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 them 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 shortlist is now online. Read all about them and vote for your favourite!

    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!


    Winners of the 2021 Wales Creative Lives Award, multi-art project Creative Criccieth are from the seaside town of the same name. In response to the pandemic, the community engaged with a series of projects including the creation of the Criccieth Gown of Poppies made of 5,000 poppies, and designed Friendship Benches for intergenerational connection.

    On winning their award, Catrin Jones from Creative Criccieth said: 

    “I am so proud that we responded to the challenges imposed by Covid-19 with compassion, energy and vision. We reached out, through varied creative projects to involve hundreds in the community, drawing on talents from across the generations and from all the districts of the town, contributing to people’s well-being and quality of life. The response from individuals and community groups to our varied imaginative projects have been fantastic.”

    About the group

    Criccieth is a small, bilingual, seaside town on the coast of north-west Wales. In response to the pandemic, the community was encouraged to get creative through a series of imaginative voluntary-led projects.

    Notable creative initiatives were the Criccieth Gown of Poppies, using 5,000 poppies created by over 150 volunteers; the Criccieth Town Map, an artistic bilingual map; and Friendship Benches, in which town benches were repainted using intricate designs based on place names and local traditions. Pont yr Enfys on the Ty’n Rhos Estate is a striking large-scale installation inspired by an eight year-old boy and involving hundreds of people painting brightly coloured stones. In addition, the townscape was further improved by the creation of the Cae Crwn community garden and by the extensive planting of flowers and edible plants by the volunteers of Criccieth in Bloom.

    These projects have been a catalyst for very many individuals in the community to kickstart creative activity.

    Learn more about Cricieth Creadigol / Creative Criccieth

    Learn more about the winners and runners-up of the Creative Lives Awards 2021