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Great Tapestry has visitor numbers sewn up


Thousands of visitors have threaded their way to see Scotland's largest community arts project at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Since The Great Tapestry of Scotland, a 140-metre embroidered tapestry which depicts the history of Scotland, went on display for the first time in mid-February, 38,814 visitors have visited the Gallery.

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.

Professor McCall Smith said: "I am delighted that the exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been so well received in Aberdeen, and I am very pleased that the Art Gallery has taken steps to ensure that everyone who wishes to see this wonderful celebration of Scotland's past will be able to do so."

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 remain on display until Sunday, 20 April – a day longer than scheduled. Gallery opening times have been extended until 7.30pm on Thursday 17 April, and until 5pm on Sunday 20 April.

Art Gallery and Museums manager Christine Rew, said: "The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been hugely popular with visitors of all ages to the Art Gallery. People are enthralled by the portrayal of Scotland's history and culture which is illustrated so effectively through the embroidered panels. In response to this feedback the Art Gallery opening hours have been extended during the show's final weeks to allow everyone the chance to see the exhibition for the first time or enjoy a repeat visit".

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.

Opening times

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 1pm-4pm

Closed Monday

Admission free