The Great Tapestry of Scotland is coming to Aberdeen

29 November 2013

The artwork at the heart of Scotland's largest ever community arts project will go on display in Aberdeen Art Gallery next year [February 2014].

The Great Tapestry of Scotland - Scotland's History stitched with love is a stunning, 140 metre embroidered tapestry which depicts the history of Scotland. This incredible project was spearheaded by popular author, Alexander McCall Smith.

McCall Smith together with historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy designed 160 historical panels each depicting key moments from Scotland's past, from prehistory to the 21st century. The artwork was then adapted for stitch by Dorie Wilkie and across the length and breadth of Scotland over 1,000 stitchers - including those from the North-east of Scotland - worked tirelessly to create this stunning homage to Scotland's past.

It is all there, from the crawl of the glaciers to Dolly the Sheep, and not forgetting the Hillman Imp and Archie Gemmil's goal.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager, said: "We are delighted to bring The Great Tapestry of Scotland to Aberdeen especially as more than 80 people from the North-east of Scotland participated in making this outstanding work.

"There is a huge interest in the project locally and across the country and I know it is going to be a real highlight of next year's programme at the gallery."

Alexander McColl Smith said: "I am delighted that people in Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland now have a chance to visit this lovely tapestry. They will find that their own part of Scotland has contributed a great deal to the subject matter and making of the tapestry."

The tapestry will go on display from Saturday 15 February until Saturday 19 April 2014.