Hoxa Tapestry Gallery
St. Margaret's Hope
Mother and daughter, Leila and Jo Thomson, are both Edinburgh College of Art graduates who chose to return home to Orkney to work. Their work 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 staff members with vulnerable health. All customers will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance.*
Jo graduated in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 but grew up weaving alongside her mother Leila who also graduated from ECA in Tapestry in 1980. Leila established the gallery in 1996 and although no longer working due to ill health her artwork remains on show. Both mother and daughter are inspired by the rhythm and character of the Orkney landscape where they were born and grew up.
Jo runs the gallery with her brother Andrew who makes all the gallery's picture framing. Andrew also creates hand-crafted, tufted rugs from Jo and Leila's artwork.
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.