The Embroiderers' Guild are looking for a teacher who can demonstrate effective and on going teaching success and a talent that would provide the next generation with an outstanding practitioner; someone who generously and tirelessly inspires and enhances the learning experience.

The prize is a grant of £1,000 to help inspire the winner to take their practice and teaching to an even higher level. In the event that there are two winners in any year the prize will be shared equally.


  • Nominations for the Award are open now..
  • Teachers may nominate themselves, or a peer or student may initiate an application.
  • The prospective nominee should be involved in an established teaching practice either free-lance or employed in a Further or Higher Education institution in UK and Ireland.
  • Applications will be judged on the basis of evidence offered in response to the Award Criteria.
  • To nominate a person for this award please follow steps 1 to 5 below.

The application will include:-

1 Nominee’s Statement addressing the Award Criteria [not exceeding two A4 typed pages] which provides evidence of …

  • The quality of teaching excellence attained. Reference should be made to the level of teaching and the years of commitment and any awards won.
  • Inspirational approaches and techniques.
  • Student outcomes, in particular, performance that exceeded expectations.

2 Evidence of involvement in innovative and inspirational practice and promotion of the subject of hand embroidery is important. The statement may be accompanied by illustrations/examples.*

3 Nominations should state clearly what this award would enable – such as a further qualification; research; plans for a new series of workshops or lectures; the purchase of equipment that could benefit their students.

4 Testament from a teaching peer, addressing the Award Criteria.

5 Testament from a student, addressing the Award Criteria.

Please include a brief, bullet-point summary of each item/document accompanying the application. The completed application should be submitted, preferably by email, to or by post to Embroiderers’ Guild House, 1 Kings Road, Walton-on-Thames. KT12 2RA

Please note: The Guild cannot accept responsibility for any hard copies of supporting materials.

All applications should include the full contact details for the nominee and both referees (including address, phone and email) and brief information about the nominee’s current teaching practise. (e.g. courses run, location and student group).

Please Note: Subsequent to any initial application sent by post all communications to nominees will be by email.


Judging will be in two stages. A shortlist will be drawn up and three candidates will be invited for a final interview, which will take place in London – See timeline below.


Malcolm Lochhead - Textile Artist and Millennium Fellow in Design at Glasgow Caledonian University

Diana Springall – Artist, embroiderer and former Chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild

Elizabeth Elvin - former Principal of the RSN and first woman liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Broderers

Anthea Godfrey - former Principal Lecturer, the London School of Fashion in the Arts and former Chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild

Thelma Nye - Executor of the Beryl Dean Estate and publisher of Beryl’s books

Diana Phillips - Archivist, The Beryl Dean Archive

The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be accepted regarding the decision.


  • April 2015 Nominations Open
  • 22 January 2016 Application Deadline
  • 9 February 2016 Shortlisting
  • 9 March 2016 Interviews
  • April/May 2016 Award Presentations

The successful candidate will also be invited to attend the Embroiderers’ Guild AGM to be held at the Manchester Conference Centre on 16th April 2016 and the public presentation will take place at St. Margaret’s Lothbury in the City of London. Venues and exact timings are to be confirmed.

For full details of the application process please download the following documents:

Beryl Dean Award Judging Criteria

Beryl Dean Award Application Information