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.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






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.

Winner of the 2021 People's Choice Award, Drumgoon Hill Old Graveyard committee was set up five years ago, when the local community in County Cavan wanted the overgrown site to be cleaned and maintained. With a newly adapted space and plenty of enthusiasm, several creative projects followed.

During the pandemic, the group embarked on some unusual activities, including ‘Hooley in the House’ which was held as part of the national Culture Night festivities in September 2020. The committee and other local volunteers of all ages recorded footage in Gallonray House in Maudabawn, Cootehill and worked with Tullyvin Musical Society and Maudabawn Macra to put together a night of music, singing and storytelling for the whole community.

The event enabled them to reach new people, develop a range of new skills among the group and experience the sheer joy of working creatively together despite all the restrictions – which provided a major boost for all involved.

"Everyone involved volunteered their time and without them we know it would not have been possible. Although we had to work in a different way due to the challenges Covid posed, we saw it as an opportunity and used it to our advantage, moving the event online and thus reaching more people and making it an even bigger success." Roseabby McGorry, Drumgoon Hill Old Graveyard

Learn more about Drumgoon Hill Old Graveyard