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 Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will 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.

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. 

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

Learn more about Art For All

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