Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 17.44.2013 – 22 March 2015

Open daily 9am-6pm. Closed on 18 March

Free

Preview 13 March 6-8pm

The University of Salford will host an award ceremony and exhibition of the only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth at the University’s MediaCityUK campus.

The Birth Rites Collection comprises photography, sculpture, painting, wallpaper, drawing, new media, documentary and experimental film.

Shortlisted artists include: 

Belinda Kochanowska, Tal Regev, Kerri Jefferis, Jean Thompson, Anna Kell, Jess Dobkin, Helena Eflerová, Lisa Peachey, Michelangelo Arteaga, Jennifer Campbell, Bella Milroy, Valentina Loseva, Rina Dweck, Vicki Fleck, Sascha Waters Freyer, Leonie Cronin, Fiammetta Horvat, Alma Lily Rayner, Francesca Montinaro, Billie Bond, Candan Duyar, Alison O’Neill and Channel Two.

The Birth Rites Collection is shared between the University of Salford Midwifery department and the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in London. The aim of the collection is to encourage debate and increase awareness around childbirth practice. It uses art to consider the social, political and cultural implications of birth.

This year the annual Award and Exhibition has had 111 entries from all over the world.  These entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of 23 by judges Helen Knowles, Birth Rites Curator, and Althea Greenan of Goldsmiths University Women’s Art Library, who will also choose one award winner.

The winner will receive n a residency at The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University and a stipend, provided by the Birth Rites Collection. This opportunity will be a chance for the winning artist to make new contacts in the London art scene and to create new work.

Image credit: A Link With The Past, Billie Bond, 2011