At the heart of Central Scotland is Stirling, Scotland's newest city and a former ancient burgh.
Stirling is the historic location of William Wallace’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Robert the Bruce’s Battle of Bannockburn, and the crowning of Mary Queen of Scots.
Dominating the Stirling skyline is Stirling Castle, which has a fascinating past. The Castle is home to The Stirling Tapestries, a set of seven handmade tapestries commissioned by Historic Scotland. The designs are closely based on a set of Renaissance tapestries 'The Story of the Unicorn'. Traditional techniques and materials are being used to create the new tapestries, and visitors to the Castle can see tapestries being woven in a purpose-built studio.
Also in Stirling is the studio of glass maker Elin Isaksson, who runs a number of glass workshops and events through the year. Her workshop & gallery is open by appointment during 2014.
Visitors to Alloa and Clackmannanshire can enjoy a range of fantastic public art. Andy Scott’s public sculpture trail in the area has six figurative sculptures, with each piece and its location chosen to reflect or tell a unique local story. Download a PDF of the Sculpture Trail.
Public art pieces in Alloa Town Centre include work by Rob Mulholland, Keiko Mukaide, Bill Brown, Sandor Dobany, and Angela Beardsley.
West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre, set in the beautiful landscape and big skies of the Carse of Stirling and on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, runs a number of workshops around the year. The Centre gives visitors the chance to learn a skill from a craft maker, and use the natural resources around West Moss Side to make craft. Find out more and make an appointment to visit.
Bridge of Allan is home to Angels Share Whisky maker Tom Young, a master glass maker who has been practising his craft for 60 years.
Central Scotland is home to the annual Forth Valley Open Studios event, which normally takes place in early June, in which maker and artist studios open their doors alongside exhibitions and events. Many makers offer demonstrations and , and provide a way for people to buy and find out more about their work.
Craft offers audiences an alternative way of thinking about the world. Our Make It Green series brings you Jo Pudelko's thoughts on how joining the Green Crafts Initiative made her think more critically about her responsibilities as a maker.
As part of the 2014/15 Meet Your Maker campaign, Craft Scotland partnered with Historic Scotland in an innovative new community programme that saw contemporary Scottish craft take inspiration from the past to create new work. The results of the project are currently being showcased in an exhibition at Stirling Castle, open until the end of April 2015.
In late 2014 Craft Scotland put out a call for makers to take part in a community engagement project with Historic Scotland, working directly with a youth or community group in Stirling Castle over a period of six weeks. Historic Scotland was looking for a maker who could unlock the potential of traditional or contemporary craft, enabling learners to discover more about their cultural heritage and providing creative inspiration linked to stories, people and events from the past.
Our successful maker, Laura Murray, has put together a blog of her experiences.
Gillian Cooper offers a range of specialist surface design and stitch courses, talks and demonstrations tailor-made to suit small groups and individuals from her home studio in Balfron, rural Stirlingshire. These courses can be tailored to suit all from complete beginners to the more experienced.
Elin's studio is located in Stirling, which can easily be reached from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Elin runs a variety of glassblowing courses, from short taster sessions to half and full day workshops.
Contemporary textile maker Angela T Edgar has created an unusual new textile artwork.
Twelve projects including 'Back on the High Street' from Falkirk will compete in the final of TestTown, a business competition being run by Carnegie UK Trust.
As part of our series celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland, we take a closer look at West Moss Side.
The so called 'Angels' Share’ is a whisky legend. A world-renowned Stirlingshire glass-maker and his daughter have launched a new craft business which pays homage to this whisky fable.
A number of UK attractions recorded increases in visitor numbers during 2011, according to figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)
This week, we feature a short film from weavers in West Dean College who are working on ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ tapestry for Stirling Castle.
Artmag and Creative Scotland have announced a new partnership that will help promote Scottish visual arts to a wide audience.