Dovecot Studios

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Coordinates: 55°55′6.39″N 3°14′12.59″W / 55.9184417°N 3.2368306°W / 55.9184417; -3.2368306

Exterior of Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street
Corstorphine Dovecot
Monarch of the Glen

Dovecot Studios is a tapestry studio in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dovecot Studios was established by the 4th Marquess of Bute in 1912, as an offshoot of William Morris' workshops at Merton Abbey in London.[1][2] The Marquess commissioned the studios to produce large tapestries for Mount Stuart House, his home on the Isle of Bute.[3] Dovecot Studios' first home was in Corstorphine, which at the time was a village on the west side of Edinburgh. It was originally housed in a purpose built studio next to a sixteenth-century dovecot, the only remaining part of the medieval Corstorphine Castle.

After the Second World War, the studios became known as Edinburgh Tapestry Company.[2] In 2001 it lost its financial support and went into liquidation.[4]

Since 2008 Dovecot Studios has been residing in the refurbished Infirmary Street Baths in central Edinburgh, which gives a new life and purpose to what was a derelict building.[4] It now employs five weavers on a full-time basis, including two apprentice weavers.[1]

Artists who have worked with Dovecot Studios include:[citation needed]

As well as housing the Studio's Tapestry Studio, Dovecot's Infirmary Street home now also includes a cafe, shop, event hire spaces and three exhibition galleries. These spaces have shown a number Dovecot curated and touring exhibitions including Weaving The Century:Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 1912 - 2012, Jerwood Makers Open and exhibitions by artists as diverse as Ptolemy Mann, Wendy Ramshaw and Michael Brennand Wood.

During the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe a musical performance ' A Tapestry Of Many Threads' written by Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham received its world premiere on the weaving floor at Dovecot to critical acclaim. The performance celebrated a decade of Dovecot weaving and included performers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 'A Tapestry Of Many Threads' won a 2012 Herald Angel Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tapestry Studios". Dovecot Studios. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Museums and Galleries: Tapestry". Edinburgh Museums & Galleries. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Dovecote Studios". Dovecote Studios. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gilchrist, Jim (14 November 2006). "Bathed in the glory of tapestry JIM GILCHRIST on Dovecot Studios' new home - the former public baths on Infirmary Street". The Scotsman  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 8 February 2014.