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Birth in Contemporary Art

Symposium @ The Whitworth, 9th May 2011



The Birth Rites Collection held two symposia to explore the visual representations of childbirth. The symposia introduced the Birth Rites Collection and discussed the social, political and artistic implications of work around the subject of childbirth in contemporary art.


The symposium coincided with the Mary Kelly retrospective at The Whitworth.


The day was rounded off with an evening reception at Salford University Midwifery Department to present the old and new acquisitions and films.



Listen to the talks and discussions from the day.


Read about the speakers on the day.






Supported by the Arts Council England.


Photographs © David Oates