Detail from pink and yellow Alan Davie tapestry.

Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off world

Dovecot Studios

Dovecot Studios present Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off World, a centenary exhibition celebrating the work of Scottish artist Alan Davie (1920-2014).

Featuring rarely seen works from each decade of his career, this retrospective is a timely tribute to one of the greatest Scottish artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is curated by artist Siobhan McLaughlin, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art 80 years after Davie himself.

Alan Davie was a true polymath, working as a painter, jeweller, and jazz musician. Davie built a multidisciplinary practice which led him to seek out the magic in all his pursuits, particularly in painting.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and archive material from the private collections of Davie’s friends and peers. Davie’s multidisciplinary approach is demonstrated through collaborations with Dovecot, of which a tapestry Cosmic Spiral and rug Celtic Spirit II will be displayed. 

Funded by the William Grant Foundation. With support from John Ellerman Foundation.

Curated by Siobhan McLaughlin.

Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off world


Alan Davie

Ticket Information

£10.50 / conc. £9.50 / ages 13-17 £7.50 / 50% off entry with National Art Pass / carers go free / ticket includes entry to Raphael exhibition

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Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

0131 550 3660

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Daily in August

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Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

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