Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery

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The Constance Howard Gallery is a 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.

Talking Textiles

Talking Textiles is a get-together for anybody interested in textiles and curious to find out more about the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. A small selection of textiles from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is available for viewing and informal discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. Attendees are invited to continue the discussion over tea and coffee after the session. See the Exhibitions and Events page.

Contact information

Telephone: +44(0)20 7717 2210
Email: textiles (
Twitter: @Textilesgold

Opening hours and where to find us

Talking Texiles