00 – 18:00, 5 November 2014

Edward Bawden Dovecot Studios tapestries form part of the Morley College exhibition Edward Bawden Storyteller from 4-26 November. David Weir, Director of Dovecot Studios will talk at Morley on 5 November at 5pm about the nature of tapestry collaboration between artist and artist weaver.

GEM: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan

GEM: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan

3 October – 8 November 2014

GEM is an exhibition of jewellery, gem-cutting and contemporary practices from Afghanistan originally produced as part of the British Council’s South Asia season in autumn 2013.

Tumadh | Immersion: Dalziel + Scullion

Tumadh | Immersion: Dalziel + Scullion

1 August – 13 September 2014

An exciting and extraordinary new commission from Dovecot will turn the gallery into an immersive space made with sound and tactile qualities being created by Dundee based artists Dalziel + Scullion.

Dazzle: Jewellery

Dazzle: Jewellery

1 – 25 August 2014

Dazzle jewellery exhibition returning, for the third Dovecot showing, has selected some exciting new designers for what will be its 32nd Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 50 jewellery designers will be showing upwards of 2-3,000 pieces with everything, as usual, for sale.

Current Exchanges: Dovecot and the Australian Tapestry Workshop

Current Exchanges: Dovecot and the Australian Tapestry Workshop

5 July – 27 September 2014

Celebrating the continuing connections between the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, and Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, this exhibition brings together recent work from both institutions. Although geographically separate, both share a similar philosophy of working closely with contemporary artists to produce tapestries at the cutting edge of artistic practice.

Craigie Aitchison: Paintings, etchings and tapestries

Craigie Aitchison: Paintings, etchings and tapestries

5 July – 27 September 2014

Timothy Taylor Gallery and Dovecot present a selected showcase of oil paintings and etchings from the estate of Craigie Aitchsion CBE RSA RA (1926-2009) alongside tapestries created by Dovecot Studios in collaboration with the artist.

Than Clark rugs head for BASEL

Than Clark rugs head for BASEL

17 – 22 June 2014
Barnaby Barford

Barnaby Barford

13 June – 19 July 2014

Barnaby Barford is an artist who works primarily with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces. He works with both mass-market and antique found porcelain figurines, cutting up and exchanging elements or adding to them and repainting them, to create sculptures which are often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous.

Leith School of Art Alumni Exhibition

Leith School of Art Alumni Exhibition

2 – 31 May 2014

Leith School of Art is delighted to celebrate 25 years of teaching, supporting and promoting the visual arts in Scotland.

When Men and Mountains Meet: Paul Martin

When Men and Mountains Meet: Paul Martin

3 – 19 April 2014

The exhibition When Men and Mountains Meet by Paul Martin is a distillation of the artist’s lifelong exploration of the nature of nature, and the ways - aesthetic, symbolic, poetic, spiritual – in which we see and understand it. “To

Broad Horizons: Dovecot Polymaths

Broad Horizons: Dovecot Polymaths

25 January – 22 March 2014

An exhibition of works – past and present – from some of the most influential and multi-talented artists who have worked with the Studios.

2013

Selected 2013

Selected 2013

30 November – 21 December 2013

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL 21 DECEMBER Selected is a new selling exhibition which celebrates contemporary Scottish craft and design.

Jamie Primrose: Reflections on a City

Jamie Primrose: Reflections on a City

8 – 16 November 2013

Jamie Primrose is a highly collectable and acclaimed contemporary Scottish artist. Having achieved outstanding success with past sell-out exhibitions of his sought-after paintings, he has now established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the UK.

Dovecot Tapestry and Rug Collection

Dovecot Tapestry and Rug Collection

27 September – 23 November 2013

Daily the Weaving Floor Viewing Balcony is open to the public to view the weaving studio below as well as a curated an ever changing collection of our tapestries and rugs.

David Peat: An Eye on the World

David Peat: An Eye on the World

27 September – 26 October 2013

The roots of David Peat's photography lie firmly in the classic street photography genre. Continually inspired by the masters of street photography and their skill at seeing and hunting a meaningful image within a moment in time, Peat has quietly built his own personal portfolio of images during a working life around the world. 

 Voted one of the top exhibitions of 2012 by the List Magazine

Jacki Parry:  Resonance - Gathering and Sampling

Jacki Parry: Resonance - Gathering and Sampling

27 September – 26 October 2013

Paper is central to the conceptual, physical and material activity which drives Jacki Parry’s work. For most of the last 40 years her investigations have been based on developing ideas in paper using it variously as substrate, as independent medium, and in combination with other materials. This exhibition features a diverse collection of works in two and three dimensions spanning the years 2000 – 2012 plus a small selection of earlier paperworks.

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

1 August – 14 September 2013

Victoria Crowe’s acclaimed painting, Large Tree Group, was commisioned by Dovecot to be created into a large tapestry using exclusively un-dyed wool sourced from around the country. The finished tapestry, complete after hundreds of hours of careful work by Dovecot's master weavers is at the heart of this exhibition.

Artist Rugs: Dovecot’s Contemporary Rug Collection

Artist Rugs: Dovecot’s Contemporary Rug Collection

1 August – 14 September 2013

Dovecot Studios have been the leading pioneers in tapestry and rug making for over a 100 years. This exhibition showcases Dovecot’s contemporary hand-tufted rugs which are in turn graphic and vibrant, colourful and highly original.

made, unmade: Julie Brook

made, unmade: Julie Brook

27 April – 1 June 2013
Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams

Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams

1 February – 30 March 2013

Dovecot Studios are delighted to present Wendy Ramshaw: Room of Dreams this spring. As one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, Wendy Ramshaw is renowned for her stunning jewellery and distinctive, large scale public art. This major exhibition will exhibit key pieces spanning the past fifty years of her acclaimed career - the centrepiece being her magical environment 'Room of Dreams" in which her work , inspired by stories and the world of the imagination, are displayed.

2012

Forever Changes: Michael Brennand-Wood

Forever Changes: Michael Brennand-Wood

7 December 2012 – 12 January 2013

An exhibition documenting Michael Brennand-Wood’s practice over forty years. Forever Changes will feature many previously unseen, new and important works with the emphasis very firmly on the ideas behind each piece. The exhibition will include installation, sculptural, relief, studio and commission works. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication which will present a biography of the work, exhibitions, events, places and concepts that have shaped Brennand-Wood’s practice.

Carpets of Distinction

Carpets of Distinction

10 November 2012 – 12 January 2013

Carpets of Distinction is a showroom of six hand-tufted rugs produced by Panel in partnership with Dovecot Studios and the Stoddard Templeton Archive at Glasgow University and The Glasgow School of Art.

Nuno Japanese Textiles

Nuno Japanese Textiles

26 October – 24 November 2012

Nuno textiles was founded in 1984 and since 1987 Reiko Sudo, as Artistic Director, has steered Nuno to a position of pre-eminence in Japan and internationally. This exhibition shows how Nuno designs respond to the human form and how Nuno works with textile producers to create designs that reflect the importance of cloth for protecting and adorning the body as well as creating social well being.

Bird Yarns

Bird Yarns

26 – 27 September 2012

Bird Yarns brings knitters from Mull and across the UK together with textile artist Deirdre Nelson in response to the changing migration patterns of seabirds across Scotland’s islands. Working with local wool from Ardalanish, Mull, and recycled materials, the knitters will create a flock of ‘lost’ arctic terns on Tobermory Pier and provide them with a Mull welcome of local food, music and poetry. Knitting kits will be developed in partnership with local producers to highlight the plight of migratory birds and celebrate local resources and resourcefulness.

Weaving The Century: Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 1912-2012

Weaving The Century: Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 1912-2012

13 July – 7 October 2012

This is the first major Dovecot tapestry exhibition to be presented in Scotland for over thirty years. Curated by art historian Dr Elizabeth Cumming and presented across all three of Dovecot’s public gallery spaces. The exhibition features over 60 tapestries, rugs and rarely seen works on loan from major museums and private collections in America and Britain.

Telford College End of Year Show: Showtime

Telford College End of Year Show: Showtime

13 – 17 June 2012

Creative arts students from Edinburgh’s Telford College host their End of Year Show at Dovecot for the third consecutive year.

Amy Duncan (1968-2009): Exhibition

Amy Duncan (1968-2009): Exhibition

9 – 19 May 2012

Amy Duncan trained as a tapestry weaver at West Dean Tapestry studio and worked in the UK and Australia. This retrospective exhibition is a celebration of her work and includes a wide range of pieces, from delicate tapestry samples and sketch books, to large pieces which have been loaned for the exhibition by private collections.

Ptolemy Mann: The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space

Ptolemy Mann: The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space

4 – 26 May 2012

This May, Dovecot Studios will be home to Ptolemy Mann’s Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space exhibition. The show, Mann’s first solo retrospective exhibition which was initiated by the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales, will be in Dovecot’s North Gallery from the 4th – 26th May.

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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. 

Monday - Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Please note, Dovecot Studios will be open on Sunday 30 June, 10am - 5pm, for the first weekend of Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird's Song

 

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony

Monday - Friday: 12pm – 3pm

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Monday 17 June - Thursday 27 June, Monday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm

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