Events

Special events are a fun and exciting way to celebrate the talent and energy of our membership, while welcoming artists and the public to the MAWA space.

MAWA hosts various events throughout the year, from our annual Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party to Foundation Mentorship Showcases.  Events can serve as valuable fundraisers for MAWA, or simply reasons to gather and party!

  • Showcases and Exhibitions

    From time to time MAWA hosts showcases and exhibitions! The Foundation Mentorship Program graduates often mount a year-end showcase to commemorate the mentorship experience. The Artist Mothers Group at MAWA put on exhibitions several times a year. Artists in Residence sometimes share their work in progress at the end of their residency. Talent abounds at MAWA, and we are happy to help MAWA members get exposure!

  • Screenings, Performances & Events

    MAWA partners with organizations such as Cinematheque, send + receive, and Nuit Blanche to present screenings and performances of all varieties.

    Image: Tomoko Sauvage, performance from 2012

  • Symposia

    As a way of providing a forum for education and critical dialogue, MAWA is committed to developing conferences for the debate of timely and topical art concerns. Past symposia have included: Who Counts? A Feminist Art Symposium (2014), Sculptural Vocabularies (2011 in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery), Art Building Community (2008), Locating Feminism (2001), and First Person Plural (2000).

  • The Tiny Gallery

    The 45”-wide “bump” on the north wall of MAWA’s 611 Main Street programming space is dedicated to showcasing work by a MAWA member of any gender each month in any 2D or 3D media. We also accept single channel videos that will be featured on our large format TV. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Shawna at dempsey@mawa.ca. No artist fees will be paid for this opportunity.

    Image: Lindsey Bond, from Messages to: The Edmonton Remand Centre Newspaper, photo installation, Feb. 2015

  • Over the Top Art Auction

    Opening party and bidding: Friday, March 16, 2018, 6-10pm; free admission (ticket required to make a bid)! Bidding: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12-5pm; free admission (ticket required to make a bid)! Cupcake party! Final Bidding: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1-5pm; $10 advance tickets, $12 at the door; first auction lot closes at 3 pm

    Over the Top is a fantastic mix of art and mayhem, sugary goodness and fun! Every March MAWA hosts our largest annual fundraiser in the form of a cupcake-fueled art auction. What’s not to like about over 1,000 cupcakes, amazing artworks from over 100 artists, stellar raffle baskets and more?

    Over the Top brings together over 400 young professionals, artists and art collectors to MAWA, who bid on artwork, buy raffle tickets and devour delicious cupcakes. Last year, over 150 artists donated 156 works of art and 43 bakers donated 103 dozen cupcakes. You’ll be sure to meet every Winnipegger with a sweet tooth for art!

    As a not-for-profit, registered charity, the Over the Top event is our most important fundraising venture. In 2015 it raised over $33,000, which is 12% of our annual budget! These funds are crucial in enabling us to provide professional, engaging and relevant art-based programming, such as our Mentorship Programs, Critical Discussion Groups, Skills-Based Workshops, Artist Lectures and more!

    Interested in donating artwork? Contact Alison at info@mawa.ca 2018 Artist Contract coming soon!

    Have questions about the event?
    You can find our Frequently Asked Questions here

  • Craftstravaganza

    Each year invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day by learning traditional craft techniques from Indigenous and New Canadian master craftswomen. In this free, drop-in mega-workshop you can try your hand at four different crafting stations. Crafts taught in past years have included: Granite Engraving, Loom Beading, Decoupage and Quillwork. Meet people from around the world and around your community, while crafting and enjoying international snacks.

    Why does MAWA host the Craftstravaganza and why should you participate? Because it’s fun! It promotes cross-cultural learning, keeps traditional craft techniques alive, and provides employment opportunities for Indigenous and New Canadian women.

    People of all genders are welcome to attend!

  • Fall Supper

    For one magical night each autumn, MAWA supporters experience the most delicious and delightful meal of the year. Diners dress up, chow down and dance the night away! Past themes have included Disco, the Roaring 20s and the Sic Fi Future. It is more than fun… it is ridiculous fun!

    The Fall Supper is a means by which MAWA raises money for MAWA’s Legacy Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. This growing pot of money will . Thanks to our supporters and The Winnipeg Foundation’s matching policy, this growing fund will someday provide a revenue stream for MAWA programming. Help MAWA build a sustainable financial future. When November comes around, get ready to eat, drink and par-tay in support of MAWA!

  • Field Trips

    From time to time MAWA takes to the road! Whether it’s a bus trip to the Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba in Brandon, or a trip to the Petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park, we like to be on the move!