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 Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will 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.

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. 

Criccieth

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.

Some of their many creative initiatives included 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 stories, place names and local history and traditions.

Overall, the projects have been a catalyst for many individuals to restart creative activity after many years of not doing so.

"The pandemic had a profound effect on Criccieth, disrupting its economic base and exacerbating issues of isolation and communal stress. Creative Criccieth has been a community effort, drawing on talents from across the generations and from all the districts of the town." Catrin Jones, Cricieth Creadigol Creative Criccieth

Learn more about Cricieth Creadigol Creative Criccieth

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