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

Current Projects

gallery/square -trial - the baby makers(2)

We recently delivered a series of workshops for women in pregnancy.  These making sessions were to improve wellbeing and connection for women in the Stonehouse area in Gloucestershire. The pilot was possible thanks to  funding by the Midcounties Cooperative Fund. Our report is now available and we are actively seeking partners to continue this valuable and necessary work. We are very grateful to midwives in the Stroud District for supporting and participating in the sessions.

Email  if you would like to see the report and/or to work with us.


At the WAAS Headquarters in Stroud, Glos. or online. Book your activation session via email 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 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 London in October  to ensure validated Art is being presented at Frieze 2020.

The Bureau is available to attend any purported Art presentation to perform Validations. Please contac if your space or venue is presenting work that requires Validation.

The Bureau has performed Validations at Art Licks London, 2018 and Social Works? Live in Manchester 2019 .


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.