Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies*, Wine** &
Design, Manchester

A conversation series
by Jessica Walsh, hosted by Danielle Gaboury and Dani Molyneux

A salon night held monthly usually limited to small groups, in a Manchester city centre venue. 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. Evenings might include special guest hosts, workshops, or studio visits. If you are a student or creative and would like to join or are interested in updates please join our mailing list. Events are free and reservations are first come, first served. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram and drop us a line at

*The event welcomes those who define themselves as female or non-binary. **The aim of each event is to be a laid back catch up over a coffee, tea or a glass of wine/beer – whatever takes your fancy.

2019 Coming soon…

We're taking a break to plan a programme of conversations and events in 2019. Sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date :-)

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Wed 7 November, Accelerate Places An introduction to commercial semiotics with Join the Dots

We'll be collaborating with Join the Dots to host a workshop session 'Communicating feminism through design – an introduction to commercial semiotics'.

Free tickets and more details available now at Eventbrite

[PREVIOUS EVENT] October 19th Design Manchester 2018, The Bridgewater Hall

We'll be running two conversation sessions:
1. Developing a Style with illustrator and printmaker Aleesha Nandhra & paper artist Helen Musselwhite.
2. Creating Communities with Jane Bowyer, curator of Women in Print, Kiara Mohammed, director of Black Flowers and Amber Akaunu & Fauziya Johnson. Co-Founders of ROOT-ed Zine. Design Manchester Tickets available at Our sessions will be open to anyone attending the conference.

[PREVIOUS EVENT September Chatting freelancing with Studio Dotto

A chat about the ups, downs and a few tips thrown in about freelancing versus creative agency life. Over a brew or a wine in the Dotto studio with Dani M.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Wed August 29th, 6.30pm A Conversation with the Creators of Fresh Magazine

We're catching up with Katie Jones, Hasseena Ali, Lauren Goldsby and Paulina Zawadzka who created Fresh Mag after becoming frustrated with the lack of ethnic diversity within the arts. Join us for a chat with them to discuss how we can use our practice and our actions to make change.

Tickets are free but limited spaces. To register email us at

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Thu 28 June 2018 A studio insight evening with Design By Day

A conversation about the ups and downs of running a studio with Angela Roche, founder and CD of Design By Day.

Limited to 12 people. RSVPs opening soon

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Thu 31 May 2018 A Spring Fling Thing collab with CIA

We're joining forces with CIA for a Spring Fling. Basically a bit of a bash – a chance to get more people along, catch up with old friends and meet a bunch of lovely new people. Build up your network and create some of your own collaborations.

To register visit Eventbrite:

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Tue 24 April 2018, 6pm-9pm An evening of portfolio reviews

We'll be joined by a suite of fabulous Creative Directors and industry experts for a relaxed evening of portfolio reviews. For students, graduates or any creatives looking for a bit of direction or advice.
Specialisms with include: Graphic Design / Branding / Advertising & Marketing / Illustration / Photography / Interior Design

To register visit Eventbrite:

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest Host Social: Wed 28 March, 7pm Changing Directions in Design

An evening with special guest, Eve Warren—a graphic designer known for her colourful and expressive work. We'll be chatting about changing directions and specialisms and the challenges that can bring.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Expert workshop: Wed Feb 28 2018, 7pm The building blocks of Behaviour Design

A workshop with behaviour design studio Dura. We introduce behaviour design and some of the tools we use to design behaviour. Behaviour design brings the insights of how people think and how people act to where it is needed most – to products and services used by people. Sign up to the mailing list to hear first when places are available.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest host social: Thu Jan 25 2018, 7pm The Art of Self Promotion

An evening with special guest, Katy Cowan, founding editor of Creative Boom—an online magazine that celebrates, inspires and supports the creative community. Pick Katy's brains for tips on how to put yourself out there without any fear. Bring along any personal promo items for discussion or just bring yourself. 

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest host social: Tue Nov 14 2017, 7pm Ideas and Inspiration

An evening discussing ideas and inspiration with our special guest, paper artist Helen Musselwhite over wine and nibbles. Limited to 8 guests. Sign up to the mailing list to hear first when places are available.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Mar 16 2017, 7pm Chit Chat

Come with any general life or work questions or conversations you are interested in, and lets have an open discussion about them!

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Social: Wed Oct 11 2017, 7pm MIX & MCR

An LWD social. Meet other creative women. Make connections, share ideas and start collaborations. We'll be discussing our upcoming programme of workshops and salons so come along with any suggestions and ambitions.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work.

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, I find the people I'm inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few women I've admired, worked with, or had my eye on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list.