New artworks wanted for midwifery collection

Monday 8 October 2012
Fluid Womyn by Cathy Grimsditch, Julie Haigh and Jemima Powell.
The University of Salford is inviting submissions of new artworks to a project that promotes normal childbirth and the rights of mothers.

The Art of Midwifery is a collection of original artworks which inspire midwives, women and their birth partners to adopt a more normal and active birth philosophy. It is inspired by the feminist American artist Judy Chicago whose themes include birth trauma, the absence of birth imagery in western culture and freedom for women after childbirth.

It also draws on Helen Knowles’ 2008 Birth Rites exhibition which questioned society’s approach to childbirth. Some of the Birth Rites Collection is now housed in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

The project won a Tricia Anderson Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Award last week in recognition of its innovative approach to the wellbeing of mothers and babies. The £1,000 award is being used to display artworks in local maternity units.

Elaine Uppal, Art of Midwifery project leader, said: “We are delighted to be able to add to the student midwives work and hope to attract additional pieces for the collection from members of the public, staff and service users of maternity units”

Artworks that reflect the ethos of the project can be submitted in any form, with a prize of vouchers worth £100 for the best piece. The closing date is 30 November.

For more information contact Elaine Uppal on e.uppal@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 6436.

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