Ladies, Wine & Design







We rely solely on volunteers, venue sponsors & community donations to keep our events (mostly) free o'charge & accessible to all. Click here to donate, or get in touch to help out.


Jessica Walsh started LW&D in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why only 3% of women in the creative industry are creative directors or in leadership positions. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing each other's work. We couldn't agree more, and so LW&D (Southampton) was born. We look forward to meeting you lovely creatives soon to wine*, dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life.

We believe that all genders can be allies in our shared goal to #EmpowerWomen, and so, our meetings are gender-inclusive and supportive spaces for all. And as part of our mission to 'leave no creative behind', our events are (mostly) free o'charge (and so's the wine!). We only ask that our guests respect the inclusive atmosphere and continue to engage in discussion, and idea generation, for the promotion of equal opportunities for female-identifying creatives. Booze is entirely optional, you can drink tea, coffee or soft drinks! Any Q's regarding our gender policy, email us.

19th January, 2023 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats #5

Kicking off the New Year with our fifth Chapel Chats. Come along to chat all things creative with local students, professionals & enthusiasts at the stunning Design Chapel. We can't wait to meet you! Get your free tickets here.

15th December, 2022 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats #4

Introducing our 4th ever Chapel Chats. Get your tickets here for a relaxed evening of open conversation with creative students, professionals & enthusiasts, hosted at the glorious Design Chapel. We look forward to meeting you soon!

4th December, 2022 (11am-4pm) Mini Make a Gift Market

We're collaborating with the Design Chapel to host a series of mini gift-making workshops with local makers to get you ready for the festive season. Tickets coming soon!

17th November, 2022 (7-9pm) Weird is The Best

We're excited to be collaborating with Kama Mielczarek (from Weird is The Best) to bring you an exciting & slightly 'weird' workshop. She will be walking us through a series of exercises & drawing techniques that she uses to create her quirky drawings. Get your free tickets here.

27th October, 2022 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats #3

We're exciting to bring you our 3rd Chapel Chats — a relaxed & intimate evening of open conversation for creative students, professionals & enthusiasts, hosted at the stunning Design Chapel. We’d love to see you there! Get your free tickets here.

25th October, 2022 (5-5:30pm) Connecting Creatives

Tune in for a reflective talk from our very own Jazzy Olive, where we’ll be using a series of questions to encourage open conversation, fuel thinking and forge creative connections. A big thanks to the Freelancer Club for inviting us along. Join the talk here.

29th September, 2022 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats #2

Welcoming back Chapel Chats — a relaxed & intimate evening of open conversation for creative students, professionals & enthusiasts, hosted at the stunning Design Chapel. We’ll be bringing our signature Q-cards to inspire conversation & encourage thinking. Get your free tickets here.

17th August, 2022 (7-9pm) Squiggles with Siscribbles

Co-hosted with the wonderful Silvia Scifo, Squiggles with Siscribbles was a free & interactive illustration workshop hosted at the stunning Design Chapel. We embraced 'mistakes' in order to create our unique continuous line faces. Check out the photos here.

15th June, 2022 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats #1

A relaxed and intimate evening of open conversation for creative students, professionals & enthusiasts. Big up The Design Chapel for hosting us!! Wanna see the action? Look here.

4th December, 2021 (10am-5pm) GHT Makers Market

What a joy it was to sponsor the very talented Lydia Marshall at GHT’s festive Christmas market. Lydia’s bag designs are eco-conscious, low-waste, practical and minimalistic! Visit Kettle&Co. to get yours!

16th November, 2021 (6:30-9pm) Woodland Watercolours

A lovely evening spent with brush to paper, exploring strokes and techniques with our lovely guest host Amy Harwood. Check out the antics here.

14th October, 2021 (7-9pm) Tower Talks

A splendid evening, spent with faces old & new, discussing what it means to be a creative of today in an ever-changing world. A huge thanks to GHT for having us, and to all the lovely ladies that joined. Check out the photos here.

22nd May, 2021 (3-6pm) Design Drop-In #3

Our 3rd & final Design Drop-In was a blast! We explored type craft, human-centred apps, and more! Check it out for yourself here.

24th April, 2021 (3-6pm) Design Drop-In #2

We had a lovely time connecting with creatives near & far —discussing project ideas, getting creative feedback & having a laugh! See more of the action here.

27th March, 2021 (3-6pm) Design Drop-In #1

Throughout lockdown, we hosted a series of online Design Drop-Ins. This was the first of 3. It was great to catch-up with our local community of creatives and meet some new faces too. Find out more here.

21st January, 2021 (2:30-4:30pm) CNS Talk

We discussed our LW&D journey so far, how we can use #CollaborationOverCompetition to fuel change and presented our research into how Solent can better support its creative communities as we emerge from lockdown. A huge thanks to CNS for having us, and to the guests for their thoughts & ideas. Find out more here.

30th September, 2020 (5:30-7:30pm) Tiny Talks

Introducing Tiny Talks — our first ever mini-event series, where we talk all things business, life and creativity with the shared goal to listen and support one another. This event was cancelled due to Covid, but we aim to have these sessions back up & running in 2022. Find out more here.

26th February, 2020 (7-9pm) Do you even Design
Manifest-tho?

We partnered with Ross Chapman, Head of Design Sprints at Etch UK to bring an action-packed workshop where we explored how Southampton can better support its creatives. See what we got up to here & here.

18th December, 2019 (4-9pm) Sleigh All Day
Makers Market

A fab turn-out at Southampton's newest co-working space, Network Eagle Labs with our largest guest list to date. Check out all the antics here.

29th October, 2019 (6-9pm) See Ya Laser

What a blast our latest 'See Ya Laser' laser cut a wine box workshop was at the Makers Space! We were so impressed with the designs you lovely ladies created! Check them out here.

27th August, 2019 (6-9pm) Brush Lettering
Workshop

Thank you to those who joined us for a delightful evening of Brush Lettering with the fabulous Marte Vik Eriksen from epletyv. See what we got up to here.

16th May, 2019 (7pm+) Schmooze with Booze

Thank you to all the lovely ladies that joined us to chat all things female and creative at our latest Schmooze with Booze meet & greet event at the stunning Olive. Check out the beautiful faces here.

2nd April, 2019 (7-9pm) Bring & Share
Zine Workshop

Thank you to all the lovely ladies that joined us for wine, pizza and creativity as we explored #CollaborationOverCompetition in our first-ever Bring & Share workshop at Etch UK. Take a peak at the action here.

“Southampton — typically known for its waters and industrial history — is starting to take shape as a creative city. It really feels like we are on the cusp of something exciting and it’s a privilege to be at the forefront of connecting and empowering the incredible creative community who live, work and play here.” — Ruth Irvine (Former Co-Host)

A huge thanks to our sponsors: Barclays, Creative Network South, Design Chapel, Etch, Fenner, Fedrigoni, GHT, Hinge, and You Agency for supporting us creative folk and keeping our chapter alive! If you or your company would like to support our creative community, email us to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

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