A Culture of Care: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance national conference 2020

Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:00 AM - Friday, 20 March 2020 4:30 PM GST

Derby Museums and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, East Midlands, DE1 1BS, United Kingdom

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:00 AM - Friday, 20 March 2020 4:30 PM GST

The Wardwick (formerly the Derby Central Library), Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Derby, East Midlands, DE1 1BS, United Kingdom.

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!





We are excited to announce that this year's national Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance conference will be held on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020 at Derby Museum. Our theme will be Care: care for one another (participants, practitioners, commissioners); care for the environment; and caring economies.


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) andThanh 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.


Responding to feedback from the CHWA2019, we are planning a different kind of conference experience. The programme will feature interactive panels, rather than keynotes, and opportunities for delegates to engage in conversations around the key themes and concerns that are impacting our daily work, the sector and society as a whole.


A timetable is available here


Information on coronavirus and the conferece 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 1 of the conference (Thursday 19 March) and further promoted on the CHWA websites and networks.


To find out more about the CHWA 2020 Awards and apply, please click HERE




  • We are offering limited Early Bird Tickets on two day tickets until 5pm on January 31st, 2020
  • Ticket sales will close on 6th March 2020.
  • Maximum capacity for the conference: 200 delegates per day, including staff and speakers.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to refund or cancel tickets once purchased.


Bursaries and Free Spaces


Working with the Art Development team at Derby City Council we can offer ten free spaces for creative practitioners and carers based in Derby. Please visit this page to apply. We are hoping to secure additional bursary support focusing on practitioners and carers in the East Midlands - watch this space.



Additional Information

For more detailed information about the venue, parking, hotel accommodation and what to bring with you, please download our Delegate Information pack.


For more background reading and listening, please head to the #CHWA2020 webpage .

Follow us on CHWA Twitter, Instagram & #CHWA2020



Thank you to all of our event partners:

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Cancellation policy

Cancellations cannot be accepted after the 6th of March, 2020. 


Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance


The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a national sector support organisation who represents everyone who believes that access to creative and cultural participation transforms health and wellbeing.

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About Derbyshire County Council

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About The University of Derby

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