A Culture of Care: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance national conference

A young man and a woman look at an object together in Derby Museum
Derby Museums. Photographer David Edge.

Care for each other, care for the environment, and caring economies

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.

Book your tickets here 

The full programme is available here

Information on coronavirus is here


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

Care for the environment

Caring economies


THANK YOU to all our conference partners:

logos for all partners:  Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, Air Arts, Arts Derbyshire, Derby Museums, Quad, Baby People, the LENS, the Royal Society for Public Health, Anthony Fisher Photography