Idle Women build tangible, sustainable spaces and resources that are the result of long-term collaboration with women of all abilities.

Power Tools

As well as physical locations, space for women can be made online.

Power Tools is a series of household DIY videos – made by women, for women – that launched in 2019.

These fun and concise instructional videos repopulate a YouTube genre with women and girls, both trades professionals and those approaching the task for the first time.

NB Selina Cooper

Selina Cooper is a narrowboat conceived, designed and built by women.

55ft long, with no motor, ‘NB Selina Cooper’ launched in Burnley on the Leeds to Liverpool canal on International Women’s Day, 2016.

Since then, it has provided a residential base for visiting artists and practitioners and has hosted workshops for up to 12 women at a time.

Boat build
Dina on the dismantled land rover

Land Rover Project

Deconstructing and reconstructing together is a fundamental methodology Idle Women use to create space for women.

Women joined artist Dina Rončević to learn mechanics and completely dismantle a Land Rover Defender as part of the project Helen from 2017 until 2019.

All Building projects

Banner Culture

We are very happy to announce that through a new commission supported by Idle Women, Super Slow Way,  Mid Pennine Arts and workshops with women from

Power Tools lead image

Power Tools

Building Tutorials for Every Woman

Wast choir image


Helen is a multi faceted project supported by Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Award