'Weaving Magic' opens at The National Gallery
Gautier Deblonde

Chris Ofili’s tapestry The Caged Bird’s Song, woven at Dovecot over a two and a half year period, is now on show at The National Gallery as the centrepiece to the exhibition ‘Weaving Magic’ on until 28 August 2017.

Commissioned by The Clothworkers’ Company, Ofili collaborated with the weavers at Dovecot to see his design translated into a hand-woven tapestry. The imagery reflects Ofili’s ongoing interest in classical mythology and the stories, magic, and colour of the Trinidadian landscape he inhabits.

Ofili returns to the National Gallery following the exhibition Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic is free to access at the National Gallery and runs from 26 April to 28 August 2017.

The tapestry goes on permanent display in the Clothworkers’ Hall following this exhibition.

Chris Ofili
The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014–2017
Wool, cotton and viscose
Triptych, left and right panels each 280 × 184 cm; centre panel 280 × 372 cm
Installation view, Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic, National Gallery, 26 April – 28 August 2017
© Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photography: Gautier Deblonde


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