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HELEN KNOWLES (b.1975) is an artist and curator/ director of Birth Rites Collection. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths University and lives and works in Manchester. A former British Council, Young Creative Entrepreneur, she has curated and commissioned work for internationally renowned projects which include; BRC Bi-annual competiton for new workat media CityUK, 2013, ‘Birth Rites’, Manchester Museum / Glasgow Science Centre, 2008, ‘Don’t Cross the line’, ‘Agitate’ and ‘Radio Halo’ 2000, a show of eleven site-specific installations at Jodrell Bank Science Centre and Arboretum. Knowles has secured grants from ACE, The Amateurs Trust, Awards for All and Millenium UnLtd amongst others.
Recent exhibitions include; ‘Private View : Public Birth’, GV Art London (2013), Women’s Art Library, Kingsway Corridor Programme, Goldsmiths University, London (2013); Life is Beautiful’, Galerie Deadfly, Berlin (2012); Digital Romantics, Dean Clough Gallery (2012) and Walls are Talking, Whitworth Art Gallery (2010). Knowles has carried out residencies at Santa Fe Arts Institute (2013), Gatley Primary (2010), UCLAN (2002) and Jodrell Bank Science Centre and Arboretum (1999-2001). A recipient of awards from Arts Council England, The Amateurs Trust and winner of The Great Art Prize, Neo Art Prize (2012). Her work is held in public and private collections including, The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Winchester Special Collections, The National Art Library, RCA and GSA Special Collections, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Tate Library and Archive, Museum of Motherhood, New York and Birth Rites Collection.