The Edinburgh Tapestry Company was established by the Marquess of Bute, bringing Master Weavers Gordon Berry and John Glassbrook from the workshops of William Morris


Berry and Glassbrook lost their lives in WW1 and weaving was suspended; their initials woven by their apprentices into the tapestry they never finished


The first weavers at Dovecot began to establish themselves as artisans


Prince of the Gael also known as Glenfinnan or The Raising of the Standard was unfinished by William Skeoch Cumming and Paul Woodroffe and is now part of the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart


Dovecot incorporated as Edinburgh Tapestry Company


Modernity and tradition prevailed with artists including Edwards Wadsworth, Stanley Spencer, Edward Bawden, Graham Sutherland, Cecil Beaton and Louis le Brocquy designing tapestries with Dovecot


Archie Brennan joins the Apprentices at Dovecot


Sax Shaw’s Lion and Oak Tree tapestry is showcased at the Festival of Britain


Graham Sutherland’s tapestry Wading Birds features at the 26th Venice Biennale


John Noble and Harry Jefferson Barnes acquire Edinburgh Tapestry Company and Sax Shaw is appointed Artistic Director


Dick Gordon retires after weaving with Dovecot for 50 years: his Apprentice piece 1913-14 is held in the collection at National Museum of Scotland


First female tapestry weaver Maureen Hodge is appointed and works with Harold Cohen in 1966 on the BP Tapestry : seen here (LtoR) Fred Mann, Harry Wright, Doreen Tarbert, Harold Cohen, Maureen Hodge and Archie Brennan


Douglas Grierson joins Dovecot


Archie Brennan becomes Director


Harry Wright weaving from the back of the loom as Maureen Hodge and Douglas Grierson begin weaving facing the image for the first time


Artists who worked during this time with Dovecot included Adolf Gottlieb, John Houston, Eduardo Paolozzi, David Hockney, Graham Sutherland, Bernat Klein and Tom Phillips


Notable commissions this year including for Kings College Chapel Cambridge and Kenneth McAvoy’s Montreal Metro tapestry


The first female Directors are appointed: Fiona Mathison in 1978 and then Joanne Soroka in 1982


Scottish artist connections including with Elizabeth Blackadder, Sir Robin Philipson, John Bellany and Bruce McLean


Joanne Soroka leads the Water of Life tapestry commission for Glenfiddich Distillery


David Cochrane joins Dovecot as an Apprentice Weaver


Suite of tapestries designed by Frank Stella after his Had Gadya series for PepsiCo corporation headquarters in New York


Dovecot’s new Director James More designs major tapestry commission for the Dunedin Fund


Naomi Robertson joins Dovecot as a Weaver


Prestigious commissions completed including Kate Whiteford’s Corryvrechan tapestry for National Museum of Scotland and Barbara Rae’s Carnival Edinburgh for The Festival Theatre


R B Kitaj tapestry If Not, Not is created for The British Library


Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen pledge to support Dovecot and appoint David Weir as Director


Alan Davie tapestry commissioned for The Chancellor Building of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary


Pause on the Landing tapestry created with Patrick Caulfield for The British Library


Salvesens fund project to restore Infirmary Street Baths and engage Malcolm Fraser Architects to create new space for Dovecot


Jonathan Cleaver is appointed Weaver at Dovecot


Jerwood Contemporary Makers and Henry Moore Textiles are opening exhibitions at Dovecot


Freya Sewell and Emily Fogarty join as first apprentices of new programme


Necklace for an Elephant creator David Poston collaborates with weaver Jonathan Cleaver


Siobhan Davies presents Rotor at Dovecot broadening scope of programme


Master Weaver Douglas Grierson retires after 50 years weaving with Dovecot


Centenary celebrations include Weaving the Century exhibition, The Art of Modern Tapestry book publication and A Tapestry of Many Threads opera


Naomi Robertson appointed Studio Manager and works with Alison Watt on Butterfly project


Julie Brook collaborates with Dovecot on rug project


Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry exhibition goes on tour


Dennis Reinmueller appointed Rug Tufter and works with Adrian Wiszniewszki, Ron Arad, Than Clark, Linder and Garry Fabian Miller


Weaving begins on largest commissions to date with artists Chris Ofili and Victoria Crowe


Ben Hymers joins Dovecot as first of new apprentices appointed 2014-2017


Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes rug created with Linder for British Art Show 8 and Children of the Mantic Stain ballet choreographed by Kenneth Tindall

February 2015

Trainee Rug Tufter Kristi Vana completes first rug

May 2015

Series of ‘hearth rugs’ created with Garry Fabian Miller and exhibited in Dwelling

November 2015

Jonathan Cleaver declared Master Weaver at Dovecot, which coincided with the completion of his Art History: Dress & Textile Histories [MLitt] at the University of Glasgow

February/March 2016

Linder’s Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes rug tours to Edinburgh as part of BAS8 at SNGMA, and appears in the only Scottish performance of Children of the Mantic Stain ballet on the weaving floor at Dovecot

March 2016

Apprentice Weaver Ben Hymers’ first tapestry piece Penelope is cut from the loom

November 2016

Tufters Dennis Reinmüller and Kristi Vana complete Soft Machine rug with Jim Lambie for House of Voltaire exhibition in London

January 2017

Major tapestry project with Victoria Crowe for Leathersellers’ Livery Hall in London completed

March 2017

Three year tapestry collaboration with artist Chris Ofili is completed, as the triptych The Caged Bird’s Song is revealed

April-August 2017

Chris Ofili’s The Caged Bird’s Song tapestry is the focus of a major exhibition at The National Gallery, London and the subject of a BBC Imagine documentary

July- December 2017

Dovecot begins new tapestry with Garry Fabian Miller, alongside making three hearth rugs

August 2017

After 17 years at the helm, David Weir leaves his post as Director of Dovecot. Celia Joicey, formerly Head of Fashion and Textile Museum, London takes over the role.

Autumn 2017

Culmination of a 3 year exchange between Dovecot Studios and Australian Tapestry Workshop as part of Creative Futures, with the final exchange of weavers between the two studios

October 2017

Ben Hymers completes his Apprenticeship and becomes Junior Weaver

Autumn 2017

New apprentice Elaine Wilson begins learning the traditional skill of tapestry weaving at Dovecot

November 2017

Ben Hymer’s completes a tapestry interpretation of HRH Prince Charles’ watercolour Abandoned Cottage on the Isle of Stroma, Caithness as part of his weaving apprenticeship.

December 2017

Ben Hymers celebrates the end of his weaving apprenticeship with a display on our Viewing Balcony titled Magical Transformations which showcases his work.

January 2018

Peter Saville & Dovecot Studios, After, After, After Monarch of the Glen tapestry edition 2 / 5 complete & cut from the loom.

February 2018

Victoria Morton You Can Radiate Over Here Rug complete.

March 2018

Dovecot Patterns project displayed in our North Gallery.

June 2018

24 Lengths Project complete.

December 2018

Water Surface tapestry designed by David Cochrane cut from loom.

May 2019

Elaine Wilson completes her first major scale tapestry, as an apprentice weaver, from her own design: Texture.

July 2019

New tapestry with Barbara Rae RA, Peel Sound Ice, celebrating a 25 year creative relationship complete.

September 2019

Collaboration with Victoria Crowe on a new tapestry, Richer Twilight Venice

November 2019

Matt Connors Union Bug tapestry complete.


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