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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.

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Theatre Gwan, Fishguard

& Kings College, London


Image of Helen Knowles and Althea Greenan ( Women’s Art Library) at Media CityUK announcing the winner of the competition for new works 2015.

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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.

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ELEPHANT MAGAZINE and TALK- click here for the article

Is Childbirth the Ultimate Taboo? - A talk featuring BRC curator Helen Knowles with Iringó Demeter, Artist; Claire Cousins, Midwife. Moderated by editor-at-large Charlotte Jansen. Tickets available here  5th feb, 6-9pm @ Elephant West.


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If you would like to visit the collection in London then please sign up for a tour with Hermione Witlshire or Eleanor Featherby.

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