CHWA 2021 Awards - Practising Well

Practising Well in collaboration with Nicola Naismith

The Practising Well Shortlist will be revealed soon...

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. 

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. 

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.