Birth Rites Collection Summer School

A few places for this year’s Birth Rites Collection Summer School are still available.

Birth Rites Collection summer school is a unique programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. It will introduce you to the art collection 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 articulate responses to the art collection in a supportive environment.

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 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 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​
–The collection’s impact on feminist art practices and the rehabilitation of the visual discourses of birth into art history
–Censorship of artworks on birth, institutional responses, ethics and the law
–Sexual reproduction and reciprocity

Speakers include: 

Sophie Lewis, Laia Abril, Joscelyn Gardner, Francois-Joseph Lapointe, Marta Stysiak, Nora Heidorn, Hermione Wiltshire and Helen Knowles.

There are two courses available:

In person five-day course:
July 12–16, 10–5pm GMT
Guy’s Campus, King’s College, London (pandemic allowing).

Online four-week course:

Wednesdays, September 8–29, 7–9:30pm GMT / Saturday, September 25, 1–6pm GMT

This will be a mixture of pre-recorded talks and material, plus online in-person workshops and tutorials.


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