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.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Map Project in Italy


The Map Project and Malgorzata Chomicz exhibition at the Old University of Perugia, Italy 


11 - 16 September 2018







Monday, 10 July 2017

The Map Project in Australia at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle

July 2017 - Two maps by artists from Scotland and England are shown together with Australian work and a beautiful Newcastle piece made by Newcastle Textile group and also an amazing tapestry couch created at 'The Friendship Garden' in Auburn led by Sayd Shah Mahmood, Tasman Munro and Jane Theau. More than 200 refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia participated in this project. Felted Dreamscape made at the 'Life and Living conference at Easter was also in the exhibition as well as Quakers Journey in the Hunter 1838 and selected pieces made by a range of textile groups in the ACT for 'The Map Project' at Belconnen's 50th Birthday celebrations last year. 



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.