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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

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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.


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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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Since september 2017 Birth Rites Collection is now hosted by the Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. We are extremely excited to have been so warmly welcomed by the Department of Midwifery.


The collection is displayed across Guy’s Campus and is displayed in New Hunt's House, the Chantler SaIL Clinical Skills Centre, the Henriette Raphael Building and the Hodgkin Building.


On the 25th January we held an amazing launch night at Kings college, London! This included a screening and announcement of  the winner of the Birth Rites Competition for New Work 2018.


Birth Rites Competition for New Works 2018 was also screened as part of the Thursday Lates @ Whitworth Art Gallery on 18th January 2017. The following artists were shortlisted;


Amy Dignam, Clarissa Borges, Seema Kohli, Alison O'Neill, W.K. Lyhne, Lauren 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, Stefanie Ferraz.


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The winner of the Competition for New work is Lauren Mclaughlin with the work 'A conflict of Interests'. Pictured above. Lauren will be carrying out a residency with the Birth Rites Collection and department of Midwifery over the coming year.


TOURS OF THE COLLECTION : For the next academic year the dates are To be announced. 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.


To register for the tour or find out when the next ones are scheduled please email the curator, Helen Knowles.


The Role of the Artist in Perinatal Mental Health - seminar @ Manchester Art Gallery, Fri 21 September, 2018 11:30 – 16:30 BST with talk by BRC Curator, Helen Knowles.