Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award

Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award

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The Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery & Design in Textile Art


Since its establishment by the Embroiderers’ Guild, in partnership with Beryl Dean Education Trust in 2013, this award for teaching excellence has attracted high quality applications, demonstrating the resurgence of embroidery as a key component of Textile Art learning. Winners and commendation awards have been made to teachers in both higher, further and adult education throughout the UK.

We are looking for a teacher who can demonstrate effective and ongoing teaching success; a talent that provides the next generation with an outstanding practitioner; someone who generously and tirelessly inspires and enhances the learning experience and cares passionately about the future of embroidery.

The Judging Panel aims to make awards to those teaching in a Further or Higher Education institution and to those involved in an established teaching practice in adult and community education.

The prize pool is £1,000 to help inspire the winners to take their practice and teaching to an even higher level.


  • Teachers may nominate themselves, or a peer or student may initiate an application.


  • Applications will be judged on the basis of evidence offered in response to the Award Criteria.
  • Judging will be in two stages; a shortlist will be drawn up and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
  • In accordance with government guidelines, although a shortlist of candidates has been drawn up, the interview process has been postponed.
  • The judges considered that conducting interviews by conference call (even by video) would not be appropriate.
  • The panel have written to the shortlisted candidates advising that interviews will take place in London as soon as government regulations permit. An update will be sent to the candidates in June 2020.


  • The successful candidate(s) will be invited to attend the Embroiderers’ Guild AGM (which has been postponed until later in 2020 - date to be advised).
  • A public presentation of the award will take place at the London School of Fashion (attendance by invitation only) later in 2020 when government guidance allows.
Embroidery Magazine November/December 2019The November/December 2019 issue of Embroidery Magazine featured a special article about the award which you can download/read here by clicking on this link: Beryl Dean Award Teaching Excellence in Embroidery.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at beryldeanaward@embroiderersguild.com for any further clarification.

Previous Winners

Karen Nicol Jan Dowson
2014 - Karen Nicol 2015 - Jan Dowson
Debbie Gonet Hannah Maughan with Diana Springall (left)
2015 - Debbie Gonet 2016 - Hannah Maughan (right) with Diana Springall
Polly Kenny with Anthea Godfrey (Judge)
2017 - Polly Kenny (right) with Anthea Godfrey
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