curriculum vitae of paddy killer

early career

1971 graduated with a BA. Hons. Fashion & Textiles (Embroidery) Birmingham Polytechnic
1971-2 Embroidery Designer: Bellville Sassoon, London
1973-4 Embroidery Designer: Marie-Paule, Montreal
1974-81 Set up business in Canada
1981 Returned to Britain

major exhibitions

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize) touring exhibition of shortlisted works
CONSTRUCT: 62 Group exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, Farsley, Leeds
Gallagher & Turner Open 2019, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne

WO/Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize) touring exhibition of shortlisted works
Gifted: Balcony Gallery Exhibition, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Making Space: 62 Group exhibition at Olympia, London and Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Drawn Thread Work: solo exhibition, Customs House Gallery, South Shields, part of Drawing NE

Making Space: 62 Group exhibition at Macclesfield Silk Museum
Faces, Figures & Fabrics: solo exhibition at Newcastle Arts Centre

62 group . now!: Upfront Gallery, nr. Penrith, Cumbria

Ebb & Flow: 62 Group exhibition at the Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby

Small Talk: 62 Group at the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths College, London
Art in Action: Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
British Textile Art Exhibition 62@50 (The 62 Group’s 50th anniversary exhibition) KOYO Museum, SHOWA Women’s University, Tokyo
“Teaching silkworms to spin”: Ruskin and Textiles: Ruskin Library and Research Centre, University of Lancaster

Interventions: Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester – 62 Group
62@50: Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester – 62 Group
Package Tour: Knitting & Stitching Shows – 62 Group
Collected Threads: Textiles from the Shipley Craft Collection, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

There’s a Fine Line….! solo exhibition at The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library
Art in Action: Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
At a Tangent: 62 Group exhibition, Gallery Oldham

Bending More Lines: 62 Group exhibition, Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands & Collins Gallery, Glasgow
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead


The English Walled Garden: Doddington Hall, Lincoln – featured artist
Bending the Line: 62 Group exhibition, The Hub, Sleaford
The Embroiderer’s Eye – the Diana Springall Collection: Macclesfield Silk Museum
Berwick Gymnasium Open: Berwick upon Tweed

Stuff: contemporary textiles by The 62 Group, Catmose Gallery

Leeds Art Fair: The Light, Leeds
Size Matters: contemporary textiles by The 62 Group, Rochester Art Gallery
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Life in Detail: solo exhibition at the Upfront Gallery, Penrith
Leeds Art Fair and Leeds Art Fair Lite
In Praise of ShedsThe Garden Station, Langley on Tyne, Northumberland
Widening Boundaries: 62 Group exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Shows
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Drawn Together: major solo retrospective in the Knitting and Stitching Show at the NEC, Alexandra Palace, RDS in Dublin, and International Halls, Harrogate
Tissus, Toiles and Tuiles: Lotherton Hall, Leeds – solo exhibition 
Tracing Threads: Hove Art Gallery – 62 Group exhibition
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Henshelwood Gallery Christmas Exhibition: Newcastle upon Tyne

Leeds Art Fair

Encounters: Cambridge Museum of Zoology, 62 Group exhibition
Knitting and Stitching Show: London, Dublin, Harrogate
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Henshelwood Gallery Christmas Exhibition

Secrets of the Saucy Seaside Postcard: Huddersfield Art Gallery and touring
Illustrating the Past: solo show, Andover Museum, Hampshire
Of Material Concern: Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
The Fifa 100: Royal Academy, London
Henshelwood Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne

Loose Threads: Rufford Crafts Centre
Sons and Mothers: Collins Gallery, Glasgow and touring
The Classical Present: Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Bury, Lancashire
In Place: Harley Gallery, Welbeck – 62 Group exhibition

Red: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and touring – 62 group
Cat & Mouse: From Canada to Computers; Paddy Killer, a Retrospective, The Beacon Museum and Art Gallery, Whitehaven, Cumbria
In Context: V&A, London – 62 Group
In Retrospect: Alexandra Palace, London; RDS, Dublin; International Halls, Harrogate 62 Group exhibition
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
International Textile Open: Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

Gallery Artists: Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
62 Group at Cajobah Gallery: Birkenhead
The Art of the Stitch: Mall Galleries, London, and Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
A Collective Response: Bankfield Museum, Halifax – 62 Group exhibition
A Work of Art in Itself: Bury Art Gallery & Museum
The Point of the Needle: Dorset County Museum

Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Out of the Garden: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead – 62 Group exhibition
arttextiles 2: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery & touring
Corrymella Scott Gallery at Phillips, Newcastle upon Tyne

On and off the Wall: Maidstone Art Gallery & City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, 62 Group exhibition
The Art of the Stitch: Barbican, London, and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Gardens and Flowers in Embroidery: Tokyo, Japan
The Plate Show: Collins Gallery, Glasgow
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

In Arkadia: solo exhibition touring to Collins Gallery. Glasgow; Upfront Gallery, Penrith; Inverness Art Gallery & Museum; Belsay Hall, Northumberland; Ranger’s House, Greenwich;
Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Spirit of the Times: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
50 x 50: Tel Aviv Opera House; The Knitting & Stitching Show in London, Dublin, Harrogate, & Tatton Park, Cheshire – 62 Group

Paddy Killer – New Work: Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Traditions: touring exhibition of the Embroiderer’s Guild Collection
The Language of Touch: Collins Gallery, Glasgow and Shire Hall, Stafford
In Arkadia: solo exhibition, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre

The 62 Group: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire – 62 Group
Living at Belsay: Belsay Hall, Northumberland
Designing Time: Gateshead Central Library
Christmas Present: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Talking through your Hat: Churchill House Museum, Hereford
Saddleworth Festival: Uppermill, Lancashire
62 Group exhibitions at Bury City Art Gallery, Black Swan Guild, Frome; and Braintree Art Gallery
North by North-East: Durham City Art Gallery

Riches of Stitches: Collins Gallery, Glasgow
Decorative Arts Today: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London
62 Group goes West: Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Cats at the Laing: Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Picking up Threads: Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Decorative Arts Today: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London
Material Wealth: Bankfield Museum, Halifax
North by Northeast: Design Works, Gateshead
Contemporary Figurative Embroidery: Leicester City Art Gallery
Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Glorious Gifts: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

62 Group’s 30th Anniversaryexhibitions in Belfast, Glasgow, London and Japan
Take a Seat: Kings Lynn Guildhall
Thread of Inspiration: York
Out of the Frame: Crafts Council Touring Exhibition

Fascinating Fibres: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead – 62 Group
Head to Toe: Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
The Krefelder Stitchers: One Mellon Bank Center, Pittsburgh

Northern Arts Award Winners: Touring Exhibition
Leeds Polytechnic Gallery:  62 Group
The Embroiderer’s Feast: Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
Hankyu Company, Japan – 62 Group
Crafts at Home Showhouse: N.G.F. Gateshead 1990

Contemporary British Embroidery: Contemporary Textile Gallery, London
ZSK Project
: Deutsches Textil Museum, Krefeld, Germany
Crossing the Border: Collins Gallery, Glasgow – 62 Group

The Horticulture Show: Abbot Hall, Kendal
U.a. Englische Textilkunstler: Galerie fur Textile Kunst, Steinenbron, Germany
The Embroiderer’s Garden: Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire & Liberty
Hats by Paddy Killer: Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesbrough

Contemporary Textile Gallery, London
Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Leicester City Art Gallery – 62 Group
Woodlands Gallery, Greenwich – 62 Group
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

No more than a Foot: Swansea University Gallery – 62 Group
Paddy Ramsay: Van Mildert Gallery: University of Durham (solo)
Stitches and Threads: Rufford Craft Centre
Godfrey & Twatt, Harrogate,
Stitched Textiles for Interiors: R.I.B.A., London
Darlington Arts Centre

Woodhorn Church Museum, Ashington (solo)
April Showers: Mid-Pennine Arts, Burnley
Textile Works: Cleveland Crafts Centre Touring Exhibition
Newcastle Playhouse Gallery (solo)
South Manchester Gallery
Chelsea Craft Fair

Embroideries by Paddy Ramsay: Calouste-Gulbenkian Gallery, Peoples’ Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Material Things: Tullie House, Carlisle
Society of Arts Open: RSA, Edinburgh
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Chelsea Craft Fair

Rachel B Kay Shuttleworth Prize Winners: Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley
Chelsea Craft Fair

Tyne & Wear Museums, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne
Darlington Borough Council
Embroiderer’s Guild, Hampton Court Palace
Calderdale Borough Council, Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Hereford City Museums, Churchill House Museum, Hereford
Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth Collections, Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley
English Heritage, Belsay Hall, Northumberland
University of Strathclyde Fine Art Collection, Glasgow
Hampshire County Council, Winchester
Cleveland County Council
Leeds City Council, Lotherton Hall
Kirklees MBC, Tolson Museum, Huddersfield
V&A Museum, London

