Hillu Liebelt was born in Trier/Germany. In 1980 she moved to London. After 35 years in England she returned to Germany in 2015 and now lives in Berlin.
Specialising in hand woven tapestries and fibre related sculptural work, she also produced site specific installations for exhibitions in galleries and museums. She has exhibited in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain and Japan, and her work featured in magazines and newspapers as well as several books and exhibition catalogues.
Since 1994 she has been teaching tapestry classes, gave lectures and held workshops in Britain, the Netherlands and Japan. From 2001 on she also curated group exhibitions for galleries and textile fairs.
Her solo touring exhibition DELICATE MATTERS was launched in the autumn of 2008 at ‘HISHIO – Centre for Cultural Exchange’ in Japan and was linked to a six weeks’ Artists Residency in Katsuyama/Okayama Prefecture. A year later the exhibition moved on to the Platform Gallery in Lancashire and to Black Swan Arts in Somerset.
STILL MOMENTS, her second touring exhibition, again started off in Japan (October 2012), this time in two adjacent galleries in Kyoto, ‘Art Life Mitsuhashi’ and ‘Gallery Yuragi’. It then returned to the UK and was shown at the ‘Bankfield Museum’ in Halifax/Yorkshire, followed by the ‘Museum in the Park’ for Stroud International Textiles in Gloucestershire and finally the ‘Aberystwyth Arts Centre’ in Wales, closing at the end of September 2013.
In 2014 she was invited to show some of her most recent work at the Craft Study Centre of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham/Surrey.
2012 Arts Council England
2007 Arts Council England
2006 Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers