• Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception
    Beatrice Huntington, The Fleming Collection © The William Syson Foundation.
    A Cellist, c. 1925

This important exhibition Scottish Women Artists - 250 Years of Challenging Perception celebrates the work of women artists who have challenged and shaped the contemporary art scene in Scotland. In an era when women lead Scotland’s galleries and art schools, it is easy to forget the prejudices and barriers their predecessors have faced.

Embracing key artistic movements and developments, the exhibition is organised with The Fleming Collection, one of the finest private collections of Scottish art in the world. It features significant ‘firsts’: Catherine Read (1723–78), who was the first formally trained Scottish woman artist in the 18th century; The Glasgow Girls, the first generation of Scottish women to be formally and professionally trained in the arts and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder (1931 –2021), the first woman elected to both the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy.  

20th century highlights include the radical post-war artist Joan Eardley (1921–63); Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004); and Anne Redpath (1895–1965).  These outstanding painters are widely recognised today. Yet, the story of Scottish art is incomplete without the innovative and experimental art of women working in design, illustration, applied and decorative arts. Dovecot’s ground-breaking artworks with 21st century artists Christine Borland (b.1965), Victoria Crowe (b. 1945), Rachel Maclean (b.1987), Alison Watt (b.1965) and Alberta Whittle (b.1980) are the subject of a specially commissioned film. The exhibition also features a new Dovecot tapestry with award-winning Glasgow-based artist Sekai Machache (b.1989) on display for the first time.


★★★★★ The Scotsman  

★★★★ The Times 

★★★★ The Observer

Included in The Telegraph's 'Top 15 shows to see in Edinburgh'


Exhibition curated by Dovecot Studios and the Fleming Collection.



Scottish Women Artists author Charlotte Rostek, in Conversation

Join Charlotte Rostek, author of Scottish Women Artists, who will be in conversation with Dovecot Director Celia Joicey, and gain further insight into Dovecot's important work with artists since 1912. Introducing the story of over 60 artists, from the eighteenth century to today’s acclaimed figures, and celebrating the strength Scottish women artists have shown over the last 250 years to get the space to be recognised on the contemporary art scene.

Includes entry to Dovecot's Scottish Women Artists exhibition 





Fancy a guided tour of the exhibition for no additional cost? Book onto one of our Tuesday and Thursday Lunchtime Tours running every week. 





Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and may not be exchanged unless due to extenuating circumstances. 

If you are unable to attend an event please contact Dovecot on 0131 550 3660 or info@dovecotstudios.com to inform the Front of House Team.

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