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Birth Rites Collection Summer School

Applications are now open for the Birth Rites Collection Summer School


The course will take place 15-19th July 2019 at the Faculty of Midwifery, Guy’s Campus, Kings College London, UK.


Birth Rites Collection Summer School is a unique 5-day programme of lectures, workshops and exchange. It is generated through engaging directly with the artworks in the collection which are installed across the historic Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, and hosted by the Faculty of Midwifery.


Cost: £850 per person/£600 concession rate (for practising artists, students and those with a low-income.)


There are 20 full-price places on this course and 5 concession rate places. We are also offering one bursary place on the course, priced at £200. This bursary will be offered on the basis that the candidate’s professional interests are relevant to the course content. Please send your CV with your application and deposit to and tell us why you think you would benefit from this bursary place.


All prices exclude accommodation and include snacks and refreshments for the week.


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The Summer School


Birth Rites Collection Summer School will introduce you to the art collection and facilitate a dialogue between you, your practice and the artworks. The course will be led by Helen Knowles, BRC Curator and artist and Hermione Wiltshire, artist and lecturer in photography at the Royal College of Art. We will encourage you to curate your own responses to the artworks in the collection, through a variety of media, exploring the themes addressed by them, introduce different perspectives from special guest speakers and chair in-depth discussions that address aesthetics, ethics and practices of the visual discourse of birth.


Workshops will include the chance to shoot short films on everyday devices, create a podcast/ sound work and reflect on the themes through visual and written responses which will then be edited into an imaginative PowerPoint.

Who is this course for?


If you are a midwife, academic, artist, medic, health professional, art historian or policy advisor, you will arrive on the course with your skill set and leave with a bespoke multi-media pack of visual, textual, auditory and filmic material of your own responses to art on birth, to be used thereafter in your own future work.

The Schedule


The Birth Rites Collection Summer School course will be run Monday 15th to Friday 19th of July 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00/18:00. The days will be divided into a morning and afternoon session and the course will be a carefully curated combination of talks and workshops that progress thematically through the course material. Themes will include those such as Aesthetics and Feminist Art Practice and Institutional Resistance. Speakers will include Carmen Winant, visual artist and writer and Andy Lawrence, filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester.


A full schedule for the course, including an official list of speakers, will be available by 30th April.


Application and Booking


To book a place on this exciting course, please pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 to the Birth Rites Collection PayPal account, using the link below.


Following the deposit payment, please email Caitrin Barrett-Donlon at with the subject 'Summer School Deposit' and your details (name and any concession details/CV, if applying for the bursary postion.) Once we have recieved your payment and follow-up email we will be able to confirm your place on the course.


Final payment towards the Summer School fee is to be made by July 8th 2019.



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