Since 1912, Dovecot has placed craftsmanship at the core of its existence, inspired by the founding master weavers who came from the workshops of William Morris. Respect for skills and learning has been a constant throughout, allowing Dovecot to develop a remarkable reputation for working with renowned artists and designers on prestigious projects for public and private commissions.
Central to the Dovecot vision is that of supporting and developing this legacy. A classic Apprenticeship at Dovecot Tapestry Studio ensures that the skill of tapestry weaving and the ethos embodied in the Arts and Crafts movement has been handed on to each new tapestry weaver at Dovecot, enabling them to become a Master Weaver. The 3 year Dovecot Apprenticeship encourages Apprentice Weavers to build their own personal creative identity and aesthetic vocabulary informed by historical, cultural and technical knowledge and by the practical experience of making textiles in collaboration with leading contemporary artists. Dovecot apprentices follow a formal introduction to tapestry weaving, learning from Dovecot master weavers, with Master Weaver status reached after 10 years weaving experience.
In future years, the Dovecot Apprenticeship Programme will open to new applicants. Please refer to our Vacancies page for opportunities.