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. 

Drumgoon Hill Old Graveyard

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

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