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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
above: Installation view of matrescense @ Richard Saltoun Gallery 2019.
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.
BIRTH curated by Charlotte Jansen at TJ Boulting - loaned Terese in Ecstatic Childbirth.
If you would like to visit the collection in Guys Campus at King's College London, then please sign up for a tour with Hermione Witlshire or Eleanor Featherby.
LOANS OF THE COLLECTION
Applications are invited 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.
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.