CHWA 2021 Awards Shortlist: Climate

In 2020 the world faced the realities of three emergencies which threaten the wellbeing of people, place and planet. A global pandemic that has revealed growing global and local inequalities – including the impacts of racism on our health as a society and as individuals – and a climate and ecological emergency. These cannot be seen as separate concerns. Health, inequality and climate are interwoven consequences of how we as humans treat each other and the world around us.  

Joining forces with The Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency, we want to shine a light on the people and projects using creativity and culture to address these challenges.  

We are looking for projects/organisations that are recognising the connections between climate, health inequalities and creativity/culture.

Winners will be announced at the CHWA 2021 Awards Ceremony on Friday 23 April 2021, 2.30-3.30pm. 

To book a free ticket to celebrate with us, click here.

To book a ticket for A Culture of Care, CHWA National Conference, 21-23 April, which includes access to the awards ceremony, click here.

Be-Coming Tree

Be-coming Tree is a grassroots initiative producing global Live Art events that focus on participation, collectivity and planetary restoration. Each quarterly event sees artists in different countries simultaneously engaging with the theme/ethos of Be-coming Tree for one hour and live-streaming their action via a shared Zoom screen. Artists gain a sense of connection with nature and community. Audiences experience a multitude of habitats, plus a sense of collective agency due to each ticket they buy including a donation to plant a rainforest tree.

During pandemic this project has offered artists and audiences a relief from isolation via the sense of joining with others over distance, while offering many trapped in urban environments the experience of communion with a plethora of ecosystems across the globe. Be-coming Tree continues to promote mental health and well-being via community, creativity, agency, belonging, collective empowerment and engagement with nature, while actively supporting reforestation

" As a small group near the start of our grassroots’ journey we feel really excited and honoured to gain this recognition. Collectivity, climate justice, well-being for both human and non-human life and creativity are at the heart of our project. We believe this award will expand our reach and impact, increasing Be-coming Tree’s contribution to tropical reforestation, to participants’ sense of self empowerment and  to artists’ and audiences’ sense of well-being."


HOME- Carbon Literacy Training: Remote Delivery

HOME is committed to positive climate action through collaborative and innovative practices, with sustainability embedded into the heart of our organisation, its operations and programming. Our Carbon Literacy training joins the dots between knowledge exchange, carbon awareness, climate and social justice, health and wellbeing. Our ever-evolving learning supports the cultural ecology of our sector to engage with and embed carbon reduction and behaviour change strategies, advocating for an equitable, green future for people and planet.

We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for CHWA’s Climate Award for our ongoing commitments to enact carbon reduction practices and advocate sustainable change within our own organisation and beyond. The nomination recognises that through our Carbon Literacy training HOME is fostering, connecting, and amplifying climate action through partnerships, collective responsibility, awareness and accountability.

Cody Dock, Gasworks Dock Partnership

Projects at Cody Dock funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund (DEFRA, Natural England, Environment Agency and Heritage Lottery Fund, TNL Community Fund and UnLTD work towards the development of a sustainable community space and establishing Cody Dock as a flagship centre for community led citizen science and academic ecology studies, providing employment, volunteering and, internship opportunities.

The project will deliver extensive habitat creation, restoration, climate change mitigation and clean-up programs celebrating and nurturing at risk wildlife habitats. Reactivation of our disused dock transforming it into a sustainable working heritage and environmental asset, creating opportunities for community cohesion, engagement and work. Climate change mitigation is a priority in the development of our site - installation of green roofs on upcycled shipping containers, carbon negative community centre.

" It is a wonderful surprise and great start to the spring to be nominated for the 2021 Climate Award. Gasworks Dock Partnership’s plan for Cody Dock has always aimed to address climate and health issues within the local community, whether it be outdoor education, protecting our environment, or just providing opportunities to get out and active. We are honoured to be recognised, our funders will be so pleased to know that the work they support has been considered!"

Collaborate, Cartwheel Arts

Cartwheel Arts promotes social inclusion, cohesion, diversity and regeneration through community participation in vibrant, innovative, high-quality arts projects. Collaborate, the project for which we have been shortlisted, supported artists to keep creative during the pandemic whilst raising awareness about the climate emergency. Through an exciting array of video, audio, painting, print, poetry, puppetry and even vegetable growing, we commissioned 10 artists to create thought provoking pieces. They explored environmental issues including; sustainability in the clothing industry, creative ways to recycle; home grown food; our carbon footprint; nature and endangered animals; as well as giving local perspectives a platform.

Collaborate was inspired by the new ways in which we are connecting from a distance, pairing up the artists to work together and share skills using video calls, distanced workshops and walks. We hoped that facilitating creative sharing and learning would spark joy and new ideas.

" We are excited, and surprised, to be shortlisted at the CHWA 2021 Awards in the Climate category. It was important to offer our freelance artists the opportunity to address the climate emergency even as we immersed ourselves in the community response to COVID. Doing so collaboratively was vital because co-operation is key to tackling both emergencies, linking movements, creating striking images, winning support from diverse communities and driving change. Delighted that the panel saw value in the work." 

Rick Walker, Director

The Isthmus Project

This project supports the 1st R&D phase for a new tabletop game (with an additional virtual version) about the systems that control access to land in England, played at home. We will produce a discussion and learning tool: giving audiences the knowledge and tools to understand and reimagine a confusing and overwhelming system.

We’re initially aiming to engage young adults who are disenfranchised by a system they are learning to navigate. We will use systems mapping and modelling to develop a transferable methodology with participating experts, examining the possibilities of gameplay as imaginative discussion through a cross-sector creative process: culminating in the game and a report on the possibilities and limitations of the process.

" We are really excited to have our work nominated for this award. We hope that the exposure this brings us will also bring interest and excitement for the game we are making and opportunities to help us continue working.

This project will raise awareness and discussion around national priorities. With COP26 happening here in November, there is a noticeable frenzy to get insights from groups that aren't the usual suspects.

We will leverage our network’s connections to take fresh insights to influential decision-makers and influencers as well as communities. Long term, we plan for the project to be part of a wider creative program to engage people in environmental policy development."

Wellbeing Pathfinders, North Bristol NHS Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust boasts a major acute teaching hospital and centre of excellence with over 8000 staff. The culture at North Bristol NHS Trust can be reflected in our core values: putting the patient first, working well together, recognising the person and striving for excellence.

The unique and vibrant culture at our Trust is championed by the Sustainability, Fresh Arts and Health and Wellbeing teams, whom through collaboration, used the transformative power of the arts and nature to simultaneously engage people with the importance of our green and blue spaces at Southmead Hospital and improve the wellbeing of staff, patients and the local community.

Through the Wellbeing Pathfinders project and our wider work on climate change adaptation, the Trust has demonstrated the inextricable link between human health and the environment.

“ When family visits have been allowed, being able to point them in the direction of a route for fresh air and mental battery recharge has been really useful. I have equally passed the route information onto colleagues when they have needed the same, which we all have at different times. It has been a really useful resource and the best is still to come. This nomination recognises the resilience and commitment of NBT in the face of a challenging year.” 

Clare Waggett, Senior Improvement Practitioner.