This is Dovecot’s first time showcasing the amazing work created in our Tapestry Studio at Collect, the international art fair for contemporary craft and design. Collect is one of the world’s leading art fairs for contemporary craft and design having been established by the Crafts Council in 2004. Collect brings together international gallerists, expert in their fields, to showcase and sell work by living contemporary craft artists.
At a time when the pandemic is preventing us from coming together, a physical fair will not take place at Somerset House. Instead, Collect 2021 is working in partnership with online art platform Artsy.net where each exhibiting gallery will have their own online ‘booth’ to display their artists’ work for sale.
Dovecot’s virtual booth features tapestries and rugs created with Sir Peter Blake, Barbara Rae RA RSA, Jim Lambie, Liz Rideal, and Kurt Jackson. Collect 2021 runs until Tuesday 2 March, however our virtual booth will remain online on Artsy until Wed 24 March.
Throughout Collect 2021 we will be sharing behind the scenes content on our social media, showcasing the making of works featured in Collect, including a landmark new tufted rug with Scottish artist Jock McFadyen. Amongst others, we’ll also share the making of featured rug Soft Machine, created with contemporary Scottish artist Jim Lambie. Inspired by his series of works which manipulate metal and utilise colour, the design for Soft Machine combines Lambie’s striking 2D visuals with an aspect of sculptural work.
Dovecot x Collect 2021 Events
How to Commission Public Art during a Pandemic
Sat 6 Mar 2021 | 11:15am | £5.00
Join Peter Millican, owner and founder of Parabola, as he discusses his commitment to commission bold new work with Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot Studios, including the latest commission inspired by Leon Kossoff’s painting.
Dovecot Tapestry Studio Tour
Sat 27 Feb 2021 | 11am | £5.00
Go behind-the-scenes with Dovecot Director Celia Joicey to explore the work of our weavers including a major commission inspired by Leon Kossoff, a new rug with Scottish artist Jock McFadyen, and a tapestry inspired by the work of JMW Turner.
Tapestry at Collect 2021: Liz Rideal and Dovecot Studios
Sun 28 Feb 2021 | 11:30am | £5.00
Discover how a contemporary artist and a weaver collaborate to create a tapestry. Join artist and writer Liz Rideal in conversation with Dovecot Master Weaver Naomi Robertson to go behind the scenes of the creative process.
Garry Fabian Miller & Oxford Ceramics
Thurs 4 Mar 2021 | 6pm | £5.00
Join writer and curator Amanda Game in conversation with Dovecot Master Weaver Naomi Robertson and gallerist Rachel Ackland from Oxford Ceramics to learn how creativity evolves when artists in different media collaborate.
Browsing the work of our Tapestry Studio is so inspiring! So if you’re feeling inspired why not give weaving a try? Visit our online shop to view our latest products, including everything you need to weave your own tapestry.