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Be inspired to get crafty at Great Tapestry of Scotland workshops

 25 March 2015  |  


Ayr Town Hall is gearing up to welcome the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Ayr Town Hall is gearing up to welcome the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Tapestry making, glass and silk painting, quilting, knitting and printing are just some of the free activities that will be taking place in South Ayrshire when the Great Tapestry of Scotland comes to Ayr Town Hall. 

The Great Tapestry is one of the UK's largest ever community arts projects, and the longest embroidered tapestry in the world, featuring 160 historical panels that depict moments from Scotland's past up to the 21st century.

It will be on display – with free admission – at Ayr Town Hall from 4 April to 31 May 2015 (Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm, with late opening until 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays – last entry is permitted one hour before closing).

To help inspire local residents and visitors, a number of community and art activities have been organised to coincide with the tapestry exhibition, including:

  • Glass painting workshop
  • Silk painting and embroidery
  • Printing workshop
  • Storytelling
  • Learn to weave on weaving sticks and peg looms
  • Learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom
  • 3D needle felt-making
  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Song writing workshop
  • Pixel art tapestry
  • Organist performance
  • Fine art
  • Robert the Bruce and his Ayrshire connections
  • Round Old Ayr history walk
  • People's Panel
  • The Great Tapestry of Scotland talk
  • Great Tapestry of Scotland tour
  • The Time Traveller's Tapestry
  • Embroidery
  • Community-based youth theatre performance
  • Bookbug
  • Drama with Fib Youth Theatre
  • Family Funday.

The workshops will be delivered as part of the South Ayrshire Place Partnership Plan, which is funded by Creative Scotland and co-ordinated by the South Ayrshire Arts Partnership.

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said: "The Council, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership and Ayr Renaissance are working in partnership to make the Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Ayr an event people will remember for many years to come. This great programme of activities will do just that. And if a visit to the tapestry inspires you, you can try one of our exciting workshops to create your own work of art."

James Knox, Chair of Ayr Renaissance, added: "The community arts programme which has been developed to run alongside the showing of the Great Tapestry of Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for people to have fun and learn as well as seeing the world's largest tapestry which depicts the history of our great country so vividly."

Kerry Walsh, Chair of the South Ayrshire Arts Partnership said: "The South Ayrshire Arts Partnership has supported and attended workshops in partnership with the Great Tapestry of Scotland, in preparation for showing this tapestry in Ayr. The tapestry reflects the colourful history of Scotland and the artists involved in capturing these iconic events in individual unique panels of art and design."

Visitors to the tapestry can also stitch their way into history by contributing to the 'People's Panel', which was designed by Andrew Crummy and is a colourful commemoration of the Scottish Parliament building.

It will hang in the Scottish Parliament as a part of the permanent art collection once complete. Experienced stitchers will be on hand to guide those with no or limited experience of stitching and will operate on a first come, first served basis. Visitors will also be asked to help choose a design for a South Ayrshire panel which will be stitched by local people after the tapestry display.

Frances McArthur, Ayrshire Embroiders Guild, said: "Ayrshire Embroiderers are very excited about the Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Ayr and are thrilled to be taking part in the People's Panel."

To find out more about the workshops and activities available, visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/tapestry. To book an activity or find out more, email tapestry@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 559405.

To keep up to date with the progress of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, visit www.scotlandstapestry.com or follow them through Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more about the workshops and activities available, visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/tapestry. To book an activity or find out more, email tapestry@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 616273.

To keep up to date with the progress of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, visit www.scotlandstapestry.com or follow them through Facebook and Twitter. 

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