Largest ever community arts project

Alex Hewitt
Alex Hewitt

Arbroath stitchers had a direct input to the artwork at the heart of Scotland’s largest ever community arts project.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland, a stunning 143 metre embroidered tapestry depicting the entire history of Scotland, was unveiled on Tuesday at the Scottish Parliament. Local stitchers played a vital role in its production.

The ambitious project was spearheaded by one of the world’s most popular authors, 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 pre-history to the 21st century. It’s all there, from the crawl of the glaciers to Dolly the Sheep - not forgetting the Hillman Imp and Archie Gemmil’s goal!

More than 1,000 voluntary stitchers worked for over 700 hours per panel to produce an artwork of unbelievable detail and scope.