Arts, Health & Social Care Symposia Series: Starts and Ends of Life

Tuesday 19 November 2013 11.00am - Tuesday 19 November 2013 7.00pm
Venue: Mary Seacole Building, Third Floor
Event Type: Arts; Health

The aim of the arts, health and social care symposia is to promote inter-professional collaboration between staff, students and practitioners from arts, health and social care; highlighting exemplars of best practice in fields such as birth, bereavement, change, loss and end of life care.

The symposia will showcase innovative artworks and installations that portray work surrounding these themes.


Artworks and installations in a variety of media (including but not limited to performance, music, poetry, creative writing, photography, film, pottery, sculpture, artefacts, drawing, painting, graphics, crafts and social media).

Workshops and poster presentations linking arts related activities with care provision. Practical workshops developing artworks and installations during the symposia.

Interactive ‘pop-up’ workstations/workshops and games. Public engagement through case studies and stories highlighting service user and carer perspectives.

Confirmed Presenters

Rebecca Baillie: Mother Artists: The representation of pregnancy, miscarriage and infertility in art.

Marie Brett: Amulet and Anamesis

Michaela Barnard, Dave Garbutt and Leah Greene: Challenging situations at the end of life, hi fidelity simulation of sensitive communication.

Dancesyndrome:  Charity and social enterprise to improve and empower people with learning disabilities lives through the vehicle of dance

Anija Dokter: Sound and childbearing: realities and imaginaries.

 Professor C.J.Hollins-Martin Bereavement care.

Helen Knowles & Samantha Lippett Birth Online: Birth Offline. Cross-cultural participatory arts project exploring native American and British perceptions of childbirth

Judith Kurutac and Andy Lawrence: Born, documentary film which examines two couples' very different experiences of birth. The film draws us into an examination of the connection between birth and death to explore the role fear plays in childbirth. “Our hope is to create a magical-real environment in which to go beyond the limits of our historical perspective on childbirth and its culturally bound rites, and to demonstrate an emotionally connected knowledge which can contribute to the debate on how we give birth and die.”

Claire Lawrie: A Massive Nothing.

Paula McCloskey: The Birth Project.

Tabitha Moses: False Starts and Happy Endings.

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn: Feeling Pregnant: the changing experience of pregnancy in 20th Century Britain.

Helen Sargeant The Egg, the Womb, the Head and the Moon.

Elaine Uppal Art of Midwifery.

Erika Robertson Contrasts between Life and Death.

Eti Wade Contemporary Developments in Maternal Representation.


Participants are encouraged to bring an artefact or memento of a loved one who has passed away, the symposia would like to record the meaning of these symbols and how it reminds you of the person you lost. Please bring a photo of the person and we can record your memories on paper, audio or video. A publication may arise from this activity.

Temporary Exhibition




The symposium is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at a charge of £10.

Birth Rites Exhibition, including launch of new acquisitions

A free drinks reception will be held between 6.00pm and 7.00pm as part of a special viewing of 13 new acquisitions to the Birth Rites Collection which is housed in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

Birth Rites is a collection of contemporary art on childbirth which is the first of its kind in the world. It is housed between the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in London and the Mary Seacole Building at the University of Salford where it is on display for staff, students and the general public. The collection currently comprises photography, sculpture, painting, artist books, print, wallpaper, drawing, new media and film.

Claire Lawrie: A Massive Nothing, 2011

Tabitha Moses: Islands of Blood and Longing, 2010

Janet Russek: Pregnancy Series, 2005

David Scheinbaum: Jason. A Homebirth Experience, 1979 – 1980

Valerie Schmidt: Formations (Seeds)

Dominika Dzikowska: Wet warm velvet, 2009-2013

Eti Wade: Home Birth (in the kitchen), 2001; Home Birth (with vacuum cleaner), 2001

Marie Brett: Amulet Project – two framed works and sound works – these are temporary installations which will be donated to the collection at the end of the Amulet tour next year.


To book a place, go to the online shop.

For more information contact Elaine Uppal at or call 0161 295 436.