• Tapestry 5: Time & Place
    Irene Campbell

Tapestry 5 bring their new show of small format, woven tapestries to Edinburgh’s Dovecot in July 2024. Featuring work from five, Scottish based weavers, Time & Place, opens a window on a different and timely approach to the ancient art form of tapestry weaving. 

The work is inspired by urban spaces, the sea, the sky and Norse Myths. Drawing inspiration from experience, the group pay homage to the emotional content of colour, the use of natural and plant fibres, and narrative based textiles -from Scotland to Lahore. 

Bringing a small format exhibition to Dovecot allows a wider community greater access, enabling visitors to see a less monumental and civic approach to weaving. These are not tapestries to hang in large buildings and museums, but on individual and community walls. It brings together the large canvas of Dovecot’s weaving with the smaller, individual approach to the same art form.


About the artists

Ayesha Barlas is drawn to the colour and patterns of the narrative based art forms of her Pakistani heritage. The resonance of the chimerical remnants of the past with her present experience is the focus of her work. This interplay also inspired the internationally acclaimed miniature tapestries of her 100-days project. Barlas collaborated in the Physic Garden Tapestry, led by Jo McDonald - now on display at the Holyrood Palace Education Centre. Her work has been shortlisted for the Cordis Showcase and she has written for the American Tapestry Alliance triannual publication.

Irene Campbell uses her own drawings and paintings of the natural landscape at her home in the Scottish Borders, to inform her weaving. Her greatest inspiration comes from the winter landscape and the River Tweed. Abandoned materials and plant fibres are her treasure trove. Campbell graduated from Edinburgh College of Art where she focused primarily on painting and textiles. Her work has been widely displayed in galleries across Scotland.

Sarah Hill‘s work focuses on texture and form. Using the sea shore as inspiration; her 3-D paper “sketches” transform into complex 3-dimensional woven pieces – shaped and manipulated into woven sculptures rather than images. Her work for this exhibition sees her moving towards a more linear, one dimensional weaving style. Hill studied Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and West Dean in Sussex. She is the recipient of a Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award and her work has been selected for the Cordis Tapestry Showcase, and she has exhibited at Edinburgh’s Dundas Street Gallery. Other works are held in private collections throughout the UK.

David Ingrey’s bold and colourful cityscapes and architectural nuances begin with photography, to collage, and finally to tapestries of geometric shapes and textures. The cities of peeling paint and chipped walls provide his vivid and varied colour palette. Ingrey began his career as a Letterpress printer and moved on to study Textile Design and Printmaking between 2007-2012. His work was chosen for the Cordis Tapestry Showcase in both 2017 and 2018. He completed the 100-days project and has exhibited his work at Edinburgh College of Art and galleries across Scotland.

Pru Irvine’s finely woven abstracts come from a passion for colour and its ability to convey emotion. Her work grows and develops on the loom. Working in small scale format poses a challenge to create powerful images without compromising either idea or technique. Irvine began studying tapestry at Edinburgh University. She has been selected for the Cordis Showcase Exhibition, and has exhibited at a number of Hebridean and Scottish venues. Her work was highlighted in the Weavers Bazaar online gallery, and a recent commission has gone into a private collection along with many other of her tapestries.


This display is located in the Dovecot Cafe which is open for limited hours – 

Monday - Saturday (Sundays in August), 09:30 - 16:30.


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Gallery & Shop

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


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