The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery is home to mother and daughter artists Leila Thomson and Jo Thomson. The gallery was built by Leila and husband Benny in 1996 to exhibit her 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 Painting graduate from Edinburgh College of Art (2010) although tapestry weaving is second nature to her as she grew up weaving alongside her mum, Leila. Both Jo and Leila’s artwork is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney, where they were born and brought up.
Andrew has taken over the picture framing and much of the gallery administration. When he gets time Andrew also makes rugs from Leila and Jo’s rug designs and provides multiple cups of tea and coffee to help keep the creative juices flowing!
Since opening to the public in June 1996 the gallery has received visitors from all over the world each year. Both Leila and Jo have artwork in private collections worldwide.
***OPENING HOURS 2021***
The gallery will reopen from 3rd May 2021. We will be open by appointment only during the following hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday – 2pm – 6pm
(Saturday – CLOSED)
We currently accept up to 3 related groupings at a time, up to a maximum number of 10 people. Entry is free.
Face coverings are mandatory at the gallery. Customers arriving without one will be given the option to purchase one or will be politely asked to leave.
All customers will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and to follow social distancing guidance within the building. Staff will remain behind a protective screen at the shop counter as far as practicalities allow.
tel: 01856 831395
Opening times last reviewed and updated on 23/04/21
*** UPDATE REGARDING E.U. ORDERS***
Due to new E.U. Tax laws and regulations regarding exporting to the E.U. post Brexit, we sadly have suspended orders to E.U. countries. This will hopefully only be a temporary measure whilst we figure out how to handle the situation for both you, the customers, and us as a small family-run business. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
***POSTAL/WEB ORDERS UPDATE***
To limit our trips to the post office during the COVID19 pandemic all web/postal orders will be posted on Tuesdays only until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding in these trying times.