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The Christine Risley Award is a cash prize awarded by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths student for outstanding work relating to textiles, in memory of Christine Risley.

The Christine Risley Award Winner 2016

Louise Madsen

The 2016 Christine Risley Award has been awarded to BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate, Louise Madsen.

In the words of guest judge, Jennifer Harris (Deputy Director, the Whitworth, Manchester), 'her sculptural pieces demonstrate a profound material sensibility that aligns them with the kind of work that is being produced as part of the “material turn” that so much international art has taken in recent years’.



On display at the Constance Howard Gallery will be a collection of experimental pieces that demonstrate Madsen's investigative approach to how we encounter objects. Working with materials that shift, melt, cut, harden, spread and absorb, Madsen explores surfaces of internal and external change. Her seductive combinations of often disparate materials subvert their own haptic qualities in a way that is at once alluring, destabalising and uncanny.

‘It is most often the materials’ qualities of being too familiar giving way to the them becoming increasingly odd or even alien as I focus on them, that attracts, puzzles and provides me with a nervous energy’ (Louise Madsen).

With an approach to making and materiality that is both embedded in the tactile whilst resisting any tendency to be ‘pinned down’, Madsen is developing a rich language which resonates with a long history of material expression and what Jennifer Harris refers to as ‘the productive indeterminacy of contemporary art textiles’.


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The Christine Risley Award is open to an undergraduate of any discipline.  The prize acknowledges the diversity and plurality of contemporary textile practice.  Work must be practice-based / creative but may encompass any media.

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Learn more about Goldsmiths’ Textile Collection and the Constance Howard Gallery

 

About Christine Risley

A textile artist, Christine Risley (1926–2003) was a key member of Constance Howard’s remarkable and innovative department of textiles, where she set up the machine embroidery area in the 1960s and published a series of books on embroidery. She saw herself as a modern woman, encouraging her students to be adventurous in both work and life.