The Birth Rites Collection is the first and only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth.
Hermione Wiltshire is an Artist and co-head of the Photography. Programme, RCA. Her practice is an expanded photographic one that extends the physical status of the photographic image in multiple ways. Current research interests include Feminist aesthetics, the visual lexicon of sexual reproduction and the field of maternal studies. Her artwork Terese in Ecstatic Childbirth is part of The Birth Rites Collection at King’s College London and its censor is the subject of a paper jointly written with Helen Knowles curator of the collection called Institutional Resistances to the Birthing Body. It was exhibited recently in Birth at TJBoulting, London and Matresence at Richard Saltoun London. Hermione has hosted two international conferences at the RCA called Gender Generation: The Creative Process in Art & Design and Oxytocin in collaboration with Procreate. She will be undertaking a residency at the University of Montreal in 2021 to make a new piece called Actions for Knowledge Repair.