Christine Risley Award

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Kobby Adi, 'like a lit match in a NU-FREEZER: held' (2018)

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 2018

Kobby Adi

Kobby Adi was the recipient of last year’s Christine Risley Award at the Constance Howard Gallery, home to the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. Adi (b. 1995) was a graduate of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Goldsmiths, and lives and works in London.

Adi’s work situates the use of textiles amongst a thoughtful and multi-layered installation including narratives that are present and urgent, making textiles speak. like a lit match in a NU-FREEZER: held was on view at the Constance Howard Gallery from 21 September – 2 November 2018.

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of free public events and workshops led by collaborators Tiya Dahyabhai, Christina Simpson, Nadeem Din-Gabisi and EAST (Eating At the Same Table), as well as a themed Talking Textiles and object handling session. Please see the Goldsmiths Event Calendar for dates and details. A publication in the form of a CD accompanied the exhibition.

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The Christine Risley Award is open to any final year undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Art or Design Departments at Goldsmiths . The prize acknowledges the diversity and plurality of contemporary textile practice.  Work must be practice-based / creative but may encompass any media.

Guidelines for submission

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.