Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery

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The Constance Howard Gallery is an AHRC-funded centre dedicated to multidisciplinary textiles research, and is home to the Goldsmiths Textile Collection.

The Collection, founded in the 1980s by Constance Howard and Audrey Walker, comprises textile art, embroidery and dress from all continents. Our global collection is complemented with a variety of teaching materials and archives, including technical and experimental samples and Constance Howard's own teaching archive.

View a selection of pieces from our collection and images of our slide collection of past student work done at the college.

The Constance Howard Gallery holds a specialist reference library, the Goldsmiths Textile Collection selectable from the Library Catalogue, that includes historical and anthropological resources on textiles and dress, books on textile materials and techniques, with a substantial selection of rare materials on textile and fibre art, exhibition catalogues, and books and pamphlets on individual artists.​

The Constance Howard Gallery holds a regular programme of events and exhibitions. We host a wide variety of researchers and practitioners from different disciplines including visual arts, visual cultures, anthropology, theatre and performance, cultural studies, educational studies, history and design.  We are open to the public and we welcome visitors from within Goldsmiths and other institutions.

We organize an annual prize, the Christine Risley Award, open to all students graduating from BA degree programmes at Goldsmiths, whose work engages with textiles.


Opening hours
Please note, over the summer the Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection, including the specialist reference Library, are open by appointment only. Please  e-mail to make an appointment.
Term time opening hours:
Wednesdays   11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Thursdays    11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Fridays      11.00 am - 5.00 pm

If you wish to see items from the textile collection or speak to the curator about research etc., please make an appointment.

Constance Howard Gallery
Goldsmiths, University of London
Deptford Town Hall Building
New Cross Road
SE14 6AF

Telephone: +44(0)20 7717 2210

email: textiles (

Twitter: @Textilesgold

Online Catalogue

Textile Collection Mailing List

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Latest News & events

The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery is delighted to announce that the winner of the Christine Risley Award 2017 is BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Clementine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos. Her works will be exhibited in the gallery in the Autumn term.

Talking Textiles

Talking Textiles is a once monthly lunch time get-together for anybody interested in textiles or curious to find out more. A small selection of textiles from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is available for viewing and discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. For those keen to be involved further, there is the opportunity to research a chosen textile and to share findings or questions at the following session. Attendees are invited to continue discussion and share their own textile projects over lunch next door to the gallery. Please bring your own lunch and any textile project you are working on. Tea and coffee are provided.

‌When and where

See the Exhibitions and Events page for more information



Talking Texiles