We're delighted to announce Archie Brennan Tapestry Goes Pop! will open to the public on Monday 26 April 2021. Once again, we want to say a big thank you to all our supporters and donors who enabled us to tell the story of one of Scotland’s greatest weavers and pop artists, Archie Brennan.
Pop artist, weaver, and former Mr Scotland, Archie Brennan changed the course of modern weaving and is considered one of the greatest unrecognised pop artists of the twentieth century. Why unrecognised? Most likely because his medium of choice was tapestry.
Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! tells the story of Edinburgh native Archie Brennan (1931-2019) in the first major exhibition of his work. Bringing together over 80 tapestries as well as archive material, this is a chance to delve into the world of a master of modern tapestry.
Sharp, witty, and immensely talented, Brennan began his 60-year weaving career at Dovecot and was an innovator and iconoclast who inspired weavers all over the world from Papua New Guinea to Australia. A charismatic character, he dedicated his life to teaching and his influence on weaving can still be felt to this day. Brennan’s contribution to modern art has not been recognised, until now.
General Admission: £9.50
Exhibition co-curated with National Museums Scotland
Exhibition supported by the Dovecot Foundation, the William Grant Foundation and The Cordis Charitable Trust. This project has been partly funded through Art Happens, Art Fund’s crowd-funding platform. Thank you to the many individuals who donated to our campaign.
Image: Archie Brennan, Muhammad Ali 1973, Designed and Woven by Archie Brennan, Edinburgh