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Proposals for exhibitions are welcome. We are looking for ideas which relate to the Library as an environment, or to our Special Collections. Exhibitions may take place in the Special Collections Reading Room where wall space and vitrines are available or they may be integrated within the Library space (providing that they do not impact upon Library services or conflict with the display of the College Art Collection). In addition, The Constance Howard Gallery holds exhibitions of Textiles. Exhibitions usually run for a maximum of 2 months.

To make a proposal, please download and fill out the following form and e-mail to library.exhibitions ( with a maximum of 5 images (300kb max, jpg or pdf) for consideration by the Library Exhibitions Group.

Library Exhibitions Form (Word doc download)

The Library exhibitions group also oversees the Kingsway Corridor cabinets in the Richard Hoggart Building. Please contact l.cannon (

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Current exhibitions and events


By Compiler, in collaboration with Fabio Natali

10.06.2017 - 31.07.2017
Ground Floor

The Cryptobar blurs the line between cryptography and the art of cocktail making. The installation aims to encourage discussions around data and surveillance: where your data is going, why it matters, and how to keep it private. You may be surprised at the long trail of digital footprints we leave behind us. This data can be collected, stored, manipulated and compromised in ways not even conceivable until few years ago, by individuals, private companies or governments.

Information security experts say that there is not a single definitive formula to protect your privacy. It is a matter of understanding who you are, what you need to protect and who you need to protect it from. Instead of bombarding you with threat-modelling, the Cryptobar creates conditions for strategising in response to surveillance while mixing cocktails. So, have a look at our Cryptobar Menu to find some software that might be right for you.

Fabio Natali is a London-based software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about coding best practices and the Python programming language. Driven by a particular interest in the social and political implications of digital technologies, Fabio is a long-time Free Software advocate and digital rights campaigner.

Compiler is a platform for the production and presentation of new media art and dialogue, incorporating exhibitions, workshops, discussions and performances with a focus on creative and critical engagement with digital technologies. Directed by four MA Digital Culture students from Goldsmiths, Compiler facilitates interaction, professional development and networking opportunities for early-career artists and residents of New Cross.

Goldsmiths Textile Collection - 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.

See the Textiles Collection Events page for more information