Jo Gallant, Textile Artist


studio textiles

about Jo

I graduated from Birmingham polytechnic in 1978, with a BA Hons in fashion/textlies specialising in weaving.

In 1987 I set up a workshop in Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland designing, making and selling cushions and wall-hangings. In 1992 I relocated to Kirkcudbright in SW Scotland and recently relocated again, just 15 miles out into the the beautiful Galloway countryside.

My work is inspired by the surrounding countryside, its colours textures and shifting light on hills and coast, while a lot of my cushions take a quirky look at its flora and fauna.

I have done workshops and projects with adults and in schools, including an artist’s residency in secondary schools and will give illustrated talks to groups.

I have undertaken numerous private commissions as well as several public commissions, and have had both solo exhibitions as well as having work in group exhibitions.




Born in Hertfordshire. Brought up in Norfolk
1974-79 B.A.Hons in Fashion/Textiles specialising in woven textiles at Birmingham Polytechnic.  Followed by Post Graduate Certificate in Art Education.
Awarded first prize in competition to design wall-hanging for Aston University Library.
1979-80 Taught weaving privately and for local authority in Devon.
1984 Started designing and making fabric wall-hangings and cushions after initiating community patchwork project in Suffolk.
1987 Moved to Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland, set up workshop and shop.
1989-1992 Involved in arts promotion for Durness and north-west Sutherland.
1992 Moved to Kirkcudbright, Southwest Scotland
2003-2015 Spring Fling Committee member and director
2014 Moved to current studio at Mossdale


2003-16 Participant in Spring Fling open studios event

Work in exhibitions at Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright 


"D&G Out" Biscuit Factory, Gateshead (group)

2011 "On the Wing" McLaurin Gallery, Ayr (group)
2003 "Vibrant Forms" Green Gallery, Aberfoyle (group)
2001 "Illumination" Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)
2001 "Autumn Colours", Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
2001 "Prononcez Coeur-cu-Brie", Pont Aven, Brittanny
1999 "Landlines", Shambellie House Museum of Costume
1998 "10x10", Crichton Royal Museum, Dumfries
1997-9 "Paying Our Dues", touring exhibition
1997 "Elements for Living", Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright
1997 "Within Our Grasp" Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)
1996 "Value Added", Aberdeen (group)
1994 Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (solo)
1993 Gossipgate Gallery, Alston(group)
1992 Edinburgh Art College (group)
1987 Crome Gallery, Norwich (group)


2006 Selected to design and make bespoke craftwork for media promotion of Spring Fling
2002 Textile Panels for St John’s Episcopal Church, Stranraer
2001 Award pieces for Arts & Business Scottish Awards 2001