Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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

    Learn more about Celf-Able