Sector Opportunities

CHWA 2020 Awards

The first ever CHWA annual awards will take place at the CHWA 2020 Conference in Derby on 19-20th March 2020. Working with award partners, CHWA aims 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.

Submission Deadline: 5pm Monday 24th February 2020


Hubbub Theatre Company / Chris Webb Photography




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

Climate Award

In partnership with Happy Museums and Climate Declares Emergency

CHWA is joining forces with the Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency to celebrate the 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 creatively engaging in ways to tell the truth, take action and commit to justice for all. Submissions could include participative projects creating “safe and brave places” to support people in the face of the emergency, 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)

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) and Moira Sinclair (Paul Hamlyn Foundation)


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)

Notes for Applicants

  • Projects or programmes need to be based in the UK and to have taken place in the last two years.
  • Projects or programmes can be ongoing but need to be able to demonstrate impact or change.
  • Shortlisted applicants will receive discounted ticket rates. If tickets are purchased prior to announcement, money will be reimbursed.
  • There will be four shortlisted projects and one winner for each of the three awards.
  • The awards are an opportunity to showcase your work nationally. CHWA will be promoting and celebrating all shortlisted nominations and winners in the CHWA Bulletin (February and March 2020) and the shortlisted entries will be published on their website and via their social media channels.
  • Shortlised Collective Power Awards will also be showcased nationally by the Ideas Alliance on their online Ideas Hub.


Important Dates for Applicants:

Submission deadline is 5pm on Monday 24th February 2020. Please email the completed application forms (downloadable from the links above) to

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Alliance shortly after and projects will be published on the CHWA website.

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.

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