Ulster Museum

The Making of the Game of Thrones Tapestry

An illustrated talk by NMNI Curator of Textiles Valerie Wilson on the ‘behind the scenes’ story of the making of the Game of Thrones tapestry.

- , Sat 20 Jul 2019

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The Game of Thrones * tapestry is an impressive work of contemporary textile art depicting key scenes from, and locations used in the making of this major television series by HBO. It is on exhibition at the Ulster Museum until 28th July 2019.

The woven and embroidered tapestry was commissioned in 2017 by Tourism Ireland, in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland, to celebrate Game of Thrones becoming a part of Northern 

Ireland’s culture and heritage. The almost 90- metre long tapestry depicts events, characters and filming locations of the Game of Thrones television programme.  The tapestry is entirely hand woven, primarily of linen, with cotton and metallic threads used to highlight details with hand embroidery. 

This 40 minute, illustrated talk takes a look ‘behind the scenes’ at the work of the weavers and embroiderers who brought the drama of the television series to life through the medium of textiles.