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Shelly Goldsmith



Goldsmith has exhibited at major galleries and museums in Britain, in Europe, the USA and Japan; her work is in many notable public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum; Nottingham Castle Museum and the Whitworth Museum, Manchester. In 2002 she was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Prize and last year Shortlisted for the LICC International Creative Award. Working on a long-term project funded by the Arts Council and the Wellcome Trust, Goldsmith is constructing a body of work, ‘Stains and Stories’. Building on her partnership with the Forensic Science Service this work is influenced by forensic theories and methodologies in relation to worn clothing, life experience and memory. Last September a series of installations and photographs were exhibited in Revealing Evidence at Sir John Soanes House and Gallery, Pitzhanger Manor, in West London; Goldsmith recently showed developmental work at the Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent and in Indelible: Every Contact Leaves a Trace at Fabrica, Brighton. Other notable exhibitions include Cloth and Culture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Depth of Field: conversations between photography and textiles MAC, Birmingham and Out of Place, The New Art Gallery, Walsall. An experienced lecturer, Goldsmith regularly contributes to many UK higher Educational programmes; she is External Examiner at University Huddersfield and University of Hertfordshire. Since 2007 she has worked with 9 Kent Schools, project managing their Creative Partnerships Programmes. Goldsmith founded the pioneering Textile Art department at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton; she directed the BA (Hons) and MA Degree in Textiles Practice and Theory 1991 – 2006. Goldsmith is currently a trustee for the Crafts Council of Great Britain. Goldsmith regularly contributes to conferences, seminars, magazines and books; a recent Selvedge Magazine featured her article ‘Slip of a thing’ and a related lecture in October 2010 was given at the Foundling Museum, London, as part of the ‘Threads of Feeling’ exhibition. Other recent contributions have been Enfolded Meanings at the National Gallery, London and ‘Fabriconversations’ at Nottingham Trent University.

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