'Goldsmith is amongst the foremost textile artists working in the UK at the present time'. Prof. Lesley Millar MBE Director Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre Shelly Goldsmith uses textile materials and processes as a metaphor for imagining how psychological states, emotions and memories associated with human fragility and loss can be made visible in cloth and pre-worn clothing. Developing the project 'Stains and Stories' Goldsmith is working on a UCA and Arts Council funded project 'Locus of the Dress. This initiates a partnership with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Herminia Hernaiz-Sanders in exploring the theory 'Locus of Control' through drawing on clothing. Collaborations with Dr. Annie Shaw at MMU for the Stroud International Textile Festival and Barber/Swindells at Huddersfield University have raised opportunities to provoke fresh outcomes as well as present findings and new understandings.
In 2013 Goldsmith joined the Fashion Textiles: Print teaching team at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. Their European collaborative 'Crysalis' research project is currently showing at the Ronse Textile Museum, Belgium and 'Lace Effects' at the Calais Lace and Fashion Museum in 2013. 'Digital Encounters' the final exhibition of the project and was shown at UCA Canterbury June 2014.
2012 saw five new books/catalogues published featuring Goldsmiths research and practice, including Jessica Hemming's book 'The Textile Reader', 'Digital Textile Design 2' by Melanie Bowles & Ceri Isaac and Barber/Swindell's 'Mining Couture. An experienced lecturer, Goldsmith founded the pioneering Textile Art department at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She was a Senior Lecturer 1991 - 2006 and directed the BA (Hons) Textile Art and MA Degree, Textiles Practice and Theory. She is currently External Examiner at Bath Spa University.
Goldsmith regularly contributes to conferences and seminars, recently including Digital Encounters at UCA Canterbury and Enfolded Meanings at the National Gallery, London and for the Threads of Feeling exhibition at the Foundling Museum, London.
tippinggoldsmith is a creative partnership set up in 2009. Collaborating with the site specific designer Christopher Tipping and joining their range of knowledge and experience the partnership expands Goldsmith's practice through public and permanent installations, whilst developing Tipping's ideas into a gallery context. Recent outputs have been 'Mille Fleur' - Architectural Glass for The Dyson Centre for Neo Natal Intensive Care, commissioned by the Royal United Hospital, Bath, (NHS Foundation Trust) and the installation '1479 plates', The Octagon, Bath.
CV & Education
1985-1987 M.A. Degree (Distinction) Tapestry. Royal College of Art
1982-1985 B.A. (Hons) Degree- Textiles. West Surrey College of Art and Design
2015 The Art of Bereavement Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts Farnham, Surrey
2015 Crafting Anatomies Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2015 Re-Fashioned Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford
2011 The Lovers PublicArtHouse, Duke of York Pub, Tonbridge Wells, UK
2006 becoming Victoria & Albert Museum, Crafts Council showcase
2001 Ripened The Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
1999 Dew Point Centre de Documentacio i Museu Textil, Terrassa, Spain; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, London, UK; Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
1997 flow Barbican Arts Centre, London, UK
1995 L Space Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia
2014 Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury
Metamorphosis, TO3 Textile Incubation Centre, Ronse, Belgium
2013 Lace Effects 1, Cite International de la Dentelle et la mode de Calais
2012 The Bolingbroke Hospital : A view Looking Back CAA Gallery, London
Bitesize Diawa Anglo Foundation, London, GalleryGallery, Kyoto & Nagoya University of the Arts and Science, Nagoya, Japan
Pairings II conversations & collaboration, Stroud Museum, Stroud International Textiles
2011 Lost & Found Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
2010 Revealing Evidence Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House London
Print Now BEARSPACE, Detford, London Art Fair
2009 Turner Contemporary Open Turner Contemporary, Margate
2008 Four Seasons Gallery DODO, Tokyo, Japan
Indelible: Every Contact Leaves a Trace Fabrica, Brighton
Margate Rocks Art Festival Margate Kent
Cloth & Culture Now Sainsbury Centre, Norwich/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Collecting a Kaleidoscope Designed&Made, Newcastle and touring
2007 150th Anniversary Album The Victoria and Albert Museum
Eye of the Needle: Threads of History Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
Deep Inspirations Jerwood Space, London
2006 Obsession Sartorial Contemporary, London
Out of Place The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Threadbare Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester
Depth of Field: conversations between photography and textiles
mac, Birmingham ; Lighthouse Gallery, Poole; Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire; Q Arts, Derby
2005 koko-ima/here-now Gallery Kaze Tokyo, Japan
Reveal: Nottingham’s contemporary textiles Nottingham Castle Museum
2004 Introduction to the Crafts Council Millennium J in collaboration with the Crafts Council, Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo Japan
Threads, a permanent exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
Japanese & British Art Now - A Review Art Planning Room AOYAMA, Tokyo, Japan
2003 What is Craft ? hub: The centre for craft design and making, Sleaford, Lincolnshire UK
Kanazawa World Craft Forum Korinbo Daiwa; Utatsuyama Workshop; Kanazawa New Grand Hotel, Kanazawa Japan
2002 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002: Textiles The Crafts Council of Great Britain Gallery;
