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 you 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 are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    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!

    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