Shelly Goldsmith

Reader in Textiles, UCA Rochester

Academic, School of Fashion

Shelly Goldsmith's most recent work explores the 'imprint' of our lives and thoughts on the surface of the garments we wear - making visible psychological emotions, thoughts and memories.

Shelly Goldsmith joined the University for the Creative Arts  in 2013  as a Senior Lecturer teaching on the BA Fashion Textiles: Print  program and recently also contributing to the MA Textiles for Fashion and Interiors. Shelly had previously contributed to programs within the university as a visiting lecturer and external validation panel member. 

Prior to joining UCA she devised and established the Textile Art Department at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, leading both the BA and MA programmes.

Shelly has taught across a number of textile design and fine art programs within the UK, in Australia, Japan and Europe. She is an experienced external examiner; she has acted as an advisor on Bachelor of Arts validations and UK funding bodies.

Shelly graduated with an MA with distinction from the Royal College of Art, previously with a Bachelors degree from West Surrey College of Art and Design, now UCA Farnham.  

She 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.  

Shelly is an active researcher, investigating textiles at the cusp of fine art and craft practice. She was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Prize, for Textiles and short-listed for the LICC International Creative Award. She contributes to conferences and seminars and has authored articles for magazines, journals and catalogues.

Shelly is co-founder of studio tippinggoldsmith creating gallery, site specific and public realm work for a wide arena.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Shelly is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the European Textile Network, the Slow Textiles Group , the Textile Society, Contemporary Applied Arts and the Assembly of Artists. 

She was a Trustee for The Crafts Council of Great Britain 2006-2014


External examination:

Visiting Lecturer 2006-2017

  • Bath Spa University - BA Multi Media Textiles
  • Royal College of Art – MA Multi Media Textiles
  • University of Ulster – BA Contemporary Textiles
  • Swansea Metropolitan University – BA Textile Practice
  • Norwich School of Art – BA Textile Design
  • Goldsmiths, University of London - MA Textiles & BA Textiles


Other  2006-2014

  • Mentor for the Crafts Council’s Hothouse Program
  • Selector for ARTAPESTRY exhibition, European Tapestry Forum, Copenhagen
  • Manchester Metropolitan University - Validation Panel member for BA Textiles in Practice
  • Grant advisor to The Wellcome Trust
  • Selector for Nottingham Contemporary Open Exhibition
  • Selector for The Textile Prize - The Art Foundation
  • Selector for American Tapestry Biennale exhibition, American Tapestry Alliance
  • Validation panel for BA Fine Art, University College Chichester Sussex
  • MA Program Development - Middlesex University, Opus School of Textiles
  • Advisor to Purchasing Panel/Crafts Council Contemporary Collection

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • University for the Creative Arts Research
  • Arts Council funding
  • Theo Moorman Trust – Research trip to the Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, Belgium
  • Shortlisted for LiCC London International Creative Prize
  • Arts Council Grants for the Arts, Travel Award to Japan
  • Wellcome Trust Funding Award
  • Arts Council England & Creative Partnership Kent, Artist in Schools
  • UK Trade and Investment Grant in collaboration with the Crafts Council of Great Britain
  • Research Award, University of Southampton
  • Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Textile


Commissions and Collections   2000-2015

  • Worshipful Guild of Haberdashers CollectionWhiteleaf Hospital Glazing screen artworks - New Mental Health Hospital, Commissioned by Artscape: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Under Your Shade Day Treatment Unit - Oxford Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital . Oxford
  • The Bolingbroke Hospital : A view Looking Back. St. George’s Hospital Charity. New work
  • Pairings II - conversations & collaboration. Collaborative ‘pairing’ project with Dr. Annie Shaw (MMU) for Stroud International. New work
  • The Lovers PublicArtHouse in collaboration with Royal Tonbridge Wells Museum. Site specific installation
  • Jane Barr Memorial Commission
  • Purchases by the Contemporary Art Society Collection Scheme
  • Nottingham, Contemporary Textile
  • The Crafts Council of Great Britain Collection
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum Collection

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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