The Practising Well Conversation Series with Nicola Naismith

Nicola Naismith’s new research ‘Practising Well Conversations and Support Menu’ explores the working conditions for creative practitioners.

Nicola Naismith’s new research Practising Well Conversations and Support Menu published in January 2022 explores the working conditions for creative practitioners.

Her central research question for this report is:

  • What are the key challenges to mainstreaming the ‘affective support’ conversation within participatory arts?

This central question was supported by three areas of investigation. Firstly, what evidence-based information is needed to facilitate conversations around affective support between the stakeholders of this work? Secondly, when should these conversations within the various project models take place? Thirdly, how is affective support to be resourced, and who has responsibility for this? In addition to exploring these questions Nicola has included an updated glossary to aid a shared understanding of common terms.

In the literature review Nicola explores Wellbeing at Work, Precarity and Needs, Reflective Practice in People-orientated professions, Types and Methods of Affective support, and a range of associated materials. A combination of focus groups and semi-structured interviews lead Nicola to discussions that explore the impact of isolation and precarity, the symbiotic relationship between instrumental and affective support, the role of consultation and choice and an awareness of barriers to accessing affective support. Nicola makes eight recommendations under the following headings: Supporting, Promoting, Collaborating, Planning, Learning, Guiding, Evaluating and Developing.

Nicola invites you to:

  1. Read the research: Full report, summary or view a slide presentation
  2. Send Nicola an email with your thoughts and reflections on the research, or connect with Nicola
  3. Book onto one or more of the free Practising Well Conversation events in February / March delivered in collaboration with the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance –


External Link

Read the research

Research includes full report, summary and slide presentation


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