One google search and a bus ride later, we found ourselves at our next destination: Dovecot Gallery.
We were greeted as we came in by Alyson who had studied Art both as an undergraduate and master’s degree, and now works for Dovecot Gallery taking on a multifaceted role doing things from reception and greeting guests to social media and marketing, whilst also working on her own artistic career. She explained the interesting history of the building we were in, as well as the tapestry weaving they do there.
The building used to be a public swimming pool, and now houses a tapestry weaving studio. We discovered that anyone can apply to be an apprentice weaver, regardless of if you have a background in arts or not! The Gallery is working together with Edinburgh Napier University on providing a virtual reality experience of the tapestry studio, in order not to disturb the weavers as they work – what a fusion of ancient and new technology.
The challenge that Alyson gave us was a way to get more people to come and see the Northlands Creative Glass exhibit that Dovecot Gallery was currently showing. We were struck by how beautiful the works of art were, and had a few ideas about events and changes to the display in order to draw more visitors.
We thought that it would be a good idea to hold a torchlight exhibit in the evening, where the lights are turned off in the exhibition room and guests can explore the art in a different way, taking advantage of the unique properties of glass.
We also thought that some of the works deserved their own partition so guests could experience them without any distractions.
We received our next clue, which told us the next challenge was at a theatre, named for ‘What a dancer does as they move across the stage…’