GTOS Competition

Tapestry launches public art competition

To celebrate the Great Tapestry of Scotland’s people’s story of Scotland and the development of its purpose built new visitor centre (opening in spring 2021), we are launching a competition for artists of all ages to create a work of art that captures an iconic moment in Scottish, history, heritage or culture.

The competition can range from 8,500 BC to present day – it could be a pivotal moment from history, a sporting victory, significant music moments, a ground-breaking Scottish innovation, an iconic Scottish film or anything that is an iconic Scottish moment for you.

Any artistic discipline can be used for your entry (eg painting, illustration, sculpture, textile artistry, collage etc) – it may even be something you’ve already created.

To enter, please email a few pictures of your artwork and details of category you wish to enter (see below) by sharing your artwork with the hashtag #ScotlandsTapestry to:

Alternatively, you can email entries to:

Deadline: Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 17:00.

Please note: your entry may be celebrated and shared on social media to encourage other entries. Please let us know when you submit your artwork, if you have any social media channels you would ideally like us to credit or if you do not wish your artwork to be shared. We will credit all artworks that we share.


We have five categories for this competition:

  • Amateur artists:
    • aged 16 +
    • aged 11 to 15
    • aged 7 to 10
    • aged 4 to 6
  • Professional artists

If you are under the age of 16, please ensure you have your parent’s permission to enter.


A selection of the best entries will be displayed in the new Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre.

One winner from each category will receive a family pass to the new visitor centre (Maximum two adults and two children per pass).

We will give selected professional artists an opportunity to sell their artwork in the centre’s new exhibition space.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to visit our Terms and Conditions page.

Note: The Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre is currently reviewing its retail offering, pricing and artists commissions for sales. For professional artists invited to sell their artwork from their new exhibition space, the team will look to ensure the fairest artist commission rate possible to support Scotland’s arts and culture sector and the Tapestry’s continued telling of Scotland’s story for generations to come. The selected artists will be given details of the final commission rate and full terms and conditions of displaying and selling their artwork in the new exhibition space before they commit to displaying their work.

About the new Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre

In 2021, we will open the doors of the latest addition to Scotland’s national visitor attractions – the Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre. The stunning new purpose built visitor centre, with its origami style folding roof and bright and airy exhibition space, will be where Scotland’s story begins for many visitors. It will showcase the country’s rich history, heritage and culture from 8500 BC to present day, and will support the regeneration of one of the UK’s premier textile regions – the Scottish Borders.

At the heart of this exciting new attraction, and the reason for its creation, is the globally acclaimed Great Tapestry of Scotland, one of the world’s largest tapestries and community art projects. The Tapestry tells the people’s story of Scotland like it has never been told before. Hand stitched by 1,000 people from the length and breadth of Scotland, it was brought together by land sea and toured Scotland to great acclaim.