Museum of Liverpool: Huge Liverpool Tapestry to go on display

Chinese Arch by Hilary McCormack

A huge tapestry, created tocelebrate Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, is to go ondisplay at the Museum of Liverpool.

Chinese Arch by Hilary McCormack

Following on from Mike McCartney’sLiverpool exhibition which ends on 15 April in the Skylight Gallery, TheLiverpool Tapestry: People, Places andPassions will open on Friday 27 April until Sunday 9 September.

Conceived and funded by Home Bargains, the Tapestry has been produced by more than150 people, who have hand-stitched 338 individual tapestry panels to make upthe triptych, which cumulatively spans over six metres in length.

The panels feature iconic imagesincluding Superlambananas, the city’s historic buildings, and aspects of Liverpool that have special meaning for the individualembroiderers.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpoolsaid: “The Liverpool Tapestry is a great example of the reason that the Museum  of Liverpoolis here. The exhibitions and displays continue to be created for and by thepeople of this city, told through their passion for the place they live. TheTapestry follows this ethos perfectly, and we are extremely thankful to HomeBargains for enabling us to display it in the Skylight Gallery.”

JoeMorris, Operations Director of Home Bargains said: “The process of creating theLiverpool Tapestry began with Home Bargain’s Go Create 08 campaign as away to get people to be more hands on and involved in the Capital of Culturecelebrations by producing something themselves.

“TheTapestry has 338 pieces, which each show a piece of Liverpoolthat’s important to the person who created it. I have looked at it many times and seesomething new each time; it keeps you spellbound for hours. I hopevisitors to the Museum of Liverpool will get thesame enjoyment from it when it goes on display.”

Joe created a panel of workhimself of a Home Bargains shop front and many other groups and individualshave had the chance to add their own creations during a two year-long process,including school children from Merchant Taylors’ School.

Gill Roberts from the MerseysideEmbroiderers’ Guild said: “Over the course of 25 workshops we worked withpeople of all ages from across the city, who each brought their own inspirationand unique ideas to the project.

“The work is so delicate andskilled that it took a long time to pull it all together, but I know peoplewill be impressed by the hard work that went into the Tapestry, and thefinished result is breathtaking.”

Displayed opposite TheLiverpool Cityscape in the Skylight Gallery at the top of the Museum’ssweeping staircase, the Liverpool Tapestry, represents the people,places and passions of Liverpool.

Home Bargains has sponsored theSkylight Gallery for a two-year period, which begins with the display of the LiverpoolTapestry, enabling the space to be used for future exhibitions andassociated community programmes.

Janet Dugdale added: “At a timewhen budgets are being cut and funding for our Museums is reduced, sponsorshipfrom companies such as Home Bargains is a lifeline to National MuseumsLiverpool, allowing us to develop new exhibitions. We are grateful for thisopportunity to provide a changing programme in the Skylight Gallery, one of theMuseum  of Liverpool’sspecial exhibition spaces.”