Culture City gets New Lanark in Stitches at last

Tapestry on display
Tapestry on display

On a good day, with light traffic, you can usually get from Glasgow to New Lanark in about an hour.

However it’s taken 26 YEARS for one of the exhibits from the 1990 European City of Culture to get the 35-odd miles ‘up the watter’ of the Clyde to the World Heritage Village.

In what the New Lanark Trust is promoting as a “blast from the past”, the Keeping Glasgow in Stitches exhibition is now running at the village Institute’s Gallery Room from now until March 31 with entry free.

Back in 1990, the series of twelve banners depicting various aspects of city life through the twelve months of the year was created by the community sewing project Needleworks with the help of Glasgow Museums.

Using various fabrics and materials, 600 volunteers put together the banners in the Great Hall of Kelvingrove Museum.

Now the Trust is hoping that a whole new generation will take up a chance to see the banners and it also invites any of the surviving original volunteers who created them to make a sentimental journey to New Lanark to see their work again a quarter of a century and a bit after it was on show in the city.

Said Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer: “The River Clyde flows through the twelve banners, making New Lanark the perfect place to exhibit them as we have the famous River Clyde on our doorstep.

“The banners really are a celebration of what makes Glasgow such an amazing place – the themes so relevant and recognizable to anyone who loves Glasgow.

“We hope that lots of people who were connected to, or involved in creating, the banners, will come along to see them 26 years on!”

This show follows other successful ‘imported’ works at the village which includes The Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Prestonpans Tapestry.

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