CHWA 2021 Awards - Practising Well

Practising Well in collaboration with Nicola Naismith

To download your Practising Well application, click here. (Go back to main awards page here.)

Practitioner wellbeing is a recurring concern and priority for us all. Working in collaboration with Nicola Naismith (Artist/Researcher and author of the ‘Artists Practising Well Report), this award aims to focus on practice that is leading the way in championing, delivering and embedding practitioner care into project design, commissioning and management.  

We are inviting artists or museum/heritage practitioners to nominate commissioners, employers, peers or organisations who are supporting practitioners and creating conditions that nurture better wellbeing and enable everyone to practice well. 


Notes for Applicants: 

  • We can accept applications in different formats. Please do contact the CHWA Awards Team at and we can support you in this process. 

  • Projects or programmes need to be based in the UK and we can only accept one application per organisation per award. 

  • At least some of the project / programme needs to have taken place since March 2020 and the national lockdown but we are delighted to accept work that began before and has had to adapt or work that was developed directly in response to the lockdown  

  • Projects or programmes can be ongoing but need to be able to demonstrate impact or change. 

  • There is no cash prize but the awards will be widely publicized via CHWA and our partners’ websites and networks and are an opportunity to showcase your work nationally.   

Important Dates for Applicants: 

Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday 12 February. Please email your appllication to 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Alliance soon after and their projects published on the CHWA website. 

Winners will be announced at an open online event as part of the CHWA 2021 Conference: A Culture of Care on Friday 23 April 2021.  


Nicola Naismith is a Visual Artist with over 20 years experience of working with socially engaged practice. She was the Visual Artist Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2017/18.

Nicola’s work includes residencies and commissioned projects and supporting other artists through mentoring, coaching, teaching and training. She completed an AHRC and Clore Leadership research project Artists Practising Well in Spring 2019 which explores affective support for creative practitioners working in health and wellbeing contexts. Nicola is currently researching a range of reflective practice methods which will be used to inform a support menu and support conversation resource for creative practitioners, commissioners and funders.