Curator’s CPD Study Day: Conceptual Craft

Eleanor Lakelin
Eleanor Lakelin

27 September 2019


Sackler CPD Programme members: free
£10 for non-members

Join us for a curator’s study day in London, for Arts professionals to learn more about the most innovative craft practices in the UK today.

The day will start at Deptford Town Hall, where the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is housed in the Constance Howard Gallery. Curator of the collection Jane Cameron will introduce the centre, which is dedicated to multidisciplinary textile research and we will be able to view some exemplary textile pieces.

Janis Jefferies, Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Goldsmiths, who has curated exhibitions with textile works internationally and has published extensively on the subject, will then talk about the transformative element of textiles and the potential of crafts in the age of technology.

Following lunch, we will visit the studios of Eleanor Lakelin and Darren Appiagyei at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. Both artists work with wood and appreciate the natural qualities of the material, as well as the ways it can transform into something entirely different. They will talk about their practice and we will be able to see new work.

Participants can then choose to extend their day for the opening of an exhibition by Farrah Riley-Gray at the Constance Howard Gallery, who has won the 2019 Christine Risley Award for outstanding work relating to textiles.

We regret to inform you that Deptford Town Hall may present difficulties to those with limited mobility.



12.00 Meeting at Deptford Town Hall (Train/ Overground: New Cross Gate)

12.15 Jane Cameron, Curator of the Goldsmiths Textile Collection will introduce the Collection and centre for research

12:25 Lizzie Canon will present some examples of textiles from the Goldsmiths Collection

12:40  Janis Jefferies, Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths will give a talk on the trans-formative aspect of textiles and the potential in the digital age

13:30 Q+A

13:45 – 14:45 Lunch at Café SOLinn, New Cross

15.15 Cockpit Arts, Deptford
Studio Visits with Darren Appiagyei and Eleanor Lakelin

17.00 Private View of an exhibition by Farrah Riley-Gray at the Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall (optional)


Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members, please apply by 20 September 2019. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member and/or apply for a bursary please email

To book a place as a non-Sackler CPD Programme member please pay using the link below


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