The Great Tapestry of Scotland Returns To Dundee

Posted March 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm in Art, News

SCOTLAND’s largest community art project, the Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to Verdant Works in Dundee this year to unveil a stunning array of 82 newly embroidered panels. The tapestry, which is the longest in the world, relays Scotland’s history from pre-historic times to the present day in 30 miles of richly coloured yarn. Alexander McCall Smith, author the ever-popular No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and initiator of the project describes the work as “a great work of art” which “brings a fascinating story to life in a way that no other single artefact can match. It is a treasure of astonishing beauty and interest.”

The work embroidered on cloth, rather than woven, in the same vein as the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy. Each panel, which takes over 400 hours to complete is directed by principal embroiderer, Dorie Wilkie and stitched by an army of 1000 volunteers who annotated the tapestry meticulously in English, Gaelic, Latin and Scots.

Great Tapestry of Scoland, Dundee, exhibitionGreat Tapestry of Scotland complete panel, Courtesy of Alex Hewitt

The new display will show the Vikings’ invasion of Scotland, the Glencoe Massacre, the first Edinburgh festival, the 1980s Miner’s Strike and the first Scotland v England rugby match and will also include seven panels from last year’s show. The designers of the tapestry, historian Alastair Moffat and Scottish-based muralist Andrew Crummy made sure female historical figures are represented too such as the Hebridean Herring Girls who gutted and barrelled the herring catch along Scotland’s shores.

Paul Jennings, Executive Director of Dundee Heritage Trust said, “It is fantastic to have the second part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Verdant Works this year. It was such a successful event last year and The High Mill is the perfect venue for it.”

Great Tapestry of Scoland, Dundee, exhibitionGreat Tapestry of Scotland complete panel. Courtesy of Alex Hewitt

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which is sponsored by The Alexander Moncur Trust and Blackadders LLP for the Dundee Heritage Trust is on view from August 26 – October 22, 2017 at Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 5BT

Tel: 01382 309060


Front page image: Great Tapestry of Scotland complete panel, Courtesy of Alex Hewitt


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