Hoxa Tapestry Gallery

A showcase of handcrafted Orcadian tapestry.

The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery in South Ronaldsay showcases the work of renowned Orcadian tapestry artist Leila Thomson and her family.

Opened in 1996 and expanded extensively in 2012, the gallery attracts over 5,000 visitors a year from around the world.

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Leila creates unique hand-woven tapestries inspired by the rhythm of Orkney life and the landscapes, folklore and heritage of the islands.

Leila’s daughter Johan – also an ECA graduate– now has her own studio and exhibition space within the gallery, displaying her drawings, paintings and prints.

Reflecting the collaborative ethos of this diverse family business, Johan also works closely with Leila on the design of Hoxa’s exclusive range of handcrafted Shetland wool rugs - many of which are made by Leila’s son Andrew, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the gallery.

In addition to exhibiting and selling Leila and Johan’s work, the gallery – part of the Orkney Craft Trail - offers a wide range of products including mounted and un-mounted tapestry art prints, greetings cards and postcards.