2017-8 Arts Council Grant for a glass project and exhibition with University of Sunderland (National Glass Centre), and Customs House Gallery. Part of DRAWING
2006 Arts Council Grant for her retrospective exhibition Drawn Together at the Knitting and Stitching Shows
2003 Arts Council North East Cultural Business Venture Grant for a new computer & this website
1999 Shortlisted for Artist of the Millennium by the BBC
1996 Shortlisted for Northern Electric Artists Award
1995 Northern Arts Major Award to develop new work to be shown as part of Living at Belsay, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, during the Year of the Visual Arts
1993 British Council Travel Award to Australia, leading workshops at Textile Fibreforum Conference, Artist in Residence: Canberra School of Art, lectures & workshops in Sydney & Adelaide
1990 Northern Electric Visual Arts Award
1989 Northern Arts Travel Award to Germany: one of 7 international textile artists invited to work with computerized multi-head embroidery machines in an art & industry project with Z.S.K. Stickmachin Gessellschaft mbH, Krefeld, Germany
1988 Northern Arts Award to launch Dressed to Kill
1987 Artist in Residence – Billingham Folk Festival
1985 Craftsperson in Residence – Woodhorn Church Museum, Ashington

2008 Drawings for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust
2005 Marye the Quene: commission for Hampshire County Council
2003 Shortlisted for the Textile Commission for the new Scottish Parliament building
Sex & the Seaside: commission for Kirklees MBC
2000 Site-specific commission for East Hartford Community Centre, Northumberland
1998 The Veiled Lady: a site-specific commission for Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Began working as invited artist on the Leeds Tapestry 2000 project1997 National Lottery Commission to make the TaleCoat for storyteller Taffy Thomas
1996 Tunnel Vision: a Land-Art commission for Sustrans C2C cycle path
Air U.K. commission for their 1997 calendar
Participant & initiator of The Book of Hours Community Project with Gateshead Arts & Libraries
1995 A Head for Heights: Commissioned hat for Hereford City Museums
1994 The Pillars of Art: a site-specific commission for Bankfield Museum, Halifax
1990 Creation Counterpane: National Garden Festival 1990 commission for the Crafts at Home Showhouse
Work sold through Christies’ Silent Auction
1987 National Garden Festival 1990 commission for festival advertising
1985-6 Co-operative Bank PLC Commissions for advertising
1983 1st Prize – Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth Competition for Embroidery
1977 Fashion Competition winner, University of Alberta
1974 Commission for University Hospital, London, Ontario

1982-88 Part-time lecturer, Sunderland Polytechnic – BA Artist/Designer/Craftsman
1984-90 Part-time lecturer, Cumbria College of Art & Design
1985 Part-time lecturer, Cleveland College of Art & Design
Part-time lecturer, Newcastle College
1985,6,9,90 Teaching courses for Tyne & Wear Museums
1988-90 Part-time lecturer, Monkwearmouth College
1990 Visiting lecturer, Glasgow School of Art
Courses at West Dean & Quarry Bank Mill
1991,3,4 Lecture & workshop tours of Ireland
1993 Lecture & workshop tour of Australia: Mittagong, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide
1993,4 Visiting lecturer, Limerick School of Art

Wickham Comprehensive, Blaydon Comprehensive, & Thomas Hepburn School in Gateshead;
Sacred Heart School in Redcar

INCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING BOOKS – with links to sellers

