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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 housed in the University of Salford in the School of Nursing Midiwfery and Social Care in the Mary Seacole Building.

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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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Birth Rites Competition for New Works 2017.


Clare Charnley

Sara Nirrobakhsh

Amy Dignam

Frances Megan Wynne

Wai Pong Lui

Janice Howard

Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Campbell

Sandra Bouguerch

Jon Purnell

Paula Chambers

Tae Eun Ahn

Lauren McLaughlin

Nell Lynne

Alison O Niell

Seema Kohli

Clarissa Bourges

Amy Dignam.