About the project

The map project was conceived by Istra Toner, glass artist and painter, together with groups of artists from several different countries. The project is a response to our desire to describe visually our experience of the place we call our home. The challenge was to create collaborative maps using textiles as the material of choice. The first exhibition of the project was in Spring 2014; the maps have since travelled to participating partner countries.

For more information about the various groups and individual artists please visit the pages for the participating countries.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Map Project in Australia


Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra, November 5. 2016

 Our Australian partners organised an exhibition of their ongoing work in textile together with textile groups from England and Scotland to celebrate 50 years of Belconnen Arts Centre. At this event together with a wonderful array of bird lanterns, screen printing, origami birds, Wirrajuri dancers and beautiful singing ‘The Map Project’ brings the feel of the place where artists live.
'The Map Project’ was established in 2013, and 'A Sense of Place' was established in 2016 (senseofplace16.blogspot.comwith groups of textile artists from 8 countries including artists from Australia. Thank you Julie and Australian artists.






Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Northland Creative Glass 2016

02-10 September at Lybster in Scotland Istra attended a masterclass in glass blowing and hot glass with Richard Wentworth, James Devereux, Louis Thompson and a group of glass artists from all over the World. As always, great experience.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Map project in Slovenia

Arthouse College, Ljubljana in Slovenia - 19th May 2016 we held our Map project exhibition at the Arthouse College in a beautiful city of Ljubljana.The exhibition was organised by a group of the college students and teachers who participated in making of their artwork.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Map Project in Scotland

15th August – 7th September 2015 


The Skerray group organised exhibitions at two locations at the very top of Scotland.

At Skerray community centre the maps were seen and much appreciated by the community of 67.




At Lybster community centre the project was shown during the 19th International Glass conference and was very well received by more than 80 conference participants. Both events attracted much interest in the project, particularly in the underpinning stories and symbolism in each of the maps.






Monday, 3 August 2015

The map project launch in Australia

Broome, Western Australia - 27 July 2015


In the middle of a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, heat & red desert landscapes the map project was launched in Australia.

This space was specifically chosen to launch this exhibition to absorb the spirit of the land before travelling to more populated areas throughout Australia. Broome has a rich history of art with the local Yawru people's "dreaming" and influences of the colours of the desert, the turquoise of the ocean and extraordinary wildlife. Broome is the breeding ground for whales, sea turtles and dugongs, home to salt water crocodiles, dingoes and snakes. At night a million stars carpet the sky above, a map of the universe, and so the dreaming begins.

A thriving art, music and theatre society with many multi cultural influences from pearl diving, mining and tourism. It is the sort of place that many people visit and some never leave. A perfect place for art and spirit to come together.








For more information  about the Australian group please see here.