Twentieth Century Embroidery in Great Britain from 1978: Constance Howard Batsford, ISBN 0713446587
Designer Textiles: Fiona Adamczewski, 1986, David & Charles ISBN 0 7153 9040 6, pp90, 9, front cover
The Embroiderer’s Garden: Thomasina Beck, 1988, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 9117 8, pp2, 63, 123, 155
Quilting: Dorothy Osler, 1991, Merehurst, ISBN 1 85391 157 7, pp30, 31
Fairytale Quilts and Embroidery: Gail Harker, 1992, Merehurst, ISBN 1 85391 145 3, pp86-89, 139
The Embroiderer’s Flowers: Thomasina Beck, 1992, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 9901 2, pp10, 31, 32, 60, 89, 90, 108, 126 & jacket
The Merehurst Book of Needlework: 1993, Merehurst, ISBN 1 85391 109 7, p127
Woolcraft: Liz Bloor, 1993, BBC Publications, ISBN 0 563 36794 6, pp120-1
The Embroiderer’s Story; Thomasaina Beck, 1995, David & Charles ISBN 0 7135 0238 8, pp11,24, 39, 60, 88, 94, 98, 114, 128, 154, 155
Gardening with Silk and Gold: Thomasina Beck, 1997, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 0487 9, pp12, 40, 64, 67, 80, 100, 120, 137, 140-1, 142-3, 153, 154
Embroidery through English History: Tomoko Nishimori, 1999, p35, ISBN 4 579 10786
Colour and Design for Embroidery: Richard Box, 2000, Batsford, pp54, 58-9 ISBN 0 7134 8486 1
The Point of the Needle: Dorothy Bromiley, Eva-Lotta Hansson & Jacqueline Holdsworth Phelan, 2001, p90, (UK), The Dovecote Press, ISBN 1 874336 97 0; (US & Canada) Curious Works Press, ISBN 9728584 04 7
Inspired to Stitch – 21 Textile Artists: Diana Springall, pp124-133, A&C Black, ISBN 10: 07136 6986 1, ISBN 13: 978 0 7136 6986 2
The Romance of Bethnal Green: Cathy Ross, Bacton Books, 2007, p63, ISBN 978-1-901992-74-8
Textiles Now: Drusilla Cole, Laurence King Publishing, 2008, ISBN 10: 1856695727
Radical Thread: 1962-2012. The 62 Group of Textile Artists Celebrates 50 Years; 2012, pp74-75, Direct Design Books, ISBN 978 0 9571242 0 2
Making and Drawing: Kyra Cane, A&C Black, 6 Dec 2012, ISBN 1408134519, and 978-1408134511
Embroidery Designs for Fashion and Furnishings: Moira Thunder, V&A Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978 1 85177 814 0, p117


Textilforum: 1/87, p38; 4/89, pp29-34
Embroidery/ World of Embroidery: Spring 1984 p.21; Autumn 1988 pp124-5; Spring 1990 p16-7; Winter 1992 pp206, 204; Autumn 1992 p166; Spring 1996; Spring 1997 p29-31, Autumn 2006, March/April 2018 p56
Madeira News: 4/1988, 89, 90, 92
Crafts: May/June 1988 pp26-7; July/Aug 1990 pp38-9; Sept/Oct 1996 p34-9; Oct/Nov 1997 p15; Jan/Feb 2002 pp17-19
Homes & Gardens: Sept 1988 p25
The Embroiderer’s Garden: Doddington Hall, Lincoln 1988
Arts Review: 1990
Ornamente/ Handwerken Zonders Grenzen: Feb 1990
Festival Landmarks: National Garden Festival 1990
Textile Fibreforum: no. 37/ 1993 p10
Out of the Frame: Crafts Council 1992 ISBN 1 870 14508 9 p28
Decorative Arts Today: Bonhams 1993
Decorative Arts Today: Bonhams 1994
House & Garden: Oct, 1994 p16
Observer Magazine: 03.03.96
Living at Belsay: Phillips Auctioneers 1996 ISBN 1 874020 15 9
The Lady: 28.03.96
In Arkadia: Darlington Arts Centre 1997
The Language of Touch: 62 Group 1997
Northern Review: Nov 1997, June 1998
a-n: June 1998
Home: Sept 1998
50×50: 62 Group 1998
The Spirit of the Times: Bowes Museum 1998
The Art of the Stitch: Embroiderer’s Guild 1999 ISBN 0 903562 30 8
The Plate Show: Collins Gallery, Glasgow 1999
Art Textiles 2: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 2000 & touring
The Point of the Needle: Dorset County Museum
Red: 62 Group catalogue 2002 p38
In Context/ In Retrospect: 2002 62 Group catalogue p14
The Gaps Between – International Textile Biannual 2002: Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast publication
Sons & Mothers: 2003: Collins Gallery, Glasgow publication
Of Material Concern: 62 Group 2004
Newcastle Journal: January 2006
Bending the Line: 2009 ISBN 978-0-9548015-4-0, p.23
Ebb & Flow: catalogue for the 62 Group exhibition at the Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby

Arts Council of England NE slide library

411 Arts CD
Tracing Threads – 62 Group CD
Widening Boundaries – 62 Group DVD


62 Group