Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Opening panel

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Bannockurn

Rosslyn Chapel Panel

Rosslyn Chapel Panel

Sadly stolen on 10 September 2015

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Lolaire panel

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Parliament reconvenes

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Ceaseless Surge Panel

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Sketchbook

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Fullsize drawings

Workshop

Workshop

Scottish Parliament

Tracing the drawings

Tracing the drawings

A stitchers workbox

A stitchers workbox

Halfway event at Summerhall

Halfway event at Summerhall

Lynne and Jim - a stitching team

Lynne and Jim - a stitching team

A workshop in a kitchen

A workshop in a kitchen

Taking notes

Taking notes

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Scottish Parliament Exhibition

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Scottish Parliament

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Anchor Mills, Paisley

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Ayr Town Hall

Great Tapestry Building at Galashiel

Great Tapestry Building at Galashiel

New home for Tapestry at Galashiels, Scottish Borders. Image Architects Page and Park

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

 

Launched at The Scottish Parliament 3rd September 2013

Designer/Artist

143 metres long and 1 metre high.

163 panels

Involved over 1000 stitchers.

 

It tells the story of Scotland from its formation millions of years ago to the opening of present day.

 

As the designer of The Great Tapestry of Scotland I drew out every one of the 164 panels, which measures 1 metre high and 142 metres long. The Tapestry is a timeline starting with the formation of the rocks that would become Scotland to the present day. It was designed in a way, that although it is stitched in many communities, when it is brought together, it should become one artwork. The grid that underpins the design means that it is split into 10cm squares within the 1m square design. It involved over 1000 stitchers. The chief stitcher was Dorie Wilkie. The idea came from Alexander McCall Smith and storyline devised by Alistair Moffat.

 

Since its launch just under 400,000 visitors have visited exhibitions at Scottish Parliament 2013; Cockenzie House; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Anchor Mill, Paisley, Scottish Parliament (return) 2014; New Lanark Heritage Centre; Great Hall, Stirling Castle; Ayr, Town hall; Kirkcaldy Art Galleries; Museum nan Eilean (Sgoil Lionacleit), Benbecula, Outer Hebrides ; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Verdant Works, Dundee.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland building in Galashiels is due to open in the spring of 2021.

 

http://www.scotlandstapestry.com/

BBC Radio Four Front Row review

 

Tapestry design and drawing copyright © Andrew Crummy

 

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Halfway event at Summerhall