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Tapestry of the Highlands project has announced its new partner to help create the piece of art commemorating the Highlands.

By Imogen James

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On behalf of the Highland Council, High Life Highland has announced The Great Tapestry of Scotland Ltd as the creative agency partner for the creation and delivery of the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands.

The tapestry will tell the history of the Highlands and Islands through 52 different stitched panels, completed by local volunteers from all over the region.

It will encourage community involvement in both its creators and story contributors. The locals will decide how to tell the story of the heritage and culture of their own areas.

Once completed in two years time, the finished tapestry will be shown at venues throughout the Highlands and will then be permanently displayed at Inverness Castle.

Tourism Minister Ivan McKee said: “A tapestry is an exciting medium for bringing to life the rich and remarkable history of the Highlands and Islands. The project is also a chance to unite communities as they stitch together their stories of the past into our present, leaving a valuable legacy for the future

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Ltd were behind the highly successful Great Tapestry of Scotland artwork, which was over 140 metres long and embroidered by 1000 stitchers from across Scotland.

The delivery of the tapestry is supported through the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund led by NatureScot and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

High Life aim to use this opportunity to create new economic potential and to improve visitor experiences throughout the Highlands.

Helen Carmichael, Provost of Inverness and Area, and co-chair of the Inverness Castle – Spirit of the Highlands delivery group said: “Through the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands we will tell the story of the area, ensuring that people have the opportunity to decide what stories appear from their particular area.

"It’s an excellent opportunity for people to get involved in this project. I’m really excited to see the panels as they are developed throughout the area.”

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