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The Liverpool Tapestry

People, places and passions

27 April to 16 September 2012

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

embroidered panels of Liverpool scenes

This huge tapestry was created to celebrate Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Conceived and funded by local retailer Home Bargains, the tapestry was produced by more than 150 people. They hand-stitched 338 individual tapestry panels to make up the triptych, which cumulatively spans over six metres in length.

Capturing the spirit of the city, the panels feature iconic images including Superlambananas, the city's historic buildings, and aspects of Liverpool that have special meaning for the individual embroiderers. 

During the two years that it took to complete the tapestry the Merseyside Embroiderers' Guild worked with people of all ages from across the city in a series of workshops. Even the Operations Director of Home Bargains, Joe Morris, has created his own panel of a Home Bargains shop front.

See photos of the Liverpool Tapestry and some of the people who helped to make it on Flickr.

embroidered image of Hoem Bargains shop front

Home Bargains sponsored the Museum of Liverpool's Skylight gallery for a two-year period, which began in 2012 with the display of the Liverpool Tapestry, enabling the space to be used for future exhibitions and associated community programmes.

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