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. 

Celf-Able

Celf-Able is a disabled-led inclusive art group, based in Mid Wales. The group started in 2015 as a volunteer-run collective with just four participants, and has since grown to serve over 65 members.

When the pandemic started, Celf-Able, the majority of whose members are in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable categories, couldn't continue with physical meetings so moved to weekly Zoom sessions. Having the online sessions helped the members to feel less isolated, and the group gained new members who could only attend online.

Celf-Able were also able to accommodate members who weren’t able to join the Zoom sessions by sending out art materials so that they can carry on with their art in their own time. The activity has meant that members were able to develop their art skills in different media and techniques, make new links with local artists, and reduce their feelings of anxiety and isolation.

"We are volunteer-run, so we all mucked in trying to work out how to use the technology, and taking it in turn to run an art activity. We find that online meetings work better with a shared activity, whereas at physical meetings we all just do our own thing. We also managed to get grants to invite guest artists to run workshops with us, which has been great as we were running out of activity ideas." Amanda Wells, Celf-Able

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