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.

The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery is home to Orkney artists Leila Thomson and her daughter Jo Thomson. The gallery was built by Leila and husband Benny in June 1996 to house Leila's large, unique, handwoven tapestries. Leila graduated in Tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art in 1980.

In 2011 Leila’s daughter Jo and son Andrew joined the family business. Jo is a Drawing and Painting graduate from Edinburgh College of Art (2010) although tapestry is second nature to her as she grew up weaving alongside her mother, Leila. Both Leila and Jo's artwork is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney, where they were born and brought up. Andrew has taken over much of the picture framing and gallery administration which frees up more creative time for Leila and Jo.

Original artwork, hand-crafted rugs, cards and photographic prints of artwork are available to purchase at the gallery. Unfortunately due to the uncertainty over the season Jo has not ordered in any wool to dye so there is no hand-dyed yarn for sale this year.

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 “craft trail” signs out to Hoxa Head, past the Sands of Wright beach.


Opening times:

The gallery is currently remaining closed. Opening times will be reviewed on 26th April in accordance with Scottish Government easing Covid-19 restrictions regarding travel and tourism.

At present any Orkney residents wanting to make any purchases should get in touch with us via telephone or e-mail. Jo is at work every weekday and is happy to help and arrange payment and collection/delivery of items.


Contact us via:

Tel: 01856 831 395