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.

  • Artist Mothers at MAWA

    Artist Mothers at MAWA extends an invitation to all artist-mothers to meet with others who embrace both mothering and artistic production. Meetings are relaxed and informal. Participants experiment with art materials, critique each other’s work and share, ideas, inspiration, strategies and support for those who juggle the tricky demands of artmaking and mothering.

  • Cross Cultural Beading Circle

    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

    Indigenous Art Nights are for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) women, non-binary, trans and Two-Spirit people of all ages to learn from knowledge keepers and try new artmaking techniques in a relaxed and welcoming space. Join in for hands-on artmaking, behind-the-scenes stories from Indigenous creators, and traditional teachings. All materials are provided for these free sessions. To register, contact Niamh at

    Facilitated by Niamh Dooley. Free, including materials!

  • Stitchen’ Saturdays

    Stitchen’ Saturdays is a new, youth group for needle-craft enthusiasts, featuring instruction and social/making time for people of all genders, 14-30 years of age. Led by MAWA Student Intern Lasha Mackedenski, it is an online, creative space for learning and hanging. Need materials? A limited number of supplies are available at MAWA, Wed-Fri. 10-4. Call 204-949-9490 to arrange curbside pick-up.

  • 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.

  • Young POC Art Group at MAWA

    This four-month-long discussion group will focus on contemporary artwork created by POC in Canada and internationally as a means to explore identity and our shared experience. Let’s build community! Stay tuned for details about discussion topics, special guests and activities. To register contact For People of Colour under 30 of all genders.