CHWA 2021 Climate Award

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.

To meet the judges for this year click here



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.

*Highly Commended*
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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.