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From the exhibition CONFLUENCE: 2021 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition.

Year: 2022

Materials: Paper

About the Maker: Valerie Kirk is a Scottish born artist who now lives and works in Australia. She explores ideas about moving between two countries, identity and place in the world in relation to location and the perspective of time.

Kirk completed a degree and post graduate studies in art, design and woven tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, and was given the HRH Prince Charles Award and the Helen Rose Bequest Award, then studied at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, ATC and University of Wollongong, MA(Hons).

She came to Australia to weave the commissioned Yalla Yalla Gibbs tapestry at the Victorian (now Australian) Tapestry Workshop and continues the relationship now as an ATW board member.

In the 1980s she travelled the country to teach with the Crafts Council of Australia in remote and Indigenous communities, schools, colleges, universities and the Flying Art School; was as an artist-in-residence in Busselton, WA and Portland, Victoria and lead community tapestry projects.

From 1990-2017 Valerie Kirk was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University and between 2004-2019 the university commissioned her to design and weave six major tapestries to celebrate Nobel/Japan/Kyoto Prizes in Science.

While actively maintaining her practice as an artist, Kirk has researched Australian Indigenous textiles, taught silk painting at Kintore and tapestry at Indulkana, directed significant projects, curated exhibitions and lectured at conferences and on international textile tours.

Major works were exhibited in So Fine at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2018, Weaving x Living, Cite International des Arts, Paris (during her residency), Project Baa Baa, Ireland, 2020 and Make the World Again, Canada 2020. Her career highlights include winning the To Furnish a Future design competition for Government House, Sydney and working with the International Fiber Art Biennales, China as an exhibiting artist, speaker and judge.

Awards such as the Australia Council New Work grant, ACT Creative Arts FellowshipMuse Arts Woman of the Year Award and the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry Project mark substantial success and her artwork is held in Australian and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia.

Available for shipment or collection from 6 September 2022.