Dovecot Tapestry Studio has worked with Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili on a new tapestry titled The Caged Bird’s Song.

Commissioned by The Clothworkers’ Company, Ofili had been collaborating closely with the weavers since 2014 to see his design translated into a hand-woven tapestry, which took two and a half years to complete. The imagery in this tapestry reflects Ofili’s ongoing interest in classical mythology and contemporary ‘demigods’, together with the stories, magic and colour of the Trinidadian landscape he inhabits.

The tapestry was unveiled at The National Gallery in London, as the centrepiece to an exhibition titled Weaving Magic which was on from 26 April to 28 August 2017. Following this exhibition, the piece hungs in its permanent home in Clothworkers’ Hall, in the heart of the City of London.

Chris Ofili
The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014–2017
Wool, cotton, and viscose
© Chris Ofili. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry
Studio, Edinburgh.

Press Release - The National Gallery


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