The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is now on display in the Perthshire town of Crieff for three weeks.
The extraordinary artwork – which chronicles the impact of Scots who have migrated throughout the world – is being exhibited in Morrison’s Academy Games Hall in Ferntower Road. The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday, July 22 and will run until Saturday, August 12, 2017.
The tapestry left Scotland in 2014 with 150 panels to tour the world and has now doubled in size. The 305 colourful panels bring to life the many achievements of Scots across the globe, from the 10 who have held the office of UK prime minister to the Scots who introduced football to Argentina and Brazil.
The event is a Crieff Arts Festival project supported by Crieff BID and Morrison’s Academy and is part of the Crieff Remembers programme of events.
Provost Dennis Melloy officially opened the exhibition at a Civic Reception on Friday (July 21), and commented: “It’s a real privilege to be able to see this remarkable tapestry here in Perthshire, and to marvel at the extraordinary stories of our Scottish Diaspora. Downloading the free app offers visitors an exciting way to explore the inspiration behind each panel, and really brings our heritage to life.”
Crieff Remembers is an ambitious programme of events to mark 100 years since the 3rd Battle of Ypres: Passchendaele. Local artist June McEwan has helped plan many of the events, which include performances, talks and an exhibition of local history.
June added: “Crieff is the creative heart of Strathearn, with a thriving arts scene, craft shops and galleries contributing to the vibrant community. We are incredibly proud of our local heritage too and are delighted to welcome the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry here for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”
The tapestry was conceived by the team behind the magnificent Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Tapestry and was originally assembled and displayed in Scotland as a significant element of the nation’s 2014 Homecoming celebrations.
Communities with Scottish roots across the globe were contacted back in 2012 with an irresistible invitation: Please tell Scotland your story! Thousands internationally volunteered. No other visual arts project has ever attempted to boldly bring our Scottish Diaspora together in such a manner.
With compelling tales being submitted from communities far and wide, artist Andrew Crummy created initial panel designs for verification by those who would be stitching them. Millions of stitches later this tapestry tells 305 enthralling tales from 34 countries, spanning seven centuries. Together they reflect the breadth and depth of Scotland’s global legacy.
This outstanding exhibition was created by more than 70,000 hours of embroidery across the Scottish diaspora. Since 2014, the completed tapestry has toured throughout each of the contributing countries so that those who took part can share its magnificence, especially with their young people.
It has now come “home” as part of a much-anticipated summer tour of Scottish venues.
For more information visit www.visitcrieff.scot/events