Please note that tickets for Saturday’s practical sessions are now sold out
Join us for our latest Creative Masterclass where we will take a deep dive into The Burrell Collection’s world renowned tapestry collection, exploring the history and future of weaving in Scotland.
Running across two days, there will be opportunities for talks and discussion, a chance to get involved with a practical weaving session and much more.
On day one you will hear from experts in the field of textiles and find out more about The Burrell Collection tapestries, including those from our Medieval and Renaissance collections. We will also discuss the artistic value, nature and identity of 21st century tapestry as a distinctive Scottish art form with specialist talks from the renowned Dovecot Studios. [https://dovecotstudios.com/about] Established in Edinburgh in 1912, at the same time William Burrell was collecting tapestries, Dovecot Studios have been expertly weaving in Scotland for over 100 years.
Day two is time to get practical, with Dovecot Master Weavers leading a tapestry workshop which will introduce you to the skills and processes needed to create your very own sample piece to take home.
11am – Arrivals (tea & coffee)
11.10 – Housekeeping and welcome
11.20 – Speaker 1 – Rebecca Quinten (Tapestries at The Burrell Collection)
12.05 – Speaker 2 – Helen Wyld (Senior Curator responsible for European Textiles, Medieval to 1850 at National Museums Scotland and author of The Art of Tapestry, 2022)
13.00 – Lunch and opportunity to look around our galleries
14.00 – Return to Creative Masterclass, light refreshments
14.00 – Speaker 3 – Professor Frances Lennard – Honorary Professional Research Fellow at University of Glasgow – The Burrell Tapestry Research Project
14.45 – Speaker 4 – Celia Joicey (Dovecot Studios)
15.30 – Final questions
11am-4pm – Practical session with Master Weavers from Dovecot Studios. All materials provided with tea and coffees supplied throughout the day.
Please note that timings may be subject to change.
When booking tickets, you are welcome to book a place on one or both days.
Light refreshments will be provided, but please bring along a packed lunch and use our indoor/outdoor picnic areas or visit our restaurant to buy your lunch.