Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Each year, we invite creative groups across the UK and Ireland to share their achievements with us, so we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

If your group did something really special between September 2021 and September 2022, and voluntary participants played a key role in both planning and delivery, then fill out the online application form here or download a Word version here

To learn more about the Awards, watch our ‘explainer video’ here:





And to see who won last year's Awards, and get a sense of what to expect at our Award ceremony, watch our film captured at Coventry Cathedral here.

Before filling out your form, it's worth checking out the Rules & Guidelines for entering the Awards. And you might like to read our FAQs.

Judging

Each year, a judging panel is assembled in each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which features Creative Lives staff and trustees, representatives from local stakeholders and previous winners. The panels choose a winner and runner-up from each nation.

All shortlisted groups can also receive votes from the public in order to win the People’s Choice Award. This is voted for online via the Creative Lives website. And all shortlisted groups are also invited to vote for one of the groups (not their own!) to win the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners receive a bespoke award inspired by the region our Awards Ceremony takes place in, a framed certificate, a 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 Award has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably. Plus two representatives from each winning group will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony, with all travel and accommodation paid. 

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 gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet some of our previous winners here.

You can enter the Creative Lives Awards here until Monday 19 December 2022.

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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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