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Christine Risley Award 2017

Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos

29th September - 8th December 2017
Wed-Fri 11.00 - 17.00
Opening reception 28th September 16.00 - 20.00

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.

Contagious Hystories, sensitively dealt with ideas around the divided self, drawing upon the relationship between textile and the body to physically and spatially describe the emergence of two separate identities from a whole through the duration of a 1.5 hour performance. Utilising digital, and screen printing in combination with cyanotype processes, the hand-made garments, which draw on personal, family and cultural histories, embody this metamorphosis.

The performance was held in an autonomous temporary structure on ‘disused’ land in New Cross, from which travellers were recently evicted. Asking the audience to climb over a wall into this confined space, required them to enact the experience of displacement whilst creating a sense of inclusion through the intimacy of the shared experience.

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Talking 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 discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. For those keen to be involved further, there is the opportunity to research a chosen textile and to share findings or questions at the following session. Attendees are invited to continue discussion and share their own textile projects over tea and coffee after the session.

Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall basement

Upcoming dates

Friday Late 1 December 2017, 6-7.30pm
London Fashion at Goldsmiths

This evening edition of Talking Textiles will showcase a range of London-made fashion from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. Join the curators to explore over a century of London dressmaking including pieces from the Victorian era, key names of the British boutique movement in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as fashion created by alumni of London’s leading design institutions. Fashion creativity has for a long time been integral to London’s DNA and our collection reflects the outstanding place that the city has earned in the history of global fashion.
We are looking forward to a lively discussion and participants sharing their own research projects.