• Elizabeth Blackadder

Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021) was a Scottish was a Scottish painter and printmaker, best known for her botanical watercolours. After studying at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, Blackadder received a number of travelling scholarships, allowing her to travel to Southern Europe. Since her first exhibition in 1959, Elizabeth Blackadder exhibited extensively in UK art institutions, while her work is held in a number of public art collections, including Contemporary Art Society; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London, and the Government Art Collection.

Blackadder received a number of awards, was a Member of The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and was the first woman artist elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. Blackadder is an Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She also received Honorary Doctorates from four Scottish universities. In 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland.

Since first working with her in 1966, Dovecot Studios has created 31 tapestries and 5 rugs in collaboration with Blackadder and her work , including Still Life, Tulips (1966); Eastern Still Life (1980); and Cats at Play (1995). The latest tapestries, being woven in 2023, are Flowers and Black Cat and Red Still Life - Dragon Fruit and Oysters. 

Irises, woven in 1987 by Edinburgh Tapestry Comapny (now Dovecot Studios) will be on display in the upcoming exhibition Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception, from 28 July 2023 - 6 January 2024.

Image: Cats at Play, 1995. Dovecot Studios


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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. 

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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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