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 Artist Mothers at MAWA.  A wide range of programming, led by presenters of differing practices and backgrounds, helps to create a welcoming environment for all 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.

  • 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

    $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 Everyone, of all genders, are welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue, whether you are sharing work or not.