We are very excited to finally be able to announce the winners and highly commended organisations/projects of the CHWA 2020 Awards. Selected from over 80 exciting applicants from across the country and sector, these examples of practice demonstrate real commitment to nurturing and shaping cultures of care for each other, their communities and the planet.
During rather an uncertain and tiring time, it seemed especially important to create this moment to celebrate their work and remind us all of what can be achieved, to revitalise us and to bring inspiration.
The results were announced live at our virtual CHWA2020 Awards Gathering, Friday 20 November, hosted by Lord Howarth of Newport. You can watch the ceremony here!
We would like to give a big thanks to our award partners, Anna Eaton (Ideas Alliance), Nicola Naismith ( Practising Well) and Hilary Jennings (The Happy Museums Project and Culture Declares Emergency) for their generous spirit of collaboration and hard work behind the scenes to make the award programme happen. Thank you to their fellow award judges, Moira Sinclair, Mah Rana, Damian Hebron, Ruth Sapsed and Tony Butler for their time and insights, too.
To read more about the shortlisted projects please click here
Collective Power in partnership with the Ideas Alliance
"As judges we loved learning about each of the shortlisted projects collaborative efforts. We were truly inspired by the diversity of partnerships. Each project demonstrated what can be achieved when we work together across different disciplines and how much there is to gain when we pool our time, resources, networks, ideas and imaginations. We also know that collaborative working isn’t always easy and takes patience, planning and a real culture of inclusivity so we were really impressed by the scale of the shortlisted partnerships."
Anna Eaton, Ideas Alliance
Ideas Alliance are running a blog series up until Christmas celebrating each of the brilliant projects shortlisted for the Collective Power Award. Read it here.
The Practising Well Award in collaboration with Nicola Naismith
" As a judging panel we were collectively really moved by the evidence of care and support for creative practitioners across all the projects we looked at and discussed. It was noticeable how good practice is evident particularly within music and it was discussed how great it would be to see other art-forms taking up some of the approaches evident in the award shortlist: residential, training, peer to peer mentoring and supervision which take into account both the financial and support needs of creative practitioners.
Freelancers are the most economically vulnerable and if we really want the arts workforce to thrive, it is really important that good quality support, as seen in the Practising Well shortlist, is provided consistently. We hope that practitioner support will continue to evolve and become available to more creative practitioners across all creative disciplines in the near future. "
Nicola Naismith, artist and researcher (Artists Practising Well)
Climate Award in partnership with The Happy Museums Project and Culture Declares Emergency
" We greatly enjoyed reading each of the shortlisted entries, which together demonstrated an incredibly broad range of progressive work in the sector seeking to address climate change and inspire future action. Building on our work at Happy Museum Project and the Culture Declares Emergency, we were excited by projects which were leading by example in caring for people, place and planet and responding to the threat of environmental and ecological emergency. In particular we were excited by holistic approaches that responded across the breadth of organisational activity from facilities management to cultural practice and community engagement."
Hilary Jennings, The Happy Museum Project