Massive tapestry depicting Games of Thrones goes on display in Glasgow

The tapestry, measuring five metres long and four metres tall, took more than 5,000 hours to produce and involved 140 volunteers. Picture: PA
The tapestry, measuring five metres long and four metres tall, took more than 5,000 hours to produce and involved 140 volunteers. Picture: PA
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A huge Game of Thrones embroidery commissioned by the producers of the series has gone on display at a university in Glasgow.

The tapestry, measuring five metres long and four metres tall, took more than 5,000 hours to produce and involved 140 volunteers.

The piece was produced by The Embroiderers’ Guild after HBO Home Entertainment TV Network, the company which produces Game of Thrones, contacted them and asked for a special artwork to form the backdrop to the DVD release of the show’s fifth series.

They stitched a tapestry featuring an intense battle scene - the massacre of Hardhome - and featuring a White Walker, one of the show’s central antagonists.

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The embroidery goes on display at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s Saltire Centre from September 20 and will remain on show to students, staff and members of the public until it is put up for auction in February 2019.

Anthea Godfrey, Embroiderers’ Guild artistic director and project manager, said: “This has been an amazing project that truly has brought the embroidery community together across the whole of the UK.

“We are really proud to have been involved.”

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The Embroiderers’ Guild has close links with GCU dating back 12 years, especially through its fashion programmes.

John Cook, GCU media professor, added: “Game of Thrones is one of the biggest TV shows on the planet right now.

“Aside from those who avidly consume it in box-sets, many even stay up half the night to watch when each new episode drops on UK TV.

“I’m sure this embroidery will attract a great deal of interest ?particularly from those who can’t wait until 2019 and the release of the final season of GoT.”