Scottish born artist Valerie Kirk is Head of Textiles at the Australian National University. While actively maintaining her practice, she has lead community tapestry projects and textile research tours, written a major thesis on woven tapestry, directed significant textile projects and created major commissioned works. She has held solo exhibitions and presented her work extensively in USA, Europe, Australia, NZ and SE Asia. Awards such as the HRH Prince Charles Award, Australia Council grants, Muse Arts Woman of the Year award and the Arts ACT Creative Arts Fellowship mark substantial success and her artwork is documented in the Telos Portfolio publication.