Welcome to Our Linen Stories Tours page, showing our rolling programme of tours across Scotland and beyond.
Our Linen Stories explores Scotland’s extraordinary relationship with this quintessentially European fibre, offering context to contemporary designers and makers, gathering stories from around the country, and reaching out to our neighbour linen nations, Ireland, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and beyond.
Our continuing Tour programme is set out below by location, adding further tours, the most recent on top.
Our Journey to Date
2017 Research and liaison with key allies in Scotland, visiting centres in Holland, Belgium and N.Ireland,
2018 Our Linen Stories launched in Leith in May 2018, touring to Kirkcaldy, Selkirk, Newtonmore, Lisburn
2019 Retracing steps to thank communities and local people and to develop our Flax Futures programme with key allies.
2019/20 Our major Exhibition and Events series at Dovecot Studios Edinburgh, four months celebrating flax culture in the capital.
2020 Pop Up during Lock Down, thanks to Kirkcaldy Galleries and R Space Lisburn.
2021 Scotland’s first Flax and Linen Festival, in venues across Fife.
Our main Festival Hub, Exhibition and Talks were held in Kirkcaldy, with satellite events in Ceres, Strathmiglo, Falkland, Markinch, Auchtertool, Leven, Dunfermline, and Burntisland. Programme details on our Events page.
From the first presentation of our core stories we began an extraordinary journey, gathering local tales from around the country and beyond, hearing stories of art, design and industry and celebrating contemporary design in each region, evolving our exhibition and archive en route.
We are deeply grateful to all those who have added to our journey and look forward to continuing with you in the months to come. Please visit our News webpages to read more about our Flax Futures and if you like, to offer any Linen Stories of your own.
Please enjoy our Journey in Design. With each location, we offer details of new displays curated and community events produced local to each of our chosen venues. We are very grateful for the support and skill of the teams who collaborated so generously at each venue.
Our Linen Stories continues in Scotland this year with a focus on Fife. We look forward to linking with our Linen neighbours in N.Ireland in 2020, on mainland Europe in 2021 and to following flax routes to North America in 2022. Our Events page gives details of all our latest programmes.