MAWA strives to be accessible and relevant to diverse artistic populations with diverse needs, particularly to Indigenous, Rural, New Immigrant and Artist Mother communities.   A diversity of programming led by a diversity of presenters (of practice and background), helps to create a welcoming environment for all women at MAWA.

  • Artist Mothers

    Artist Mothers at MAWA is a drop-in group for artists who are mothers, and mothers who are artists. Each meeting involves group critique of participants’ work and a focused discussion or activity. All artist-mothers welcome. Free!

    The acts and demands of child-rearing are exhausting and challenging. While caregiving, it can feel like we are not taken seriously as artists. Some women give up artmaking completely. Others refuse to choose, for they know artmaking is the oxygen mask one must put on first before assisting the little ones.

    The Artist Mothers Group at MAWA would like to extend an invitation to all artist mothers to come and meet other women who embrace both mothering and artistic production. This peer-based group meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are relaxed and informal. The group experiments with art materials, critiques each other’s work, and shares snacks, concerns, ideas, inspiration, strategies and support for those who juggle the tricky life of artmaking and mothering.

    For those who can’t make the meetings, please consider participating on our Facebook page, Artist Mothers at MAWA.

  • Artist Teachers Group

    Are you an artist and educator who spends all of your energy facilitating other peoples’ work? Have you started to lose your own practice? Are you willing to commit to professional and creative growth? Meet with other women and non-binary visual artists who work in education to develop your skills as an artist. Monthly meetings focus on critiques of each other’s work, professional practice workshops led by working artists, exhibition preparation, and meaningful peer support regarding what it means to be a teacher AND an artist. Check out our website at

  • Cross Cultural Beading Group

    The beading group meets every two weeks, October – May. Occasionally, during the course of this program, we invite a “guest beader” to share her specific traditions. For example, a Kenyan beader might be on hand at one session, an Anishinaabe beader at another and a Sudanese beader at another, etc. But they are not be structured workshops. Everyone is invited to share their skills and to work independently. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. Everyone is welcome, of all genders, backgrounds, skill level and age

  • Figure Drawing

    Facilitated by Louise Duguay $10. All woman-identified artists welcome

    Do you miss drawing live models? Want to practice drawing the human body but need the time and space? MAWA offers figure drawing with live models in an all-woman environment. No need to register, just show up. Doors open at 6:30pm to give you time to set up. The model begins at 7pm for quick gesture drawings followed by longer poses. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. Drawing boards are provided.

  • Indigenous Art Night

    Join us for tours of Indigenous exhibitions around Winnipeg and art activities in the MAWA space. This is an amazing opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories from the creators themselves and learn about new artistic techniques through different hands-on art activities. Learn more about artists’ processes and the Indigenous art community and talk about the issues that drive our work.

  • RavelUtion

    Looking to meet other young feminist and queer knitters? Whether you are a true beginner, a lapsed former crafter or an expert stitcher, MAWA’s young feminist and queer knitting group has a place for you! Bring your own project or pick up free supplies here. No previous experience necessary! All skill levels welcome.

  • Tough Love

    Perfect for those who need feedback, or want to discuss art and art issues with a group of peers. Feel like you are working in a vacuum or without community context? Join other artists and a special guest for a 3-hour discussion at which artists receive focussed, constructive critique. If you want to sign up for a critique, email Adriana at Everyone, of all genders, are welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue, whether you are sharing work or not.