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Hodgson Loom Art Gallery


Hodgson Loom Art Gallery


The Hodgson Loom Art Gallery is situated in the old Loomery, on the first floor, of Laxey Woollen Mills. This lovely space was provided by the current owner of the mill as an arena in which Manx artists, of all genres, could showcase their talents. The Isle of Man is blessed with a surprising number of incredibly talented artists, many of which show all over the world. We show the work of established artists alongside that of new artists, plus also give an opportunity for the many different craft and textile groups and collectives to showcase their prowess. Being a working woollen mill, it seems fitting that we show and promote many of the traditional arts and crafts being revitalised on the Island, something that co-founder of the Mill, John Ruskin, would have whole-heartedly approved and supported.

We host monthly exhibitions showing a diverse range of mediums, whether it be traditional paintings and drawings; contemporary abstracts; textile art; sculpture; ceramics; photography, or anything else for that matter!

As this space was the old Loomery, there still exists in the back of the room, the incredibly rare 1918 Hodgson Loom still in existence. To see what is currently on display, please visit our Facebook page.

2023 Schedule of Exhibitions

October 2022 to 28th January 2023 - 'Insectmania', a celebration of Manx Invertebrates. 150 artworks in a diverse range of mediums, created by 70+ artists, showing just how incredible the world of invertebrates is.

30th January to 24th February 2023 - Gallery closed for re-painting, but the gallery shop will remain open.

Saturday 25th February, Wednesday 1st March and Saturday 4th March - Handing-in for our annual themed open art competition. This year's theme is the word 'Free'. For more information visit the Hodgson Loom Gallery Facebook page.

11th March to 22nd April 2023 - Free' Themed Open Art Competition Exhibition 

29th April to 10th June 2023 - To be confirmed

17th June to 29th July 2023 - Gary Bennett. Sunning, emotive and vibrant abstracted Manx landscapes that will take you on an internal journey.

5th August to 16th September 2023 - Creative Network Exhibition. A selection of some of the Island's leading artists, and members of the Creative Network, exhibit in conjunction with the Island's Art Festival which takes place Island wide throughout August.

23rd September to 4th November 2023 - Fungi and the Forest Floor. To celebrate our fabulous Manx Biosphere this will be an open exhibition specifically inspired by fungi, moss, lichen and things found on the forest floor. Please email if you would like to submit artwork, in any medium. 

11th November to January 2024 - An exhibition of new work created the brilliant Paul Parker.

Please note that the gallery is closed between the closing of one exhibition and the opening of a new display.

Guide Prices

Entrance to the Gallery and the Mill is free.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic Site - A large patio area alongside the car park can be used for picnics

Leisure Facilities

  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking available
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Accepts major credit and debit cards
  • BACS accepted
  • Cheques accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • Major credit cards acceptable
  • MasterCard accepted
  • PayPal Accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Group Friendly
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Village Location - The Mill building is situated next to the river

Venue Facilities

  • WiFi Available
Laxey Woollen Mills, Glen Road, Laxey, IM4 7AR
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Opening Times

Open all year round (2 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

During the changeover of exhibitions, the gallery is closed. Please see our Facebook page for exhibition dates.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The main coast road, A2, from Douglas to Ramsey goes through Laxey. Travelling from Douglas, drive through Laxey and take the right hand turn after the petrol station and then the MER tram station, down Captain's Hill, At the bottom, take a left onto Glen Road and you will see the big Laxey Woollen Mills stone building in front of you. Travelling from Ramsey on the A2 you will come down the hill approaching the village, around a sharp left hand bend onto the bridge above the small Lady Evelyn water wheel. Directly at the end of the bridge, turn left down Captain's Hill. At the bottom, turn left onto Glen Road where you will see the large stone Laxey Woollen Mills buliding in front of you. 

The gallery is situated on the first floor above the Mill shop, accessible up a staircase. There is no lift.

There is a large, free, car park. Toilet facilities available. 


Public Transport Directions

By public transport take the hourly Number 3 and 3A buses, Douglas to Ramsey via Laxey. There is a bus stop on the main road in front of the Manx Electric Railway station. It will take approximately 5 -10 minutes to wander down the hill to the Mill. There is a seasonal drop-off village minibus which will drop you at the door (times vary).

By Manx Electric Railway to Laxey. There is a footpath behind the station that will lead down on to Captain's Hill. Follow on down hill and turn left at the bottom and you will see the big stone mill building in front of you across a small bridge.

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