Oxytocin is an interdisciplinary event about mothers and carers that uniquely combines a bold programme of performances and live art with discussion panels and workshops.

Oxytocin creates a platform for critical art practices, maternal and feminist theories and health services.

The symposium highlighted new ideas whereby infrastructures and creative programs can support and facilitate healthy families thus challenging attitudes towards motherhood, gender and sexuality, childbirth, mental health and human rights.

Oxytocin contributes to the artistic development of ground-breaking and under-represented practitioners in the UK, creates a platform for the commission of new works and raise the profile of contemporary artists, give them representation and encourage their personal and public radical expression while developing new contexts, dialogues, and audiences.

Oxytocin first edition was organised at the Royal College of Art in June 2017. The second iteration of the project took place in March 2019 at the King's College London Guy's Campus in collaboration with the Birth Rites Collection.

The next Oxytocin edition’s curatorial theme, ‘Inclusive Mothering’, will analyse new practices, affirming birth and postnatal care for BAME, LGBTQIA+ disabled and under-represented groups.

The mix of speakers, performances and installations was incredible – I am not from an arts background and it challenged me to explore new ways of expressing and discussing aspects of maternity

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