The Women's Art Activation System is an artist collective, designing processes and hosting events to support and facilitate arts generated by women. Do get in touch if you would like to have your art activated or would like to activate women's art.

The Bureau for the Validation of Art presented by the WAAS is devised by Sharon Bennett and Sarah Dixon. A validation was carried out with Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn at the Hoe Street CEntral Bank for their artwork 'Bank Job'. The work was found to be valid as Art. VALIDATED


The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS) is an artist collective formed in December 2016 with the aim to support, explore and promote women’s art.

By playfully appropriating models from institutions such as corporate business, government, healthcare, and the military, The WAAS seeks to develop systems for the activation of women’s art that can be applied in many different cultural, temporal and physical settings.

Principal Artists

Sharon Bennett is a socially engaged artist. Working collaboratively with community groups, artists or family and friends she blurs the boundaries between the traditional positions of artist, artwork and audience. Bennett was recently Artist in Residence at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, is co-founder of Croshare and a founding member of The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS).

Sarah Dixon is a socially-engaged conceptual artist using a wide range of platforms and media to create participatory works. A founding member of the WAAS, her work explores how the human social organism functions and evolves both online and IRL. Her work has been shown at the ICA, Oblong Gallery and on a cyberbus in Moscow. Dixon is a current recipient of an AN mentoring award.

WAAS Events


At the WAAS Headquarters in Stroud, Glos. from 11am-3pm. Book your activation session here to get your art idea/project/practice off the ground or up into the clouds...WAAS artists will be supporting you with coaching questions, ideas, contacts, feedback...whatever works for you.


The BFTVOA will be performing Validations on Sunday May 19th. Book your Validation here.


Social Works? Live

Manchester 26 April 2019

The BFTVOA validated artworks at the Axisweb Social Works? Live event.

Art Licks Weekend 4-7 October 2018 'Peripheries'

The WAAS presented themselves as Officials from the Bureau for the Validation of Art and performed a total of 11 validations of art, with support from sponsors via a Crowdfunder campaign. 

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