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. 

Black Box Belfast
Black Box Projects are created and run for and by people with learning disabilities, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and the Black Box venue in Belfast.

With many members already experiencing isolation prior to the pandemic, lockdown presented a serious challenge, but one that the team were determined to overcome together. Straight away, a programme of remote activities was put in place by the group: 'Creating Connections' every Tuesday afternoon, 'Moon Music' every Thursday afternoon and 'Global Discussion Group' and 'Book Club' once a month.

Other activities through the year focused on mental health and wellbeing, staying safe online, an animation project, a biodiversity project and more. Partnerships with PS2 Belfast, NI Science Festival, University of the Atypical and Libraries NI, among others, helped to bring variety and new expertise to the mix.

All of this provided a vital, regular routine for group members and a sense of order and familiarity in the chaos when a lot of other important services were closed.

"Our volunteers are more confident, creatively innovative and have developed resource skills, demonstrating flexibility and the ability to work well under pressure and despite unprecedented circumstances!" Seonaid Murray, Black Box Projects

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