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The Art of Being an Apprentice

12:00 on 7 January 2021 to 15:00 on 6 March 2021

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The Art of Being an Apprentice

Please note that this display will now open as soon as possible in 2021 when government guidance allows. Follow our website and social media for reopening updates.

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony | Mon-Fri 12-3pm, Sat 10am-5pm | Free admission

The Art of Being an Apprentice charts the journey of Elaine Wilson as she completes her three-year apprenticeship at Dovecot to become a junior weaver. From translating her own paintings to tapestry, to weaving works inspired by Romantic painter JMW Turner and contemporary artist Jenny Saville, The Art of Being an Apprentice demonstrates the skill and artistry of an early-career weaver.

Since 1912, the skills of tapestry weaving have been passed down from Dovecot Master Weaver to Apprentice. Through this display, we invite you to join us on the Apprentice journey to witness the evolution of skill and artistry of Dovecot’s newest weaver.

The Dovecot Apprenticeship is funded by The Dovecot Foundation with additional support from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and Allchurches Trust.

Image: Elaine Wilson, Apprentice Weaver Dovecot Studios 2020. Image Mike Wilkinson Photography

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Gallery & Shop

Opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat: 10am-5pm

Closed from 24 December 2020 in line with government guidance. Please follow our website and social media for reopening information.


Pinks at Dovecot

From 7 January 2021
Thur-Sat: 10am-4.30pm

Offering takeaway options only