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 an educator who needs to make more time for your own creative practice? Feeling isolated as a teacher or instructor? Spending all of your energy facilitating other peoples’ work? This is the group for you! Meet with others in your field monthly to crit each other’s work, take creative workshops, exhibit and share peer support regarding what it means to be a teacher and an artist. No need to register … just show up! Facilitated by Dawn Knight.

  • Cross Cultural Beading Group

    This fall MAWA launched a cross-cultural beading group at which participants informally work on their own projects together. The beading group meets every two weeks, October – February. 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.

  • 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 Feminisms

    Indigenous Feminisms endeavours to be a space for critical dialogue related to Indigenous feminism, traditional knowledge and how it connects to Indigenous artistic practices. Be a part of the ongoing conversation and help shape the direction of this dynamic new group. Activities could include analysis of readings, gallery-going, critique, collaborative art projects, interventions and activism and will be determined by the participants.

  • Young Radical Artists at MAWA

    Are you a young feminist looking to improve your artmaking, learn more about art and do more in the Winnipeg art community? Would you love to connect with other young feminists in the city to create radical and positive art together? Are you between 14-18 and in high school? For more information and to indicate your interest, contact group facilitator Stacey Abramson at