Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






Judging

Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

Art for All

Pre-pandemic, a local community art group in rural South Norfolk used to meet up regularly. The group was friendly and accessible to people of all ages and abilities who were experiencing social isolation, and participants could take any craft project along to work on whilst enjoying the company of others.

In March 2020, when the group could no longer meet, ‘Art for All’ was born. Using Zoom, and the help of a professional artist volunteering their free time to support the attendees, the project was led by user feedback each week. 

The session supported long-term mental health needs and connected with an art group in the Hebrides, to take advantage of the online possibilities and exchange beyond the immediate community. As lockdown eased, a new project 'Holding Hands' was started across Norfolk: 

"People draw and decorate or add words to an image of their own hands, on a large continuous roll of paper, with each hand touching the last, making a symbolic end to the period when we were discouraged to touch." Pam Spicer, Art For All

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