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

Power Tools

Building Tutorials for Every Woman

14 DIY films made by with and for women available on You tube and the Power Tools website. 

Take a look at the toolkit to create your own power tools film to add to the collection.

NB Selina Cooper

Conceived designed and built by Idle Women in collaboration with Humraaz Support Services in 2016, launched on International Womens Day in Burnley.

Initiated to the water with a two year tour of towns along the canal in Lancashire and West Yorkshire hosting an artist-in-residence programme  and welcoming aboard over 1800 women with the support of Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund

The boat now permanently moored in Nelson provides residential space invited practitioners, retreat space for hire or skill exchange and floating workshops space.

Boat build
Dina on the dismantled land rover
Land Rover Project by Dina Rončević,Idle Women March 2019 Photo: CJGriffiths

Land Rover Project

Between Sept 2017-2019 artist Dina Rončević created a mechanics and welding workshop in a dedicated workshop in the IWI, St Helens. Women joined her to explore mechanics and completely dismantle a Landrover Defender, to consolidate the project Dina taught women 1:1 MIG welding workshops to construct metal structures from the debris.

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