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Birth Rites Collection Summer School - Applications for 2020

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Date of next Summer School

6-10th July 2020

Guy’s Campus, Kings College London, UK.


Cost: £850 per person/£600 concession rate (for practising artists, students and those with a low-income.)


15 full-price places on this course

5 concession rate places.


We offer one bursary place on the course, priced at £200. This bursary will be offered on the basis that the candidate’s professional interests are relevant to the course content, and that they are a student on a low income. Please send your CV with your application and £100 deposit by paypal to







and tell us why you think you would benefit from this bursary place.


For full price and concession rates please put £100 deposit down via paypal to secure your place. Then email us to arrange a payment schedule.


All prices exclude accommodation and include snacks and refreshments for the week.




















Birth Rites Collection Summer School is a unique 5-day programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and one to one tutorials. It is generated by engaging directly with the artworks in the collection which are installed across the historic Guy’s campus, King’s College London, and hosted by the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care .


If you are a midwife, academic, curator, artist, medic, health professional, art historian or policy advisor, you will arrive on the course with your skill set and leave with a bespoke multi-media pack of visual, textual, auditory and filmic material of your own responses to art on birth, to be used thereafter in your own future work.


BIrth Rites Collection Summer School will introduce you to the art collection and facilitate a dialogue between you, your practice and the artworks. The course is led by Helen Knowles, BRC Curator and artist and Hermione Wiltshire, artist and senior lecturer in photography at the Royal College of Art. We will enable you  to articulate your responses to the artworks in the collection, through a variety of methods. Participants will explore themes brought up by the works, introduce different perspectives from special guest speakers and chair in-depth discussions that address aesthetics, ethics and practices of the visual discourse of birth.


Workshops will include the chance to shoot short films on everyday devices, create a podcast/ sound work and reflect on the themes through visual and written responses.


Themes :


-How the collection informs and unpacks attitudes in midwifery, medicine and education and it’s potential to change practice and policy.


-It's impact on the feminist contemporary art canon and the rehabilitation of the visual discourse of the birth aesthetic into art history.


-Censorship of works on birth, institutional responses, ethics and the law.


-Artistic and midwifery practices that address reproduction in the digital age, AI, simulation and the non-binary.


BRC Summer School Tutors and Speakers 2019