HELEN KNOWLES (b.1975) is an artist and curator of Birth Rites Collection.  She studied at Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths University on the MFA and lives and works in Manchester and London. Recent exhibitions include; Goldsmiths University Interim show, (2015), COLLABORATE! Oriel Sycarth Galley Wrexham, (2015), The Withdrawing Room, Folkstone, (2014), Mokuhanga, Tokyo (2014), ‘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). She recently carried out a residency in Moscow/Vishny Volochok with the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. Knowles has carried out other 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.