Gilbert Riedelbauch is the post-graduate course-work convener and head of Foundation Studies at the School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nürnberg and holds a Meisterschüler (silversmithing) and a graduate diploma from the ANU, School of Art. He currently undertakes doctoral studies at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Valerie Kirk studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art and was captivated by the creative process/infinite possibilities of the tapestry medium. In 1979 she came to Australia to become a weaver at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, and then worked in all states of Australia before moving to Canberra in 1991 to be the Head of Textiles at the Australian National University, School of Art. Her work from this time focused on what it meant to be a Scottish/Australian in this context.
She is considered to be an important international figure in the world of contemporary tapestry. As an artist, writer, teacher and public figure she has made a significant contribution, forging valuable and tangible links with the Scottish tradition and global field. While actively maintaining her practice as an artist, Valerie's remarkable capacity for achievement has seen her inspire and lead community tapestry projects, research and write a major thesis on tapestry, direct significant textile projects and create major works. She has held solo exhibitions and presented her work extensively in USA, Europe, Australia, NZ and SE Asia.
Between 2004-2013 she was commissioned to design and weave five major tapestries to celebrate Prizes in Science associated with the Australian National University. The tapestries are installed and on public display at University House, ANU.
Awards such as the Australia Council grants, Muse Arts Woman of the Year award and the ACT Arts Fellowship 2013 mark substantial success and her artwork is documented in the Telos Portfolio Collection publication.