Hoxa Tapestry Gallery
St. Margaret's Hope
A family run art gallery showcasing the artwork of Orcadian Jo Thomson and her late mother Leila Thomson (1959-2022.) Both artists are Edinburgh College of Art graduates who chose to return home to Orkney to work. Their artwork is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney.
*We kindly request visitors to continue wearing face masks at the gallery due to us being a small family business with limited staff. All customers will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance.*
The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery was built in 1996 by artist Leila Thomson, Jo’s mother, and Benny to exhibit Leila’s large, unique, handwoven tapestries. Leila graduated with a BA Hons in Tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art in 1980 and returned home to Hoxa in Orkney to live, work and bring up her family. Thirty years later in 2010, Leila’s daughter, Jo graduated with a BA Hons in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art.
After graduating from university Jo joined the family business alongside her brother Andrew, who takes care of the gallery’s picture framing and makes handcrafted rugs created from Leila and Jo’s artwork. In August 2022 Leila sadly passed away, three years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Leila has left behind an incredible legacy and her artwork remains on show at the gallery alongside Jo’s artwork.
Both mother and daughters’ artwork is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney, where they were born and brought up. Jo grew up weaving alongside her mother, Leila and as a result her work is an exciting combination of handwoven tapestry, painting and drawing.
Since opening to the public in June 1996 the gallery has received visitors from all over the world and both Leila and Jo have artwork in private collections worldwide.
Original artwork, hand-crafted rugs, cards and photographic prints of artwork are available to purchase at the gallery.
The gallery is located 3 miles from the village of St Margarets Hope, 5 minutes drive from the Pentland Ferries terminal and is well signposted. Follow the “creative trail” signs out to Hoxa Head, past the Sands of Wright beach.