Hoxa Tapestry Gallery
St. Margaret's Hope
Family art gallery run by Orcadian artist Jo Thomson and her brother Andrew Thomson, established in 1996 by their late mother, artist Leila Thomson (1959-2022.) Both Jo and Leila 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.
Jo graduated in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, thirty years after her mother Leila who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Tapestry in 1980. Jo grew up weaving alongside her mother and as a result her work is an exciting combination of handwoven tapestry and painting. Both Jo and Leila's artwork is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney, where they were born and brought up. Leila sadly passed away in 2022 but her large, unique, handwoven tapestry artworks remain on display at the gallery.
Jo's brother Andrew takes care of the gallery’s picture framing and makes handcrafted rugs created from Leila and Jo’s artwork.
Original artwork, hand-crafted rugs, cards and photographic prints of artwork are available to purchase at the gallery. 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.
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.
During the winter period (October - April) we are open by appointment only. Although we are usually working we cannot guarantee to always be at the gallery, so it's best to e-mail ahead if you'd like to visit.
Eynhallow, disappearing island - small mounted art print
Hand-signed, mounted, photographic print from original handwoven tapestry. Sizes include the mount. Small: 40.6 x 26 cm (mount border 6cm)