Visit Hecla Gallery in the unique setting of Cockenzie House and Gardens. Within the 17th century mansion house is the space where we display a diverse range of contemporary art and craft.
Hecla Gallery is named after the distinctive lava-built Grotto tucked away in the central garden of Cockenzie House. The entrance faces the house and is framed by the jawbone of a whale. “Hecla” is marked out in lava over the entrance and it is believed that the lava fragments served as ballast in the merchant vessels returning to Cockenzie Harbour. Early trading involved industries such as salt manufacture and mining. The Hekla volcano is found in Iceland and South Uist has a mountain of the same name.
Yvonne Murphy and Gillian Hart are both experienced arts co-ordinators working with local and international art makers. They were involved in the coordination and stitching of the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. Yvonne and Gillian are also two of the co-founders of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015.