CHWA2020 coronavirus update
With great reluctance, we have decided to postpone the #CHWA2020 conference. After discussions with our Board and colleagues in a variety of organisations over the last 24 hours, and we realise that encouraging people to travel and gather may be putting our delegates and speakers in a difficult position – particularly given that many of those attending may either be vulnerable to infection themselves, or be carers or health workers.
We are working on plans to re-stage the conference at Derby Museums at a later date, and also hope to arrange a series of digital events across the coming months. (If you have booked a ticket you should have received an email from us via Eventzilla but if not please do contact us for more information.)
Since we will not be able to do this next week, we would like to publicly acknowledge the enormous help and support we have had from all of our conference partners: Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, Arts Derbyshire, Derby Museums, QUAD, Baby People, Air Arts, LENS, Antony Fisher Photography and the Royal Society for Public Health. Thank you, too, to Arts Council England for their support for our work and this conference.
Our CHWA2020 Awards are currently in the process of being judged and we will arrange for an alternative way of celebrating the shortlists and winners as soon as possible. We will make further announcements as soon as a plan is in place!
Hot on the heels of Arts Council England’s new strategic focus on health and wellbeing, the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance is holding its national conference, A Culture of Care, at Derby Museum on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020. The conference will be addressing
- Partnership building that brings together health, culture, creativity, and social change
- Support for practitioners at a time when many report burnout and fatigue
- The connections between climate, health and culture and creativity
- How culture and creativity intersect with health inequalities ten years on from the Marmot Review
Confirmed panellists include Lord Howarth of Newport (president of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance), Esme Ward (Manchester Museums), Gregor Henderson, Public Health England, Ian Solomon-Kawall (May Project Gardens), Zena Edwards (poet/ arts activist), Daniel Regan (Freespace Gallery/Arts & Health Hub), Alistair Gentry (Unlimited), Dr Guddi Singh (paediatrician/ health campaigner/ TV broadcaster), Joy Francis (Synergi/ Words of Colour) and Thanh Sinden (Museum Detox). We're thrilled that Baby People's Melisma Choir will be performing on day 1 and the Sinfonia Viva Carers' Choir on day 2.
This year we are also hosting our first CHWA awards.
The awards will focus on Climate, Collective Power and Practising Well. 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.
Winners will be announced at an evening event on day one of the conference (Thursday 19 March) and further promoted on the CHWA websites and networks.
To find out more about the CHWA 2020 Awards please click HERE
Some background reading/listening on our themes
Care for each other
- Artists Practising Well, Nicola Naismith
- Arts & Health Hub: A place for artists to connect, learn & share...
Care for the environment
- Our Twitter Chat (October 2019) and follow-up discussion with the Leeds Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network
- Creative Spaces for Nature ("an indispensable guide to the ways in which the creative sector can respond to the biodiversity crisis"), Chiara Badiali for Julie's Bicycle
- Sustaining Great Art & Culture, Julie's Bicycle / ACE report 2018/19 – including 'Stories from the Sector'
- "If we’re serious about changing the world, we need a better kind of economics to do it", Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee for The Guardian
- Ian Solomon-Kawall discusses his work on permaculture
- Jason Hickel on climate, the economy and inequality
THANK YOU to all our conference partners: