A Culture of Care: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance national conference 21-23 April 2021

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

Our national conference will be held online across 3 days, 21-23 April 2021, ending with the  celebratory CHWA 2021 Awards Gathering.

Our core theme of care includes caring for each other, caring for the environment and caring economies. 

We will be delving into conversations about the big topics that have been amplified by Covid-19, including practitioner support and grappling with the sector’s role in challenging health inequalities, reflecting on how we can work more collaboratively and more intersectionally to address the multiple emergencies we face; a global health pandemic, the climate and ecological emergency, and rising inequality.


You can find tickets on eventbrite here.

We know that it has been a challenging year for everyone in our sector. In response, we have simplified our ticket offer and set our ticket prices at a lower rate. There is one ticket option, with three different fees. We ask that people select a ticket option that best reflects their circumstances.

Shared Tickets

If you are unable to attend the whole event, you are welcome to share your ticket with one other attendee. Using the same email address (that is used to register the ticket), two different delegates can attend at alternative times throughout the conference.

We are offering 30 bursaries to people who would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial constraints. 

To find out more and apply, please click here.

Programme details

As many of you know, our cancelled 2020 conference was scheduled to be held in and around Derby. Although we’ve moved into a virtual space, we want to shine a spotlight on the great practice happening in the East Midllands, including virtual visits and performances from Baby People, Hubbub Theatre Company, Air Arts and Derby Museums and more…

Confirmed panellists include: Esther Fox (Accentuate); John McMahon (Arts Council England); Prof Helen Chatterjee (UCL), Farhana Yamin (Think & Do Camden), Farah Ahmed (Julie's Bicycle), Hilary Jennings (Happy Museum), Baby J (Baby People), Suzy Wilson (Clod Ensemble/Performing Medicine), Kirsty Stansfield (Tracing Autonomy)...

A full programe will be published here soon.

Notes on the Airmeet Platform

The event will be held on the Airmeet. No app is required, but attendees will need to use Google Chrome to access this event.

We will be in touch closer to the time with access links and information on how to best make use of the networking opportunities the platform has to offer. We will also be opening the event earlier on each day to enable attendees to test out the platform and provide technical support, before the conference activities begin.

Access Requirements

We will be providing captioning for all panels. If you have any other access requirements, please do contact the CHWA Team on info@culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk.

2020 Delegates

We are in contact with existing delegates booked to attend the March 2020 conference via both Eventzilla and our email accounts.

Please contact us at info@culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk, if you have a ticket for the original conference and haven't yet received this information.

Thank you

Thank you as ever to all of our conference partners: Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, Arts Derbyshire, Derby Museums, QUAD, Baby People, Air Arts, The LENs, Hubbub Theatre, Antony Fisher Photography, Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust and the Royal Society for Public Health. Thank you, too, to Arts Council England for their support for our work and this conference.

Spring/summer 2021 - a season of culture, health and wellbeing

Across spring and summer 2021, the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, Arts & Health South West, and London Arts in Health are coming together with many other partners to stage a series of events celebrating the power of creativity and culture to transform our health and wellbeing: 

21-23 April 2021: A Culture of Care: CHWA national conference   

17-24 May 2021: Creativity & Wellbeing Week - a national festival

21-23 June June 2021: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference: a digital conference


THANK YOU to all our conference partners:

Logos for all the conference 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, Hubbub Theatre