Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture, Director of the Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, is an exhibition curator specialising in textiles. These have included 7 major international touring exhibitions:
- Revelation (1996-98)
- Textural Space (2001)
- Through the Surface (2003-05)
- Textile vision of Reiko Sudo and Nuno (2005-7)
- Cloth & Culture NOW (2008)
- Cultex (2009-11)
- Lost in Lace (2011-12)
- Cloth & Memory (2013)
She is currently leading the EU Culture Project ‘Transparent Boundaries’ (2012-14) with partners in Denmark, Greece, Italy and Poland. She writes regularly about textile practice in Britain and Japan, including a monograph on Chiyoko Tanaka, and has most recently contributed chapters to 'Retro/Prospective: 25 years of Textile Art' (browngrotta arts 2012), 'Collaboration in Craft' (Bloomsbury 2013) and 'Surface Tensions' (University of Manchester Press 2013).
In 2009 and 2013 she was Advisor for the Arts Foundation Award and is currently Advisor for 'Contextile 2' Têxtil Arte Contemporânea Biennale, Guimarães, Portugal. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 2008 she received the Japan Society Award for significant contribution to Anglo-Japanese relationships and in 2011 was appointed MBE for her contribution to Higher Education.