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Previous Exhibitions

An exhibition of works by Christine Risley Award Winner Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos

Installation of Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos's 2017 exhibition at Constance Howard Gallery

The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of works by the winner of the Christine Risley Award 2017, Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos.

The award was made in recognition of the strength of her performance work ‘Contagious Hystories’, performed during the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show. An associated film will be on exhibit at the Constance Gallery, along with photographic documentation by the audience and garments hand-made by the artist.

Dr. Vivienne Richmond: Remedy for Rents

Remedy for Rents, installation shot

A Remedy for Rents showcased a rare collection of exceptionally fine needlework by working-class women students at Whitelands College from the last quarter of the 19th century. The women were training to teach in elementary schools for working-class children and their needlework focused on the production and repair of simple garments and household textiles. The exhibition illuminated the history of working-class dress, female education and gendered roles, experiences and expectations in 19th-century Britain and beyond.

Reconstructing Textiles

Gal Lesham, 'Hora' (2015)

This student-led exhibition aimed to instigate a dialogue between archival sources from the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection and the contemporary work of five students from the BA Fine Art & History of Art course. Taking an equal interest in practice and theory, the artists were intrigued by the historical presence of textiles in Goldsmiths and its influence on the textile-based practices of current students. Using the Goldsmiths Textile Collection’s rich material resources, the artists created new works based on selected archival objects pertaining to their individual interests.

The exhibition was accompanied by two seminars enabling discussion and handling of items from the Collection.

Exhibition Proposals

If you have ideas for an exhibition in one of the library spaces, please see Exhibition Proposals for further details.