Christine Risley Award Guidelines


The Christine Risley Award is a £500 cash prize awarded annually by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths BA student for outstanding creative practice-based work relating to the field of textiles. The award is made possible by the generous bequest of the late Christine Risley, a Goldsmiths alumna and widely respected textile educator, author, and practitioner.

The Chrisine Risley Award celebrates the diversity and plurality of contemporary textile practice. As such the prize aims to honour an original engagement with textiles, broadly conceived. The £500 cash prize also comes with the opportunity to exhibit work in the Constance Howard Gallery, home to the Goldsmiths Textile Collection.

If you are a graduating BA student and wish to be considered for the Christine Risley Award, please send an expression of interest to by 5pm 7 June. Please state your Department and you may include a personal statement (one side of A4 max) if you wish.

Submission specification

1. The Award is open to any undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Art or Design Departments at Goldsmiths who is in his/her graduating year at the time of submission.

2. The work has to relate to or engage with textiles, whether materially or conceptually. It may encompass any media and must be practice-based/creative work.

3. The awarding panel is made up of Library Special Collections staff and an external judge who will view the work at the final degree shows.

4. The winner will receive £500 and the work will be exhibited in the Constance Howard Gallery. The Gallery may wish to purchase the winning work, for which a separate sum of money will be paid.

5. The judges retain the right not to award a prize.

About Christine Risley

As a textile artist, Christine Risley (1926-2003) was a key member of Constance Howard's remarkable and innovative department of textiles. In the 1960s Christine pioneered the teaching of machine embroidery and established one of the most exciting courses of the period. A great teacher, and writer on the subject, she encouraged her students to be adventurous in both work and life.