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Tapestry wows visitors "Fantastic display, stunning"

 11 June 2015  |  

The Great Tapestry of Scotland – Exhibition Ayr Town Hall

The Great Tapestry of Scotland – Exhibition Ayr Town Hall

Around 20,000 people turned up to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland when it was on display in Ayr Town Hall in April and May, making it one of South Ayrshire Council's most successful exhibitions. 84% of visitors marked the free exhibition as 'excellent' when responding to a survey.

Here are just a few of the comments from the survey

"An awe inspiring exhibition of an awe inspiring history"

"Very thought provoking"

"Thank you for such a wonderful exhibition – thanks also to the volunteers"

As well as having a chance to look at this record breaking artwork, the Council organised a range of free activities for visitors and community groups such as, glass and silk painting, quilting, knitting and printing.

The tapestry, which is one the UK's largest ever community arts projects is the longest embroidered tapestry in the world. At over 140 metres, the tapestry features 160 historical panels that depict moments from Scotland's past up to the 21st century.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: "I am delighted that so many people turned up to see this amazing artwork and I am sure businesses in the town will have benefited from the additional footfall. The Council, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership and Ayr Renaissance worked hard to promote creative arts during the exhibition and this hard work is very much appreciated. I am hopeful that we can secure more exhibitions of this nature in the future."

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