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Birth Rites Collection Online Summer School - Applications for 2020

Applications are now OPEN for 2021


Date of Birth Rites Collection Online Summer School

is yet to be released but we aim to hold two courses. One will be held over an 8 week period consisting of weekly 2 hour sessions. The second will be a tradiitional 5 day course. It has yet to be decided if this will be online or in person.


Cost of 8 week course : £350 per person / £250 concession (for practising artists, students and those with a low-income.) 16 hours contact time


Cost 5 day course : £450 per person/£300 concession rate (for practising artists, students and those with a low-income.) 25 hours contact time


15 full-price places per course

5 concession rate places.


For full price and concession rates please put £100 deposit down via paypal to secure your place. Then email us to arrange a payment schedule.


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Birth Rites Collection Online Summer School is a unique 5-day programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. It will introduce you to the art collection via a pre-recorded video tour and facilitate a dialogue between you, your practice and the artworks. The course is led by Helen Knowles, BRC Curator and artist, Hermione Wiltshire, artist and Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. They will help you to articulate responses to the art collection in a supportive zoom environment.


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


Workshops include shooting and editing short films on mobile phones, creating a sound work, and reflecting on the themes through visual and written material. We will introduce different perspectives from international guest speakers and chair in-depth discussions that address aesthetics, ethics and the visual discourses of birth.


Themes include:


-How the collection informs and unpacks different perspectives from midwifery, medicine and education, and its potential to change practice and policy.

-Artistic and midwifery practices that address reproduction in the digital age including AI, simulation, VR and new reproductive technologies amid changing perspectives on the non-binary and notions of kinship.

-The Collection’s impact on feminist art practices and the rehabilitation of the visual of discourses birth into art history.

-Censorship of artworks on birth, institutional responses, ethics and the law.


The Course will run from 13.00 GMT until 18.30 GMT


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