New Lanark, an 18th century Scottish cotton-spinning mill village, is hosting the return of the Great Tapestry of Scotland with their new exhibition, Making of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, opening this May. After first exhibiting the tapestry in 2014, the new exhibition will allow visitors to discover the story of the tapestry’s creation through original sketches, photography, memorabilia and memories from those closest to the project.
Panels from the tapestry will be exhibited alongside fascinating insights from Dorie Wilkie, lead stitcher, and her team of 1000+ stitchers who worked on the project. The show will also include original sketches and personal works by Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the tapestry’s illustrative design depicting key moments in Scotland’s history.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland was the brainchild of writer Alexander McCall Smith. The author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, artist Andrew Crummy and more than 1,000 stitchers, formed a team to produce the world’s longest tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland. Taking 65,000 hours of stitching and using over 300 miles of wool, illustrating 420 million years of Scottish history in 160 panels, this beautiful tapestry depicts the entire history of Scotland.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland, 18 May - 1 July 2018
New Lanark, World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire Scotland ML11 9DB