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Dovecot Studios Appoints New Director

Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios has announced the appointment of Celia Joicey as its new Director, succeeding David Weir after his 17-year leadership.

Celia Joicey comes from her role as Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, having joined in 2011. During this time she has raised the Museum’s profile with a series of critically acclaimed exhibitions including Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol and Liberty in Fashion. In addition, she has transformed the Museum’s income and overseen a trajectory of growth with visitor numbers increasing from 21,000 to 57,000 in 2016/17.

The announcement follows the recent completion of a significant tapestry collaboration between Dovecot and artist Chris Ofili, culminating in a major exhibition at the National Gallery and a BBC documentary. Alastair Salvesen CBE, Chair of The Dovecot Foundation said; “I am delighted with the appointment of Celia Joicey, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the organisation and leadership of galleries and their activities, particularly in an area of direct relevance to tapestry and the other interests of Dovecot. She will be in an excellent position to maintain and enhance Dovecot’s position as a leading light in tapestry weaving and as an exhibition centre.”

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