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.

Tuesday 25 August, 8-9.30pm Drink & Doodle Social

This will be a relaxed event hosted by illustrator & photographer Winnie Nip, who will invite us to view Hong Kong through Google Maps and we'll choose a scene to have a go at drawing/painting/doodling!

Bring some paper and your pens, pencils or paints. The event will be held via Zoom – 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!


*PREVIOUS EVENT* Thursday 23rd July - 7.30pm Open House - With Maisie Violet Rees

Pop the kettle on, or grab a G&T and settle in for a tour around this inspiring home. Maisie will be opening her door to LWD and sharing her tips, tricks and hacks to inspire your own interior projects, as well as sharing her story and creative inspirations.

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

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

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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!

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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.

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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.

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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.

*PREVIOUS EVENT* Thu 6 - Sat 20 June 2019 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.

*PREVIOUS EVENT* Thu 2 May 2019, 6-8pm Hot Type

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

*PREVIOUS EVENT* 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.

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.

AIGA: Diversity and Inclusion in Design. Why do they matter?
Happy International Men's Day Fellas
Gender Disparities in the Design Field
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?
There are fewer women on FTSE 100 boards than there are men called John

LWD Birmingham is co-hosted by two white women.

We are well aware that we need to constantly be educating ourselves about how we can take action on equality and challenge racism in all its forms. Within our network we aim to support and amplify those who identify as women and speak up about their creative talent through inclusive meet-ups and events. Our mission is to push for an industry that is truly equal and free of prejudice of all kinds, that promotes and celebrates the magic that true diversity brings to ideas, to culture and to community.

But we know we can do better. We need to be even more proactive to ensure we have black women and women of colour at every event, on every panel and included in every conversation. We ask you to join us and help us to find and share resources, opportunities and links, introduce yourself or introduce us to other black artists, makers and creatives who we can feature and help to share these stories on this platform and at our events.

Our learnings have started with these resources and links below. It is by no means an exhaustive list but we hope it will help those within our network to understand how we can start to act decisively and create change. If you think we have missed anything important, please let us know. Thank you Lindsay & Lisa x