February at Goldsmiths Library

February at the Library


During February we'll be celebrating LGBTQIA+ History Month and have lined up a very special Valentine's night with queer indie band Barry. We also see the return of Games Library Night - a showcase of independent games, installations and industry speakers looking at games from a queer perspective.

Alongside this we have exhibitions, workshops and talks.
Here’s what’s happening.

Fashions Constellations:
blueprints towards expanding fashion practice

31 January – 6 March
Deptford Town Hall Building. Constance Howard Gallery, basement.
opening hours

The Constance Howard Gallery and Fashions & Embodiment Studio are pleased to invite you to a presentation of evolving artefacts, images, texts and conversations that document reflections on Fashion Constellations - a teaching project led by Ruby Hoette and Katherine May. 

Over the course of the exhibition the Constance Howard Gallery will become a site for dialog, collaboration, and experimentation through a programme of workshops and activities, including: Fashion Constellations workshop, conversations facilitated by Kinship Podcast, and publication assembling by Sasha Lychagina

The compiled parts will be available to view/collect from 17th - 26th March. Please see @fashiongoldmsiths for programme updates


Research Cafe

12 February, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Library Ground Floor Social Learning Space (Rutherford Building)

Each month a line-up of Goldsmiths researchers take you on a high-speed tour of their work. Grab a free cup of tea or coffee and find out about the range of research projects taking place across the College. Each 10-minute research talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

February line-up:

- Miranda Matthews (Education)

- Rachel Doern (Institute of Managament Studies)

- Alex Dymock (Law)

- Ragupathy Venkatachalam (Institute of Managament Studies)

The panel will be chaired by Nuala McLaren, Reader Services Librarian.


Talking Textiles:

Exploring the collection of Christine Risley

14 February, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Constance Howard Gallery, Basement, Deptford Town Hall Building.

Christine Risley (1926-2003) grew up in Richmond and Lewisham, winning a scholarship to Prendergast School, Lewisham and then studying Art and Craft (1944) followed by an Art Teacher’s Diploma (1949) at Goldsmiths. In addition to following a career as an artist and Designer, she returned to Goldsmiths to teach from the late 1950's until the late 1980's.  Most notably, she established the Machine Embroidery Department under Constance Howard and authored several books on the subject.

This session is an opportunity to explore an undocumented part of her personal collection and discuss what it might tell us about Risley’s approach to her practice as an Artist, Designer, Teacher and Author.


LGBTQIA+ Band Night with Barry

14 February, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Library Ground Floor Social Learning Space (Rutherford Building)

A very special LGBTQIA+ Valentines night with live bands and performances in Goldsmiths Library!

We have Barry, https://www.facebook.com/barryband/ a queer indie band from South London, who recently had a session on Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music radio show as well as Gideon Coe's.

We will also have LGBTQIA+ musicians and performers from the music department at Goldsmiths and a donation bar with all proceeds going to the Outside Project https://www.lgbtiqoutside.org/ dedicated to helping LGBTQIA+ homeless youth.



In partnership with Goldsmiths Music Department

Games Library Night

21 February, 3.00pm - 9.00pm
Library Ground Floor Social Learning Space (Rutherford Building)

As part of the LGBTQIA+ History month the Games Library Night is back with a night of playing games together and exploring games from a queer perspective. The event kicks off at 3pm with a showcase of independent games, installations and student games including: 

  • Tiny Islands by David King 
  • Cadence by Peter Cardwell-Gardner
  • Bird of Passage by Space Backyard 
  • Sonder by Franciska Csongrady 

Then at 6pm we'll be welcoming the first of our speakers on stage to start the talks!
Speakers will include:

  • Chris Priestman, - "How to make games even more queer".

The event is free and open to the public, all are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

In partnership with Goldsmiths Computing Department 

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