Janet Ledsham studied Fine Art for her first degree at Manchester College of Art and then Textiles at postgraduate level. She lectured in Textile Art at the University of Ulster from 1976-2004 and is currently an Emeritus Reader.
In 1997 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Art: Textiles, this was in recognition of her position as an innovative Textile Artist, who had made a significant contribution to the development of the subject.
In 2001 she represented the U.K. in The 10th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland.
She has been selected for major European touring exhibitions, The 5th International Betonac Prize, Flexible 1 Holland, The Bienniale du Lin France and European Art Quilts.
Her work has been acquired by public collections and has been cited in numerous publications including Art Textiles of the World, Great Britain (vol.2). She is an Honorary Exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists.
Janet's work is currently on show as part of the exhibition: 'Making Changes, Contemporary Craft in Northern Ireland' at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, until 30th August 2007.