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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 school of midwifery in King's College, London which is part of the faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care.  

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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.



We are pleased to announce that Birth Rites Collection has won some funding from the Goldsmiths Innovation Award to support the relaunch of the collection and mentoring of the business.


Helen Knowles will be working alongside Marina Norris on the mentoring programme.

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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.

Past events - Public Exhibitions - Talks by Helen Knowles BRC Curator in conjucntion with Susu Laroche and Georgia Horgan.


Royal Exchange Birth Festival19th - 22nd October 2016.

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From September 2017 the Birth Rites Collection is now hosted by the School of Midwifery, King's College, London.


We will be showing the works of the collection in and around  Guys Campus. We are extremely excited to have been so warmly welcomed by the school of midwifery and look forward to many exciting developments. We will be hosting a launch over the coming months. WATCH THIS SPACE!




Birth Rites Competition for New Works 2017.


Amy Dignam

Clarissa Bourges

Seema Kohli

Alison O'Neill

W.K. Lynne

Lauen McLaughlin

Tae Eun Ahn

Paula Chambers

Jon Purnell

Sandra Bouguerch

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Bishop

Janice Howard

Wai Pong Lui

Frances Megan Wynne

Sara Niroobakhsh

Clare Charnley

Stephanie Ferraz