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Deputy Vice-Chancellor recognised for international contribution to textile art

Professor Catherine Harper


UNIVERSITY of Chichester Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Harper has been made an Honorary Member of The 62 Group of Textile Artists, an international artist-led organisation devoted to celebrating excellence in textile art.

The 62 Group of Textile Artists is an artist led organisation which aims to incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice through an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions. Chair of The 62 Group Debbie Lyddon commented: “The 62 Group of Textile Artists very much looks forward to fostering a relationship with Catherine Harper that develops and promotes textile practice across the creative and cultural industries.”

She added: “Our AGM agreed that Professor Harper has made an outstanding contribution to the development of Textile Art. This is a prestigious position and she will be joining, amongst others, Professor Lesley Millar MBE and Professor Anne Morrell in the role.”

Speaking of her Honorary Membership to The 62 Group, Professor Harper said: “I am a long-standing admirer of the work of The 62 Group and its championing of true creativity in textile art. I am delighted to have been selected to become an Honorary Member and I look forward sharing thoughts, ideas and creative output with the organisation.”

A Professor of Textiles, Professor Harper holds a PhD in Composite Textile Engineering (supported by Ford Motors), is Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge journal TEXTILE: Cloth & Culture, and author/edited the four volume Textiles: Critical and Primary Sources for Bloomsbury (2012). 

She published the monograph Intersex (Berg, 2007), and has published several chapters, most recently on a clothing lexicon of intimacy and masculine mourning for Millar and Kettle’s Erotic Cloth volume (Bloomsbury, 2017), as well as scholarly articles including, for example, in Taylor & Francis’ Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.

The 62 Group of Textile Artists

A visual artist before turning to writing, Professor Harper’s sculpture, performance and public arts practice has been exhibited in UK and Ireland, the US and Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Finland and Japan. Artist-in-Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Banff Centre for the Arts, Finland’s Nordiskt Konstcentrum, and the National Museum of Prague, her work is held in many private and public collections, including those of the Irish Government, the UK’s National Health Service Trust, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. She has recently returned to material practice to examine her identity as a member of the Northern Irish feminist diaspora. Catherine is thrilled and honoured to have been invited to become an Honorary member of the 62 Group.

A recipient of research and practice funding from, for example, the Technology Strategy Board, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Arts Councils of Northern Ireland and England, and the Sasakawa Foundation, Professor Harper was awarded the Textile Society Critical Writing Award in 2015. Her current research is funded by a Janet Arnold Award through the Society of Antiquaries, and an award from the Marc Fitch Fund, and is an investigation and articulation of the material culture of bloodied and stained textiles in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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