Critical Discussion

MAWA provides a forum for critical dialogue, in part by offering critical reading and discussion groups on focused on specific topics. These have ranged from “big questions”, as exemplified by the “What is Art? Throwdown”, featuring presentation by three panelists from across the country, to in-depth analysis of specific texts, such as the reading group focusing on the recent work of cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Critical reading and discussion groups are programmed on an ad hoc basis, and are offered free of charge or at nominal cost.

  • Thinking Through Thread

    This seven-month fibre intensive (September – March) will focus on the magic of how threads are transformed into art. Each session will delve into a different aspect of textiles as witnesses to our lives. Topics will include: the environment; love, healing, and the body; death, mourning, and the spiritual; clothing; identity and memory; activist and performative textiles; and the future of fibre. Threads of feminist thinking will run through each session, as will the importance of Indigenous threads. Sessions will include slide lectures, readings, discussion, looking at the work of artists and makers and more. For a meeting link, contact

  • Critical Writing

    Do you have something to say and would like a paid writing opportunity? MAWA wants you!

    MAWA welcomes proposals for critical writing essays from people of all genders, to be printed in our quarterly newsletter. For more information on this opportunity download this pdf

    Image: Sophie Calle, Portrait 1 (detail)

  • Critical Painting Perspectives

    This online reading group is dedicated to exploring ideas, practices, theory and criticism with respect to contemporary painting. Group Zoom meetings will be held the first Monday of every month at 9 am. All women or non-binary painters are welcome to join the conversation, and critically evaluate and discuss the selected reading over a virtual cup of coffee. Interested in participating? Email facilitator Laura Darnbrough at for links to a short accessible article and the online meeting.

  • Theory at Home

    It’s fun! It’s theoretical! And you can wear your pajamas! MAWA presents a series of informal critical discussions led by guest facilitators online. People of all genders welcome. Email to receive the Zoom link to the meeting. Or if you are tired out by so many Zoom meet-ups or find the interface challenging, feel free to do the reading or have a discussion on one of these topics with a friend.