Birth Rites Collection

Content © The Birth Rites Collection. Not for profit company Ltd by guarantee no: 5805902




Sign up

for our


News from the Kitchen Table  

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.

th_audio-icon Griselda Pollock Seminar Helen Judy and chicago small


Facebook circle blue large Twitter circle blue large



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.

david oates6

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.

screen night 2015

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.


Screenshot 2019-01-23 at 21.37.38


Film screening.


Join us for a double bill of films by Lucy Beech and Kate Davis as a special public screening from the Birth Rites Collection Summer School Programme.


Hodgkins Building, Guys Campus,

Kings College London.


Wednesday 17th July 2019.


For tickets please click here.

Read more about Oxytocin: Mothering the World



Birth Rites Tours of the collection


Please meet at the entrance to New Hunts House. Tours will be led by Hermione Witlshire, artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Helen Knowles, BRC Curator and Eleanor Featherby midiwfery student. To register for the tour or find out when the next ones are scheduled click here.

Screenshot 2019-05-10 at 12.18.43