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.

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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