The Come Forth for Wildlife project worked with local communities, groups, schools and held drop-in Mapestry sessions at popular venues across the Forth Valley in 2020 & 2021 to create the Mapestry. This community driven artwork is a 12 panel Map Tapestry depicting the local heritage of the Forth Valley, with one panel for each month of the year.
See the sessions that took place here! Over 800 members of the local community came together throughout 25 sessions to contribute to the panels with artwork large and small. The Mapestry sessions were guided by professional textile artist Maija Nygren who finalised all the wonderful panels.
Mapestry Tour at The Helix
The Mapestry is now on Tour! In 2021 – 2023 the Mapestry will visit 17 venues for a month each for local communities and the public to view. For those venues you can visit why not check out this fantastic piece of local art and spot all the local heritage found within! For those who can’t make it to a venue see our Interactive Mapestry Tour here! You might find a frog, a toad, The Kelpies or the Wallace Monument…..but what else can you see?
So far we’ve visited 15 venues with the Mapestry Tour and 147,462 people have come along to venues to view the Mapestry and fantastic art works that took place.
You still have chance to see the Mapestry before our project concludes. Six more venues will house the Mapestry up until the end of June 2023 – see these venues below!
Mapestry Tour Venues
December 2021 – Carrongrange High School
January 2022 – Transition Stirling
February 2022 – St. Andrews Primary School
March 2022 – Speirs Centre, Alloa
April 2022 – Stirling Central Library
May 2022 – Larbert Library
June 2022 – Bannockburn House, Stirling
July 2022 – Dumyat Centre, Menstrie, Clackmannanshire
August 2022 – Stirling Reuse Hub
September 2022 – Hawkhill Community Centre, Alloa
October 2022 – The Helix, Home of The Kelpies
November 2022 – Affinity Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping, Tillicoultry
December 2022 – The Thistles Centre, Stirling
January 2023 – Bo’ness Recreation Centre
February 2023 – The Tolbooth, Stirling
March 2023 – University of Stirling
April 2023 – St. Mungo’s Parish Church, Alloa
May 2023 – Holy Rude, Stirling
June 2023 – Bo’ness Library
Visit the Interactive Mapestry Tour!
In October 2022 Froglife hosted a Celebration Event for the Mapestry – taking place at The Helix Visitor Centre, Falkirk. We were honoured to have the Provost of Falkirk Council – Provost Robert Bissett – open the event and were thrilled to have the Provost of Stirling Council – Provost Douglas Dodds – in attendance at the event. The event brought together local councillors, local council employees, local organisations and those involved in creating the Mapestry to hear about the background to the Mapestry and get involved with their own small craft activity to let us know their thoughts on the Mapestry. Stirling based artist, illustrator and graphic designer David Galletly delivered a fantastic talk to guests centered on the interaction between art and local communities.