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. To see the highlights of last year's ceremony, watch the short video below:










Shortlist

We received lots of wonderful applications for our 2022 Awards and really enjoyed reading about all the things creative groups across the UK and Ireland achieved between September 2021 and September 2022. It was tough, but we managed to reduce the entries down to a shortlist of 36 groups. Our judging panels will be meeting in January to pick winners from each nation - but now it's up to YOU to choose who wins the coveted People's Choice Award. Read the shortlist and vote for your favourite now! 

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.

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 - which will take place on 7 March 2023 at Aspire in Leeds - 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. 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.

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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