The Great Tapestry of Scotland gallery & visitor centre is where the people's story of Scotland and creative journeys begin. It houses one of the world's largest community arts projects (The Great Tapestry of Scotland), visiting exhibits, workshops & a cafe.
The centre has been purpose built to house The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which was created and hand stitched by 1,000 people from across Scotland. The Tapestry tells a compelling visual account of Scotland’s history, heritage and culture from its formation to present day. It was the vision of one of the world’s best loved writers Alexander McCall-Smith, designed by artist Andrew Crummy and teams of stitchers around Scotland from a narrative written by the award-winning writer and historian Alistair Moffat. It is made up of 300 miles of wool (enough to lay the entire length of Scotland from the border with England to the tip of the Shetland in the North Atlantic).
In addition to housing the Tapestry itself, the building houses a cafe, a gallery for visiting exhibits and a workshop space giving people an opportunity to meet, and learn from, the makers.
The first temporary exhibit is Iconic Scotland, which features written and photographic contributions from 40 iconic, inspiring and pioneering individuals including Outlander Stars Sam Heughan and Grant O’Rourke, actress Joanna Lumley, sports stars Doddie Weir, athlete Liz McColgan and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and brewing pioneer Sir Geoff Palmer.