Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies*, Wine** &
Design, Birmingham.

A conversation series
sparked by Jessica Walsh

Hosted by Lisa Barrett and Lindsay Baker

A series of regular meetups which might include salon nights, guest speakers, workshops, or studio visits, usually limited to eight creative women*. We’ll wine** (or whatever you’re drinking), dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business and life.

If you’re a student or creative and would like to join us, you can browse our forthcoming events below, sign up to our mailing list, and find us on Twitter and Instagram. Drop us a line by email to reserve a place at an event - it’s free and reservations are first come, first served.

*The event welcomes those who define themselves as a woman. Our meetings should be inclusive and supportive spaces for all women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you are here it is because you feel that you are included and welcome by our gender inclusion policy. If you have any queries regarding our gender inclusion policy, please don’t hesitate to ask.

**The events are mainly held in a café environment and alcohol is entirely optional - it's a very laid back catch up over a soft drink, coffee, tea or a glass of wine/beer if you wish.

Wed 10 June, 8-9pm Drink & Doodle Social

Join us for our first Drink & Doodle social on Wednesday 10 June starting at 8pm.

This will be a relaxed event hosted by Birmingham illustrators Kat Tromans and Michelle Turton and will be a chance to catch up with other creative women, chat about how you’ve been getting on through the last few months, and doodle away to your heart’s content with a drink of your choice.

Bring some paper and your pens, pencils or paints. The event will be held via Google Meet – RSVP and you will receive details for the chat link on the day. Spaces are limited so we can make it a relaxed and welcoming event. No illustration skills required!


CANCELLED :( Cut x Stick x Chicks


A collage themed salon night hosted by artist Ruth Radcliffe.
Sponsored by GF Smith & 1000 Trades

Join us upstairs at the Jewellery Quarter's 'best place to drink' 1000 Trades for a collage themed salon night, guided by the super talented Ruth Radcliffe. Try your hand at crafting a paper collage inspired by your female heroes.

Ticket price: £6.50
Includes all materials.

1000 Trades, B1 3HE

Thu 6 Feb 2020, 6-8pm The welcome back meetup

We're back for 2020 and kicking off the year with some informal drinks to celebrate the first anniversary of our relaunch in Brum. Join us to find out what we have planned for 2020!

Thursday 6 February 2020
6pm – 8pm
@ The Ruin, Digbeth, B5 5SR

Thu 12 Dec 2019, 6pm Winter sign-off

We'll be joining the Birmingham Design Christmas Drinks, rounding off 2019 with an excuse for festive sparkle and fizz. A perfect chance to catch up with fellow designers and creatives ahead of the xmas break.

Venue: DigBrewCo,
43 River Street, Birmingham

Tickets: £8 include pizza & drink

Tue 22 Oct 2019, 6.30-8.30pm Carving your own path

Hear from women who are bravely going it alone and doing their own thing. We will host a panel of five wonderful women who've carved their own path, and now run their own creative businesses.

Iron House,
Ground Floor, 174 Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, B19 3JP

Admission free
RSVP and more info:

Wed 25 Sept 2019, 6-7.30pm Letting go of perfection

We invite 8 women to drink wine** and talk about how to embrace mistakes in design, how to work with the drive for perfection and how to manage your own expectations.

Venue: The Button Factory, 25 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HH

There will be 8 places available for this event so RSVP to reserve your place:

Sat 8 June 2019, 3pm Kerning the gap. The conversation

Join us for a series of events in partnership with the second Birmingham Design Festival....

Join us for a lively panel talk hosted by Kerning the Gap where we bring together a diverse group of speakers to reveal their experiences of gender equality and representation of women in the industry and discuss how we can action real change on a broader scale in a world where only 11% of Creative Directors are women.

Merle Hall from Kerning the Gap will be joined by co-founder of SheSays and Chief Creative Officer at Mr President Laura Jordan Bambach, Creative Director Sweta Pathak, Designer Craig Oldham & Chief Talent Officer of McCann Worldgroup Ollie Purdom.

