Lost Boat Party

Scotland's Dovecot Studios, in partnership with The Scottish Gallery, celebrated the artist Jock McFadyen's 70th birthday year with Lost Boat Party, a major exhibition of over 20 large paintings, highlighting McFadyen’s understanding of the sublime landscape tradition, alongside the urban dystopia for which the artist is known.

The exhibition formed part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2021 programme.


11 Jun - 25 Sep 2021
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat: 10am-5pm


Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

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21 Aug 2021 11:00-12:00


Lost Boat Party
with Jock McFadyen

Discover Jock McFadyen’s approach to painting the contemporary landscape with Christina Jansen, the exhibition curator, at this special Edinburgh Art Festival tour. An online event.

12 August 2021 11:00


Edi Stark Talks Art
with Jock McFadyen

In this live, informal conversation, Stark delved into the consideration of landscape and environment that drives McFadyen’s work and his unique, unromanticised reflections on Scotland. An online event.

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31 Jul 2021 11:00 - 12:00

ONLINE interview

Edinburgh Art Festival Launch Event
with Jock McFadyen & Simon Groom

Dovecot is delighted to celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2021 with a live interview between artist Jock McFadyen RA and Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland. An online event.

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30 June 2021 18:00-19:00


Making The Mallaig Commission
with Jock McFadyen

Discover all the behind the scenes insights of making our latest rug commission with Scottish Artist, Jock McFadyen. An online event.

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12 Jun 2021 11:00-12:00


In Conversation with Jock McFadyen

Discover Jock’s approach to painting the contemporary landscape in this online conversation with Christina Jansen, Director of The Scottish Gallery. An online event.

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9 Jun 2021


Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures

The Scottish Gallery presents 360-degree virtual tour of Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures City Art Centre exhibition. Experience the Gallery in virtual reality.

9 Jun 2021


The Mallaig Commission Tapestry

Jock McFadyen collaborated with Dovecot Studios on The Mallaig Commission – a major new artwork that interprets the Scottish artist’s gritty, urban vision through the dramatic sensuality of fine art textile.

The Mallaig Commission Artist Proof was on display as part of the exhibition Jock McFadyen: Lost Boat Party. The work was created in a limited edition of three artworks plus the initial Artist Proof.

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23 Dec 2020


Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures

Jock McFadyen: Goes to the Pictures, an exhibition at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. Teddy Jamieson from the Herald interviewed Jock about the background to this creative exhibition and the inspiration behind this new show.
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11 Nov 2020


Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures

Timed to mark his 70th birthday, this major exhibition displays McFadyen's new and existing paintings, paired alongside works from the City Art Centre’s collection of historic and contemporary Scottish art.

Through a series of fascinating pairings, the exhibition encourages viewers to take a closer look. Works that might initially seem unrelated reveal unexpected connections and relationships. Some of these juxtapositions are witty; some are striking or surprising. By showcasing these artworks side by side, the exhibition aims to highlight common visual threads that connect all pictures, mixing up the traditional boundaries of period, style and artistic posture. It places the collection and McFadyen’s work in a fresh and exciting context.
- Maeve Toal, Curator, City Art Centre

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City Art Centre
2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

Exhibition dates:

Sat 14 Nov 2020 - Sun 11 Apr 2021
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm

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02 Nov 2020


ARTICLE: Significant Works

by Sue Hubbard

The derelict 1970s post-war city is the backdrop to many of his paintings of place, its liminal spaces before the rash of high-rise glass and steel developments, the influx of young bankers to Canary Wharf and Limehouse.

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© Jock Mcfadyen

30 Jun 2020


An interview with cityscape painter Jock McFadyen

by Ruth Millington

An exclusive interview undertaken by email between Ruth Millington and Jock McFadyen during lockdown...

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Ruth Millington is an art critic and writer, specialising in modern and contemporary art. She has written for various publications, including the i newspaper, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sorbet Magazine and BBC Online. She has been featured as an art expert on TV and radio, including BBC Breakfast and ITV News. She also writes a blog about art and culture in Birmingham.

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Untitled (Hawksmoore Series No. 3)

© Jock Mcfadyen. Photo credit: Heritage Doncaster

20 Feb 2020



Paintings by Jock McFadyen, David Hepher and Keith Coventry

Turps Gallery, London
Unit 12, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London, SE17 2UQ


22 Feb – 22 Mar 2020

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