The Women's Art Activation System is an artist collective, designing processes and hosting events to support and facilitate

Current Projects

We are thrilled to have been awarded funding by the Midcounties Cooperative Fund to deliver a series of workshops for women in pregnancy. 

We will be working with midwives in the Stonehouse area to provide space for women to connect with other mothers-to-be and try out some creative ideas. 

The group begins on Monday 21 October. We will meet from 11am-1pm at Stonehouse Scout Hut.

Do join us - email and let us know if you are interested.  We look forward to meeting you! 


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 society at large, the

WAAS  develop systems for the activation of women’s art in many different settings.

The BFTVOA will be seeking to travel to New York to ensure validated Art is being presented at Frieze 2020.

You can support our mission here

The WAAS were selected as part of a cohort of 9 social practice projects to take part in a mentoring scheme with Kickstarter and Social Art Network. We are attempting to send the Bureau to Frieze NY to raise questions around who holds the power to create validation and acceptance, and how it is distributed, in art and the world at large.


We have some great rewards for activating women's art, and validating work, so do take a look and share with your connections.


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 artist using a wide range of platforms and media to create participatory works. A founding member of the WAAS, her work explores how rituals and customs affect us and how we can update and modify them to work better.

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.


At the WAAS Headquarters in Stroud, Glos. or online. Book your activation session through our Kickstarter campaign 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.