Dovecot Studios is closed to the public from 18 March until further notice – Read more

John Byrne

John Byrne (b.1940) was born in Paisley in 1940, grew up in the Ferguslie Park and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. He has made a remarkable contribution to Scottish arts and culture through his varied career as a prolific illustrator, painter, printmaker and writer. The six-time BAFTA award-winning 1980s television series Tutti Frutti starring Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson is one of his most notable written creations. Drawing upon his pre-artschool experiences in the colour-mixing room of a 1950s carpet factory in Paisley, The Slab Boys written in 1978 is named by the National Library of Scotland as one of the 12 key works of the last 40 years. In 2012, Byrne worked directly with Dovecot to make a gun-tufted rug titled Father of the Man for the Carpets of Distinction exhibition curated by Panel Curates.

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Gallery & Shop

Dovecot Gallery and Shop are closed from 18 March 2020. Please see our website and social media for updates.

Usual Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony

Mon-Fri 12-3pm Sat 10am-5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021

Café

Dovecot Cafe by The Pantry is closed from 18 March 2020. Please see our website and social media for updates.

Usual Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Sat 10am-5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021