Kelly Thompson completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) Degree 1992 – 94 in Textiles at Canberra School of Art, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
She now works in Canada as Assistant Professor at Concordia University Montreal, QC, CA and has also lived and worked in California, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. This nomadic life has informed her research as an artist involved in contemporary fibres/textiles as an expanded field in art discourses. Her art practice explores visual touch, signs and traces of order, mapping, surface and structure relationships in objects and installations. Before joining Concordia, she was head of the textiles program at Goldsmiths, University of London (England) and spent a decade as a senior lecturer and program manager at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. Research interests are explored through intersections of digital imagining and material engagement with traditional weave and fibres construction, print, dye and jacquard technologies. Themes include notions of location, mobility and identity; travel and material culture read through Postcolonial theory; and textiles as cultural signifiers and embedded with narrative content. Other interests include the analysis of language employed within travelogues, global, geopolitical and environmental contexts. She is active in arts education and pedagogy in both formal and informal communities and her artwork has been exhibited in group and individual exhibitions internationally.