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The Weaver's Apprentice
The Weaver's Apprentice
01/03/2017 01/07/2017  10:30 - 17:30
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

This exhibition tells the story of the Dovecot apprenticeship, featuring objects from the organisation’s archive, as well as historic and current works.

The loss of Dovecot’s founding master weavers, John ‘Jack’ Glassbrook and Gordon Berry in 1917 during World War 1, might have seen the end of the Tapestry Studio before it had fully begun, but the young apprentices Ronald Cruickshank, Richard Gordon and David Lindsay Anderson returned to continue weaving at the Studio. A new group of apprentices was recruited after 1919 and the cycle of activity at the Studio continued. This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Glassbrook and Berry in 1917 and celebrates the legacy of their apprentices’ work.

The exhibition includes the loan of The Chace from Hampshire Cultural Trust – an important tapestry produced by Morris & Co. and woven by Dovecot’s founding weavers after their own apprenticeships with William Morris. Apprentice weaver Ben Hymers’ apprentice piece Hipsters Love Triangles, and his study work, Penelope, is also on view, along with his reactions to the six generations of apprentices who have gone before him.

A supporting programme of events will run alongside this exhibition, with an emphasis on the stories behind the tapestries, the apprentices and Dovecot’s heritage. All events have a hearing loop available for use and are free to attend unless stated otherwise.

The exhibition is open from Friday 10 March to Saturday 1 July 2017, open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.30pm.

For more information please visit Dovecot Studios.

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