CHWA 2021 Practising Well Award


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 invited 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.

To meet the judges for this year click here

Kazzum Arts are an Arts and Health Charity

Kazzum Arts are an Arts and Health charity for Children and Young People. Our trauma-informed projects support creativity to flourish within hospitals, refugee settings, PRU’s, schools and online. 

We recognise the risks that our workforce face and so offer therapeutic opportunities for our Staff team, freelance Artists and Trustees to develop and embed practical approaches when stewarding trauma.  We employ registered psychotherapists to conduct group and individual Reflective Practice sessions, use coaching techniques across the organisation and provide access to an EAP for our workforce and their households too. 

Thriving Facilitators nominated by Ally Walsh

Thriving Facilitators is an online practice that operates on a few different levels of accessibility: with a free support group with challenges (ranging from imposter syndrome to thriving) to a membership community of professional practitioners at all career stages. Dr Sheila Preston (founder) hosts group discussions, book club sessions and supervision sessions and holds accountability structures for the members to engage in reflexive practice.

Soundcastle, Sarah Hickson

Soundcastle nominated by Caoimhe de Paor

Practitioner wellbeing is at the heart of Soundcastle culture. We support our team in navigating their work in complex settings by holding paid spaces for reflective practice around all programme delivery and making sure a member of our co-director/ coaching team is always available. We offer sessions with an external supervisor to further support wellbeing and personal development and advocate across the sector for this important role. We host The Soundcastle Community - a free online membership space in which community musicians are safe to be vulnerable and explore their experiences without judgement

Opus Music CIC nominated by Sarah Matthews

OPUS Music is a UK leader in music-making within health and social care, for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of patients and residents, their families and carers, and the healthcare professionals who support them.  We provide Music in Healthcare practice, training for healthcare professionals and musicians, and advocacy for the increased use of music within health and social care.

GEM One to One Mentoring Programme nominated by Sarah English (Birmingham Museums)

Described as a “beacon of light during lockdown”, GEM (Group for Education in Museums aims to support and empower our community of colleagues to connect and develop their knowledge and skills to deliver learning.

In 2020 and continuing into 2021, GEM has provided support to over 100 museum and heritage professionals through the introduction of the One to One Mentoring Programme. Additionally, GEM has been able to upskill the sector by offering training opportunities to 3,254 participants compared with 368 the year before.

Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust nominated by Sophie Dunn (Live Music Now)

Fresh Arts is the arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust. Their vision is to harness the power of creativity and the arts, making a positive difference to patients, visitors and staff.

Fresh Arts output is structured across four pillars of activity; Arts on Referral, Arts on Wards, Visual Arts & Exhibitions and Live Music, with a foundation built on addressing staff wellbeing, strengthening and informing every element of our practice.

Fresh Arts's high quality, collaborative and engaging programme boosts health and wellbeing, putting the hospital at the heart of its communities.ww