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Dovecot Studios

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Address: 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 550 3660
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Dovecot Tapestry Studio is a world renowned producer of hand-woven tapestry...

Dovecot Tapestry Studio is a world renowned producer of hand-woven tapestry and gun-tufted rugs. Continuing a century-long heritage of making and collaboration with leading international contemporary artists, the Studio is dedicated to producing extraordinary and engaging works of art by commission from private and public collectors from across the globe. Dovecot Gallery is a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry studio. The Gallery occupies an extraordinary building in the heart of Edinburgh working to programme, commission and produce exhibitions and events for audiences and clients who share Dovecot's passion for making and the creative arts. Opening times: Gallery & Shop: Mon-Sat 10.30am - 5.30pm Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony: Thurs - Fri 12-3pm, Sat 10.30am - 5.30pm Cafe: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 5pm

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An interesting location

Title: A fine art gallery ID#: 411883620 Unfortunately, the tapestry studio was not open when we visited but we did have a look round the interesting art exhibition on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
Richmond, United Kingdom
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Title: A fine art gallery ID#: 411883620 Unfortunately, the tapestry studio was not open when we visited but we did have a look round the interesting art exhibition on the Scottish Endarkenment. There were works by over 40 Scottish artists . This was a challenging but interesting exhibition and seems typical of what is on show at the Dovecote. The... More 

Thank SergeLourie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Went for the dazzle exhibition which was fabulous! Another exhibit was also there, and while it didn't interest me it was well done. Small gift shop available with weaving related items. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank pjsVenice
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We visited here to view the tapestries in progress from the viewing gallery. My daughter (7) and I really loved seeing the variety of work, colours and broad range of applications for mixed media/fibre art work. The temporary gallery exhibition was of a really high quality and in a beautiful space. The wee shop is stocked with interesting books and... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Interesting venue, just round the corner from National Museum of Scotland. A converted public swimming pool, with a balcony overlooking huge weaving looms where air guns were used to quickly create tufted weaving, plus convention weaving looms. Interesting exhibits around the balcony gallery. Downstairs some of the art was not necessarily to my taste but very creative. Eg a ladder... More 

Thank Christine E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Lovely place for a quick lunch. Daily specials Good exhibitions are often on. Tapestry workshop can sometimes be views Highly recommend

Thank Juice453
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

A nice place to visit for a bit of creative inspiration. The exhibitions are often good - unusual. Cafe can be busy at times but the cup of tea is good. A small shop - that could offer a rich range if textiles related items for visitors who are keen to be creative - rug kits for example. Seeing the... More 

Thank Kirsten H
Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Excellent venue for a wedding, lovely ambience especially based on the fact that it was originally a Victorian swimming pool. Helpful staff and a perfect location.

Thank OzHel
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

There is always a lovely contemporary and welcoming vibe at Dovecot. They have really good quality and interesting exhibitions. They show work from Scottish makers in the wee shop as well. The only down side is the cafe has recently changed hands. They don't have the same variety as the previous people. The sandwich was really nivce but the soups... More 

Thank P c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Leo's catered an event I attended within Dovecot Studios and it was delicious. Can't wait to try their café

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

See artists in work. Weaving etc.great visiting art shows. Fab cafe. Amazing utilization of old community baths. Lovely cool staff

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