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The Birth Rites Collection is the first and only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth. The collection currently comprises of photography, sculpture, painting, wallpaper, drawing, new media, documentary and experimental film. It is hosted by the Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. The collection is displayed across Guy’s Campus in New Hunt's House, the Chantler SaIL Clinical Skills Centre, the Henriette Raphael Building and the Hodgkin Building.
Image : Helen Knowles BRC Curator interviewing Judy Chicago
Student Midwives in the Home from Home suite at Salford University learning about homebirth practise surrounded by two works by Judy Chicago from her 1980's Birth Project.
If you would like to visit the collection online with a guided tour , then please sign up to be led around via a zoom link with Hermione Witlshire, Eleanor Featherby or Helen Knowles.
We will have guest artists including Ingrid Berthon Moine and Holly Birtles joining us. Please see eventbrite for details.
DEADLINE EXTENDED 15th May
Applications have closed for THE SHARED GAZE, which is a
This fully-funded studentship will commence in October 2020. This is a unique and rare opportunity for interdisciplinary research between the Royal College of Art and the Birth Rites Collection which is hosted by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London. By framing and examining midwifery, birth and neonatal care through the lens of contemporary visual art, the project builds on discourses that bring together elements of medical practices, historical narratives of birth, the caring professions, fine and applied art practices including curating.
We will be announcing the studentship very shortly.
IMAGE : Lauren McLaughlin's 'A conflict of interest' which won in 2018.
RE-DOING LUCY - performance lecture by Puck Verkade. - collaboration with the London Science Gallery / Gender Season to commission a new work and acquire it for BRC.
In light of the current health pandemic, we want to reassure you that we will be running the Summer School online as scheduled between 6-10th July 2020.