Professor Lesley Millar MBE

Director of the International Textile Research Centre, Professor of Textile Culture, UCA Farnham

Academic, School of Crafts and Design

Professor Lesley Millar MBE, Director of the International Textile Research Centre and Professor of Textile Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, is an exhibition curator specialising in textiles. Lesley joined UCA in 1986 as a visiting tutor and then as a sessional tutor.

In 1998 she was awarded a part-time Research Fellowship at UCA and in 2002 received a three year AHRB/Daiwa Research Fellowship, resulting in the establishment in 2004 of The Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre at UCA with Lesley as Director.

In 2005 she was made Reader in Contemporary Craft and in 2007 Professor of Textile Culture. In 2015 she became Director of the International Textile Research Centre at UCA. She is also the subject specialist tutor for MA Textiles at UCA Farnham. From 1976 to 2002 Lesley ran her own successful studio as a rug and tapestry weaver, exhibiting extensively including the Barbican London and the American Museum of Craft, New York. Her work was in the collections of the Crafts Council and Arts Council England and her public commissions include work for Lloyds of London and Chase Manhattan Bank. 

Since 1995 Lesley has originated and curated many international exhibitions of textile art and has developed a particular interest in contemporary Japanese textile art, lecturing at many Japanese universities.

Further information:

Lesley Millar Profile Picture

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • 2011 - Professor Millar was made an MBE for her contribution to Higher Education.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2008.
  • Served on the Advisory Board of The Journal of Craft Research
  • 2013 - Peer Reviewer for Castle Museum Nottingham Fine Art Textiles Collection.
  • 2014 - Chair of the Jury for the 5th Riga International Textile Triennial, Latvia.


Lesley has been on several national and international Juries including in ARTAPESTRY3, Copenhagen, Denmark and Future Makers Awards, Crafts Council of Ireland.


External examination:

  • BA Hons Textile Crafts, University of Huddersfield (2005-09)
  • BA Hons Textile, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2009-13)
  • BA Hons Textile, University College Falmouth (2009-13)
  • Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts and PG Diploma in Tapestry and Textile Art, West Dean College (2014-17)
  • Lesley has examined PhD/MPhil research degrees at Royal College of Art, London; Bath Spa University; Central St. Martins UAL; University of Northumbria; Nottingham Trent University.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • The Japan Foundation Award for significant contribution to Anglo-Japanese relations 2008
  • AHRB Research Fellowship 2001-04 
  • AHRC Museums and Galleries Research Grant 2006 
  • Creative Europe Lead Partner Transparent Boundaries 2012-14



  • Arts Council England 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015.
  • Japan Foundation 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation 1997, 2000, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015.
  • Funding organisations in Brazil, Japan, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia.

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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