Professor Lesley Millar MBE, Director of the International Textile Research Centre and Professor of Textile Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, is an exhibition curator specialising in textiles. Lesley joined UCA in 1986 as a visiting tutor and then as a sessional tutor.
In 1998 she was awarded a part-time Research Fellowship at UCA and in 2002 received a three year AHRB/Daiwa Research Fellowship, resulting in the establishment in 2004 of The Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre at UCA with Lesley as Director.
In 2005 she was made Reader in Contemporary Craft and in 2007 Professor of Textile Culture. In 2015 she became Director of the International Textile Research Centre at UCA. She is also the subject specialist tutor for MA Textiles at UCA Farnham. From 1976 to 2002 Lesley ran her own successful studio as a rug and tapestry weaver, exhibiting extensively including the Barbican London and the American Museum of Craft, New York. Her work was in the collections of the Crafts Council and Arts Council England and her public commissions include work for Lloyds of London and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Since 1995 Lesley has originated and curated many international exhibitions of textile art and has developed a particular interest in contemporary Japanese textile art, lecturing at many Japanese universities.
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