Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird’s Song

Dovecot Studios’ major tapestry with artist Chris Ofili returns to Edinburgh this summer.

Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird's Song, 2014–2017 at Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh
©Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird's Song, 2014–2017
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28th June - 5th October
£12.00 per person

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Hearing Loop

Level Access

Venue Accessibility

Access guide

Accessible toilets

Drop-off point

Hearing Loop

Large print, braille or audio

Level Access

Level access from entrance to reception

Level access to all public areas

Level access to dining room, cafe or restaurant

Level access to main entrance

Lift or stairlift

Ramp to main entrance

Suitable for visitors with limited mobility

Wheelchair access throughout

Designed by Chris Ofili and created by Dovecot, this new exhibition brings to life the process by which Dovecot’s master weavers transformed the colours, myths and magic of Ofili’s watercolour design.

Forming the centerpiece of an exhibition in the studios where it was woven, visitors will be able to gain a fascinating insight into the weavers’ work and see their original colour experiments and discover the skills required to interpret an artist’s design.

Measuring over 7 metres wide, The Caged Bird’s Song took five weavers three years to create, requiring 35 kilos of wool and over 6,000 hours in total. The imagery in the tapestry reflects the artist’s long-held interest in classical mythology and contemporary ‘demigods’, together with the stories, magic and colour of the Trinidadian landscape.

Dovecot Studios is fully wheelchair accessible, including the lift which accesses all floors. Folding chairs are available in the Gallery space.

For further details on the exhibition and to book tickets, go to Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird’s Song.