The Golden Tapestry

An arts project linking schools across the Commonwealth

The Millennium Tapestry Company, which is a not-for-profit organization that runs arts projects for schools in Britain and overseas. Were set up in 1998 to organize the Millennium Tapestry for schools around Britain. One school in East Lothian, Longniddry Primary School took part in the second project, the Golden Tapestry created for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, which involved 800 schools in 48 Commonwealth countries and territories including 25 from Scotland. As you can see from the attached photograph, the work from Longniddry was wonderful. Since then we have run further projects including the Thames Heritage Tapestry, which was part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Cultural Festival and was awarded the Inspire Mark.

 We have been invited to bring a small display of the Golden Tapestry to the Scottish Learning Festival in September this year at the SECC with the intention to inspire teachers in Scottish schools to take part in a brand-new tapestry to welcome the world to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of their cultural festival. We understand that Glasgow 2014 will work to have the tapestry as a permanent display in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh after the Games.

We are looking for perhaps 96 schools in Scotland to create work to add to the work from a similar number of canvases created around the Commonwealth for the Golden Tapestry. For this we have the backing in principle of both Glasgow 2014 and Education Scotland. We should very much like schools from East Lothian to take part and to give the opportunity to a new generation of pupils.  

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Please contact Lizzie Owen  if you would like your school to be involved in this project.

Lizzie Owen
Chief Executive
The Millennium Tapestry Company (Company Limited by Guarantee 3594006)
Building 68 Heyford Park, Camp Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 5HD
01869 233165 and 07887 691674





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Creative Scotland is funding a stand at the…

Creative Scotland is funding a stand at the Scottish Learning Festival 2011 that will promote the impact that engagement with the arts in educational environments. Please see details of a call for contributors below. We are looking for a cross disciplinary group of artists to carry out a creativity lab for visitors over the course of the 2 days of the festival, 21st and 22nd September, transforming the Arts Inspiring Learning space as they go. We would actively encourage joint applications from groups of cross disciplinary artists who are interested in collaborating for this opportunity. More details and fees are outlined below.

If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch as detailed below.

Call out for artists of all disciplines to set up and run a ‘creativity lab’ for visitors to the Scottish Learning Festival at SECC on 21 and 22 September 2011.
The overall theme of the festival is Digital.

Artists are invited to submit ideas to engage SLF visitors (i.e Teachers, Local Authority Education Staff, Primary and Secondary pupils etc) in participating in a creative process(es). The resulting artworks will contribute to the overall transformation of the stall at SLF.

Key elements:

• Participatory approaches

• Give teachers practical tools and ideas to take back to the classroom

• Highlight how working with creative professionals can support interdisciplinary learning in the classroom

• Cross art form approach, incorporating elements of film, video, dance, theatre, visual arts etc.

• Artists have good understanding and recent experience of working within schools

• Explores a variety of ways to engage (live, virtually, through GLOW etc)

Artists will be selected to participate by the artform networks group organising this stall, using the key elements above as criterion.

Please highlight any suggestions you have in engaging people which may require additional support (BSL Interpreter, Captioning, Support Workers etc)

All resulting work must be made available for use by Creative Scotland and LTS for broadcast, GLOW Meets and video and any other recording media.

The total fee offered is £5000 which includes all planning, travel costs and materials etc. Set up on Tues 20 September and break down on Thurs 22 September.

Please submit by Monday 20 June to Dawn Hartley, SDT, Dundee Rep, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB ensuring you include your name, contact phone and email.