CHWA 2020 Awards

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We are excited to announce our first ever annual awards for the CHWA 2020 Conference taking place in Derby on 19-20th March 2020. Working with our award partners, we aim to showcase good practice and people who are leading the way in creating a culture of care for each other, their communities and the world.

Here are the award categories, linked to our core themes of the conference: partnerships ( caring economies), practitioner wellbeing and climate change.

Collective Power Award in partnership with Ideas Alliance

The need to work collaboratively and share resources and knowledge to address both local and national challenges is clear. This award aims to recognise a project or programme in which partnership working has improved the health and wellbeing of individuals or communities. In collaboration with the Ideas Alliance, we are looking for inspiring projects or programmes that have brought together different fields. Submissions must involve culture or the arts, and they must engage with health, care or wellbeing but the partnership might also involve organisations or individuals engaged with activism, education, social justice or any other relevant sectors to bring about change. The key is meaningful partnership across different fields or disciplines. As part of this award, all shortlisted projects will be showcased nationally by the Ideas Alliance on their online Ideas Hub, as well as the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, to share good practice and champion a range of exciting initiatives from across the country.

Confirmed Judges: Rich Driffield (Ideas Alliance), Moira Sinclair (Paul Hamlyn Foundation) and Mah Rana (artist/ researcher/ writer/ curator / LENS champion)

Shortlisted Nominations

The Practising Well Award in collaboration with Nicola Naismith

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.

Confirmed Judges: Nicola Naismith, Damian Hebron (Nesta) and Ruth Sapsed (Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Lived Experience Network)

Shortlisted Nominations

Climate Award in partnership with Happy Museums and Culture Declares Emergency

We are joining forces with the Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency to celebrate the culture, health and wellbeing sector’s progressive work to address climate change and inspire future action. This award aims to recognise the innovation and impact of a project or programme that is leading by example in caring for people, place and planet and responding to the threat of environmental and ecological emergency.  Drawing on principles from the Happy Museum Project and the Culture Declares Emergency movement, we are looking to hear from projects/organisations that are recognising the connection between climate, health and creativity/cultureSubmissions could include projects that link mental health, climate justice and creativity, for example - or challenge air pollution in a cultural setting. They might be about building “safe and brave places”, grassroots movements or internal campaigns that are raising awareness, or organisations instigating systemic changes in approaches to procurement, commissioning and selection of work and resources.

Confirmed Judges: Hilary Jennings (Happy Museum) and Tony Butler (Derby Museums)

Shortlisted Nominations

Winners will be announced at the evening event of the CHWA 2020 Conference: A Culture of Care on Thursday 19 March 2020 and further promoted on the CHWA websites and networks.

Shortlised Collective Power Awards will also be showcased nationally by the Ideas Alliance on their online Ideas Hub.



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