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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


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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.



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Applications are invited for THE SHARED GAZE, which is a


LAHP/AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at the Royal College of Art in collaboration with Birth Rites Collection. 


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.


For more information please visit the LAHP website and click on the Shared Gaze project.

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.


Image below : Doing Lucy by Puck Verkade.

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In light of the current health pandemic, we want to reassure you that we plan to run the Summer School as scheduled between 6-10th July 2020.   As the situation progresses, we will keep you informed of any changes via our website and Mailchimp.


In the event of cancellation, all deposits will be returned.