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.

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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.

Criccieth

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