Groups

MAWA strives to be responsive, accessible and relevant to diverse artistic populations with varied needs. Groups at MAWA sometimes focus on a specific activity like Cross-Cultural Beading or a particular community like Indigenous Art Nights or Figure Drawing.  A wide range of programming, led by presenters of differing practices and backgrounds, helps to create a welcoming environment for all at MAWA

  • Art Jam: A free makers group

    This is a monthly online space in which to gather and make art together, hosted by Jessica Canard. During the first part of each meeting, Canard will share different techniques in the month’s featured medium. You can follow along and try them out or work on your own projects. Then the group will take turns sharing experiences related to that medium, talking about our art practices, and showing each other what we have made or are making. A materials list for each month’s activity will be posted in advance. You can gather your own materials or pick up a kit at MAWA. Again, you can create with whatever you want during Art Jam. This is just a time to hang out and make stuff together.

  • 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 a specific tradition. 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

    $10. All women and non-binary artists welcome

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

  • Indigenous Art Nights

    This is a relaxed and welcoming group – try new things, learn about the Indigenous art community and get inspired! Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people are invited to join us for tours of Indigenous exhibitions around Winnipeg and art activities in the MAWA space. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from Indigenous creators and experience a variety of artistic techniques through hands-on art activities.

    Facilitated by Niamh Dooley. Free, including materials!

  • 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 programs@mawa.ca. Everyone, of all genders, are welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue, whether you are sharing work or not.