Birth Rites Exhibition

An exhibition exploring the politics and practice of childbirth through contemporary art work uniting artists and childbirth professionals to consider the social, cultural and political implications of the ways in which we give birth.

The exhibition displayed artworks commissioned through Birth Rites collaborations and included artists: Hermione Wiltshire, Ping Qiu, Jaygo Bloom Suzanne Holtom and documentary maker Andy Lawrence. Childbirth professionals included Ina May Gaskin, Judith Kurutac and jim Dornan.

A forum and banquet called Matrix was also held at the Victoria Baths in Manchester where artists and their collaborators shared insights into their work together.

The exhibition premiered at the Glasgow Science Centre on 31st May 2008 it was open to the public for 3 months before touring to Manchester Museum in September of that year.

Entrance to Glasgow Science Centre exhibition
Terese crowning in ecstatic birth
Taken from Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Digital Print, 50 x 65 cm
Hermione Wiltshire