2001 Succulent Fruits Spica Museum Tokyo, Japan
2000 ripe 3-up series, Crafts Council, London
Fold The Newspaper of the unconscious - the Freud Museum, Hampstead, London
COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS
2012 The Bolingbroke Hospital : A view Looking Back. St. Georges Hospital Charity.
Pairings II conversations & collaboration. Collaborative ‘pairing’ project with Dr Annie Shaw (MMU) for Stroud International Textiles
2011 The Lovers PublicArtHouse in collaboration with Royal Tonbridge Wells Museum
Jane Barr Memorial Commission
2010 Glass Screen Commissions for New Minehead Hospital, Somerset
2000 & 2004 Purchase by the Contemporary Art Society Collection Scheme on behalf of Castle
Museum, Nottingham, Contemporary Textile Collection with funds from the Arts Council Lottery
2000 The Crafts Council of Great Britain, permanent Collection
LECTURES, LECTURING, RESIDENCIES & CONSULTANCY
2014 Richard Tuttle’s ‘I don’t know, The Weave of Textile Language’, Richard Tuttle. Turbine Hall, Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery. Seminar/Lecture/Workshop
2010-2014 Mentor for the Hothouse Mentoring Program,
2014 Speaker/panel member at Crysalis, Digital Encounters Symposium: Transformative Practice, UCA Canterbury
2012-14 External Examiner, Multi Media Textiles BA Hons Creative Practice, Bath Spa University
2009-2012 Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Farnham & Canterbury,
2009-2012 External Examiner, Huddersfield University
2006-2013 Trustee for the Crafts Council of Great Britain
2011 External Advisor to BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice Validation, MMU
2010-2011 Co-Mentor, Reflect Lab, The Sage Gateshead,
2007-2011 External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire
2006-2011 Creative Partnerships Agent, project managing programmes in Kent schools
2010 Lecture for the Threads of Feeling exhibition the Foundling Museum, London
2009 Advisor to the Art Foundation’s Textile Art Prize 2010
Selector for Nottingham Contemporary Open Exhibition 2010
Visiting Lecturer: Swansea Metropolitan University/ Norwich School of Art/
Masterclass & lecture, University of Ulster & Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2008 Enfolded Meanings lecture at the National Gallery
2006-7 Group Tutor, MFA Textiles, Goldsmiths University of London
3RD Year tutor, BA (Hons) Textiles, Goldsmiths University of London
1991-2006 Senior Lecturer, Founder and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Textile Art;
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
2005 Fabriconversations Symposium, lecture at Nottingham Trent University /Fabrications Festival
GRANTS & AWARDS
2014 Arts Council for Locus of the Dress Project
2013 University for the Creative Arts Research Grant for Locus of the Dress Project
2010 Theo Moorman Trust – Research trip to the Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent
2003 Research Award, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University
2002 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002: Textiles
2000 British Council Travel Award
CITATIONS, PUBLICATIONS & PRESS
-Rossi-Camus Jenna / Prof. Buck MBE Margaret/Harmer Denise/Williams Serena. (2014) Digital X Historical in Digital Encounters Exhibition Catalogue. UCA Canterbury: Herbert Read Gallery.
- Swindells, Barber. (2012) ‘Ruminations with Shelly Goldsmith.’ In: Mining Couture. A Manifesto for Common Wear. Black Dog. pp. 18-23.
- Wilcox, Timothy, Penney, Caron, Mathison, Fiona. (2012) Tapestry: A Woven Narrative, Black Dog.
-Woods, Liz. (June 2012) The Bolingbroke Hospital: a view backwards, Exhibition Catalogue. St. Georges Hospital Charity. pp. 2,9,10,13.
-Hemmings, Jessica, (Editor), Wildgoose, Jane. (June 2012) ‘Considering the Evidence, Part II MEMORY.’ In: The Textile Reader, Berg. pp. 64-67.
-Kettle, Alice, Mason, Dawn. (May 2012) Pairings II Conversations & Collaborations. Stroud International Textiles Pub. pp. 5,8,30,42.
-Kinnersly-Taylor, Joanna. (2012) Dyeing and Screen printing on Textiles. A &C Black.
-Bowles, Melanie & Isaac Ceri. Digital Textile Design - Second Edition, Laurence King. pp. 143, 160-1.
-Millar, Lesley. (Oct 2011) Bitesize – Miniature Textiles From Japan And The UK Exhibition Catalogue. pp. 38.
-Dupree, Dawn. (July 2011) Heat Transfer Techniques. A &C Black. pp. 50, 70,71, 72.
-(Sept 2010). ‘10 to See : Recommended Exhibition this season’ In: Aesthetics Magazine. pp. 21.
-Goldsmith, Shelly. (Sept/Oct 2010) ‘Scrap of a thing: 18th-Century Textile Tokens from the Foundling Museum’ In: Selvedge Magazine (36). pp. 37 – 40.
-Love, Emma. (Sept/Oct 2010). ‘Things Seen And Unseen’ In: Craft Magazine. pp. 56- 59.
-Leonard , Polly. (Sept/Oct 2010). ‘Goldwork’ In: Selvedge Magazine. pp. 07.
-Scott, Jo. (Sept/Oct 2010). ‘Diary’ In: Embroidery Magazine. pp. 11.
-Sterk, Beatrijs. (Mar 2010). ‘Preview’ In: European Textile Forum. pp. 22.
-Elliott Grey, Christine. (July 2009). ‘Cloth & Culture Now- Exhibition Review’ In: Textile :The Journal of Cloth and Culture’ 7 (2). Berg. pp. 252-255.
-Bowles, Melanie & Isaac, Ceri. (June 2009). Digital Textile Design. Laurence King. pp.160-161.
-Crichton-Miller, Emma. (Nov 2008). ‘Wall to Wall Winners’ In: Financial Times.
-Gordon, Hattie. (Sept/Oct 2008). ‘Indelible: Every Contact Leaves a Trace - Exhibition Review’ In: Embroidery. pp 57.