Following a period of temporary closure, Dovecot Studios – including the Dovecot Shop – in Edinburgh is reopening to the public from 15 July.

Visitors will be able to visit a new exhibition which had been scheduled to open in April, ‘Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant’, as well as the Dovecot Shop which presents contemporary art, craft and design from local makers.

A number of new measures have been put in place to provide visitors with the best and safest experience possible, including increased cleaning, protective screens, encouragement of physical distancing, time-slots for exhibition tickets, and hand-sanitising stations.

A highlight of reopening is a brand new exhibition, ‘Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant’. This exhibition explores the lifestyle revolution that swept through post-war Britain, changing the social landscape forever.

Bringing about this change through a lens of art and design were a group of radical young revolutionaries including Mary Quant, Terence Conran, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Bernard and Laura Ashley.

Tickets are available for July and August with timed slots for visitors to choose from.

Kate Grenyer, Exhibitions Curator at Dovecot says, “’Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant’ provides an extensive and provocative look at a truly innovative era in Britain’s history, exploring the origins of pop culture and how art, design and fashion were used to demand and effect social change in the years that followed.

“We hope it provides inspiring stories for young and old audiences alike, especially those who have been inside for the past few months.”

Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot Studios says, “We are delighted to be reopening our doors to provide a safe, inspiring space for our visitors.

“These are challenging times for the arts, and we are working to make visitors feel safe to come to Dovecot, and to enjoy and support our work, whether through a donation, visiting our exhibition that we have worked tirelessly to present, or buying something wonderful in our shop.”

Opening times:
15-31 July, Wed-Sat 10am to 5pm.
From 1 August, Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm

The exhibition is supported by The Dovecot Foundation and organised by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.