Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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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