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Professor Lesley Millar

Director Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre, School of Crafts & Design

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Research Statement

Professor Millar’s specialist research interest is contemporary textile practice, particularly in the UK and Japan. After a career as a successful studio practitioner (weave) she has spent the last 20 years building up professional and personal networks resulting in collaborative and mentoring exchanges between textile practitioners and institutions in both countries. This research has been located in three specific areas: textile installations within the built environment (the texturing of space); the transition from traditional practice and its influence on contemporary practice; the use of textiles as an expression of cultural particularity. The second and third of these strands have led to her extending the geographical areas of her research to include Baltic countries Latvia, Estonia


Research Interests

  • Textiles
  • Visual art
  • Design
  • Curatorship

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Member of the Management Board for the Crafts Study Centre
Member of Advisory Committee for Contextile 2014, Guimaraes, Portugal
Invitation to sit on the Advisory Panel for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games in London 2012.
Advisor, Craft Focus Biennale Embassy of Japan 2009, 2011.
Member Jury ARTAPESTRY3, European Textile Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark 2011.
Member, Management Group of the Crafts Study Centre 2010-.
Selector (1 of 2) Future Makers Awards, Crafts Council of Ireland 2010.
Advisor, Arts Foundation Award 2009.
Invited to sit on Craft Steering Group for the Arts Council England in 2006.

Research Activity in other UK and/or international HEIs

  1. Experience of External Examining of Research Degrees
  2. 2009 - PhD External Examiner, University of Northumbria: 2012 - PhD External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2012 PhD External Examiner, Bath Spa University

PhD Supervisory Experience

Lesley is currently on the supervisory team for four research students at UCA.

Research Grants and Awards

2012 - received Arts Council England grant to develop a series of exhibitions on the theme of Cloth and Memory
2012 - EU Culture Programme grant as Lead Partner for Transparent Boundaries project with partners in Denmark, Greece and Italy
2011 - awarded Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation grant and Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation grant for Bite-Size exhibition.
2010-11 - received Crafts Council 50:50 grant (with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) and Arts Council England Grant for Lost in Lace exhibition.
2010 - awarded a Crafts Council England research grand in for the Net-works project.
2009 - 2010 - received a grant from the Arts Council of Norway in for research and development of project Cultex.
2008 - awarded a grant from the SCVA (Gatsby Charitable Foundation) towards research


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