BCU Parkside - P350

Book ticket:

Sat 8 June 2019, 11am Calligraphy Workshop with Amy Lay of Pinched Post

Join us for a series of events in partnership with the second Birmingham Design Festival....

Learn how to create beautiful modern calligraphy using a dip pen and ink. Amy will help you master basic strokes to make letterforms and you will then progress to joining letters to form words. The class includes an essential kit of pen holder, nib, and ink to use in class and take away to continue practising with.

Medicine Gallery, New Street, Birmingham.
Places cost £15.

Book your place:

Fri 7 June 2019, 2pm Papercutting Workshop with Sam Pierpoint

Join us for a series of events in partnership with the second Birmingham Design Festival....

Explore the basic techniques of paper-cutting and modelling. Sam will guide you through the steps you can take to bring your 2D sketches to life in paper. In this session you’ll work with a paper frame to create your own 3D animal sculpture to take home.

Please bring along your own craft knife. All other materials including paper, cutting mats and sketching materials will be provided.

Medicine Gallery, New Street, Birmingham.
Places cost £25.

Book your place:

Fri 7 June 2019, 11am – 1pm Portfolio Reviews

Join us for free portfolio review sessions with leading Birmingham creatives in the fields of Advertising, Design, Photography and Illustration. Open to students, graduates or any creatives looking for direction or advice. Book your slot and make sure to bring your portfolio with you.

25 minute bookable sessions.
Medicine Gallery, New Street, Birmingham.

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Thu 6 - Sat 20 June 2019 She Speaks The Truth Exhibition

Join us for a series of events in partnership with the second Birmingham Design Festival....

She Speaks The Truth Exhibition

She Speaks The Truth will look at revealing the truth about the position of women in design in order to challenge the status quo and create a genuine conversation about how we can empower women and support them in gaining an equal footing in the industry.

A celebration of female design talent in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Medicine Gallery, New Street, Birmingham.
Admission free. Open to all.

Thu 2 May 2019, 6-8pm Hot Type

A night of hot typography featuring Geraldine Marshall & Rebecca Howson. In partnership with BCU.

RSVP and more info here:

Thu 4 Apr 2019 LW&D meets Glug

Ladies Represent... Glug Birmingham is returning and we're hitting it in force with pre-drinks & chatter.

Mama Roux's
Kicking off at 7pm, with doors open from 6pm

We'll be in the bar from 6.30pm, come say hi!

Thu 7 February 2019, 6–8pm LWD Birmingham Relaunch

Join us for the relaunch of Ladies Wine & Design Birmingham this February! We will be kicking off our programme of events for 2019 with an evening of wine, chatter and art at Argentea Gallery on St Paul's Square in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

RSVP here:

6.30—10(ish) Thur 23 March 17 Procrastiworking

We are joining the Badego creative meet-up and attending Glug Birmingham. If you don't want to go on your own drop us an email and come with us!

6—8, Wed 15 Feb 17 Focus

Our first meet up of 2017 has a loose theme of focus. The event is held at Yorks on Stephenson St. Please email us if you'd like to come!

6—8, Wed 14 Dec 16 Make Your Own Luck (personal projects)

Our December meet up takes place at Yorks Bakery Cafe on Stephenson St. Please email to reserve a spot, first come first served!

6—8, Wed 16 Nov 16 Work Life Balance

Please email if you would like to attend - there's a few spots left! Held at Yorks Bakery Café.

6—8, Wed 12 Oct 16 Empowerment

First gathering of women in design in Birmingham. Increasing confidence in our community! Meet-up held at Yorks Bakery Café.

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. We believe we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We love the idea of casual salon nights to collaborate, meet and share ideas with other designers we identify with. So we got in touch with Jessica to bring Ladies, Wine & Design to Birmingham. Until parity exists, we believe events like these are essential.

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We're building a list of designers in and around Birmingham that we admire, work with, or have our eyes on. Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.