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Published: 27 June 2020

By Andy Ross

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Archie Brennan at The Dovecot

Kate Grenyer is the Exhibitions Curator at Edinburgh's Dovecot Studio. The email I received is about an upcoming Archie Brennan exhibition and is included below. Our piece, Article of the Week 19 - is planned to be part of this show. Fantastic! If you would like to donate to the costs for the exhbition you can use this link. 

Dear Andy, 

I hope that you are keeping well.

While we continue to work with a temporarily reduced staff at Dovecot under challenging circumstances, we are committed to some great projects including a fundraising campaign for the upcoming Archie Brennan exhibition for which we approached you for the loan of your tapestry.

After starting his 60 year career at Dovecot, Archie went on to become a true master of modern tapestry. However, he has not gained the recognition he deserves due to his work in this uncommon medium, and we therefore consider him to be one of the greatest unrecognised British artists of the 20th century. So that we can realise the first major exhibition of his work in the UK (scheduled to open at Dovecot in March 2021), we are launching an Art Happens campaign with the Art Fund to raise £20,000.

The campaign goes live at 12pm on 23 June, and we are keen to share the message as widely as possible. On this day we will be sharing a film which features key supporters of the campaign including Prue Leith and Mary Schoeser, as well as announcing details of rewards for donations including an exclusive print by Callum Innes, a weaving kit, and a poster and sticker set by Beca Lipscombe of Atelier E.B.

It would be fantastic if you could share the campaign next week with your networks, whether that be social media, a newsletter, or word of mouth, and we hope that you may be inclined to donate to the campaign also. 

I will be in touch about the loan of your own tapestry in due course.

All the very best,

Kate Grenyer