Director of the Art and Design Research Institute, Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster

Karen Fleming has directed the research institute for art, design and architecture at Ulster University since 2009. The unit she coordinates was ranked 3rd in UK for Art & Design for Research Intensity and was disinguished by having the most world- leading research of any subject submitted to REF2014 in Northern Ireland. Having lectured since 1989, Fleming is Professor of Textiles (2007) and conducts research by practice and by curation. Her international awards include curating the Linen Bienniale in Quebec, Europäische Quilt-Triennale, The Art of The Stitch and Threadworks, New Zealand. She has led Wellcome Trust, AHRC and Atlantic Philanthropies funded research teams.

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