Valerie Kirk is a Scottish born Australian artist who explores ideas about moving between two countries, identity, place and time. She completed a degree and post graduate studies at Edinburgh College of Art, then came to Australia to weave at the Australian Tapestry Workshop where she is now a board member.
She has an international profile and her work is held in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Polka Dots and Carp is in the National Gallery Australia collection, six commissioned tapestries hang in ANU University House and The Crimson Carpet, part of the project, To Furnish a Future is at Government House, Sydney. Her work on community tapestry projects resulted in major works in the UK and Australia with the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry hanging in the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.
While actively maintaining her practice as an artist she presented work in the International Fiber Art Biennales, China, World Textile Art Biennial, Mexico and The Cordis Prize, Scotland. Her career highlights include being awarded the HRH Prince Charles Award, the Cite International des Arts Residency, Paris, Arts ACT Fellowship, Australia Council Awards, and the Teitelbaum Award for tapestry, USA.
Emeritus Professor ANU Valerie Kirk AM