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.

Black Box Belfast
Winners of the 2021 Ireland Creative Lives Award, 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

Learn more about Black Box Projects