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Gallery to stay open late to meet demand to see The Great Tapestry of Scotland


Aberdeen Art Gallery will stay open until 7.30pm on Thursday 17 April to meet the huge demand to see The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which is on show at the Schoolhill venue. 

Since The Great Tapestry of Scotland, a 140-metre embroidered tapestry which depicts the history of Scotland, went on display in mid-February, approximately 40,000 visitors have visited the Gallery to see the nation's largest community arts project.

All events arranged to supplement the incredible project, spearheaded by popular author, Alexander McCall Smith, have been fully subscribed. The Aberdeen Tapestry which is being stitched by visitors, with guidance from volunteer professionals, has attracted more than 2,500 visiting stitchers – the youngest just 10-months-old.

The run of visitors to the exhibition has doubled the Art Gallery's usual visitor numbers. To accommodate those who want to view this fascinating stitch-in-time, the Great Tapestry of Scotland will also remain on display until 5pm on Sunday, 20 April – a day longer than scheduled.

Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew, said: "Visitors to the exhibition have been completely absorbed by this wonderful depiction of Scotland's history. I am delighted that so many people have come to the Gallery to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland. I hope that the extended opening hours will allow visitors to make a return visit or to catch it before it leaves Aberdeen for its next exhibition venue in Paisley."

Professor McCall Smith worked with historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy to design 160 historical panels, each depicting key moments from Scotland's past, from prehistory to the 21st century. The artwork was then adapted for stitch by Dorie Wilkie and across the length and breadth of Scotland more than 1,000 stitchers, including from the North-east, worked together to create this stunning homage to the nation's past.