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 Christine Risley Award celebrates the diversity and plurality of contemporary textile practice. As such the prize aims to honour work that demonstrates original engagement with textiles, broadly conceived (this may be a single work, or a group or series of works).

The £500 cash prize also comes with the opportunity to exhibit work in the Constance Howard Gallery, home to the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. Given the current circumstances and postponement of events and exhibitions on campus, judging this year will take place digitally as opposed to at the degree shows. The curatorial team will also liaise with and support the winner with scheduling an exhibition should they be available and would like to take up this opportunity.

If you are a graduating BA student and wish to be considered for the Christine Risley Award, please send an expression of interest along with your submission in the following format:

  • Up to 10 JPEG images. Files should be saved as Surname_Given name_1 (2,3, etc.)
  • Links to video (YouTube / Vimeo), if applicable

Submissions should be sent to textiles ( by 5pm on 28 June. Please state your department and you may include an artist 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 their 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 all of the digital submissions
  4. By entering you are agreeing to share any files/links submitted with the internal and external judges for the purposes of assessing the award only. All files will be shared securely and will be deleted following the judging process. Read more about how student data is managed
  5. The winner will receive £500 and the work will be exhibited in the Constance Howard Gallery
  6. 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.