We will present exhibitions of Scottish and International art, craft and design throughout the year in Gallery 1420. Our exhibits are supported by a lively and innovative programme of activities to inspire local, national and international visitors, and to continue The Great Tapestry of Scotland’s compelling storytelling.
People are such a big part of Scotland’s story. It is the people of Scotland, their achievements and their warmth that puts our country on the map. Indeed, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an artwork born from the love of Scottish places, people and stories.
This great love is also at the heart of our opening Iconic Scotland exhibit, which continues the storytelling tradition that Scotland is renowned for the world over and showcases some of the country’s greatest achievements.
It features written and photographic contributions from over 40 iconic, inspiring and pioneering individuals from across Scotland. A number of associated artefacts are also on display including a signed Clanlands book from author and Outlander star Sam Heughan, Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship belt, an embroidered purse on loan from nearby Traquair House, and a kilt created by 21st Century Kilts Designer Howie Nicholsby using an exclusive Great Tapestry of Scotland fabric designed by Lochcarron of Scotland.
Individuals featured include pioneers, trailblazers, global icons, musicians, songwriters, artists, authors, food champions, scientists, actors, sportspeople, human rights defenders, national heroes and more. Contributors include Sam Heughan, actress Joanna Lumley, rugby legends Doddie Weir and Chris Paterson, brewing pioneer and human rights campaigner Sir Geoff Palmer, singer KT Tunstall, Cbeebies star Mimi Robertson, footballer John Collins, solar energy pioneer Lesley Yellowlees, athlete Liz McColgan and Sir Walter Scott.