Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Each year, we invite creative groups across the UK and Ireland to share their achievements with us, so we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. To see the highlights of last year's ceremony, watch the short video below:










Shortlist

We received lots of wonderful applications for our 2022 Awards and really enjoyed reading about all the things creative groups across the UK and Ireland achieved between September 2021 and September 2022.

It was tough, but we managed to reduce the entries down to a shortlist of 36 wonderful groups. Our judging panels will be meeting in January to pick winners from each nation - and the public has now voted to choose who wins the coveted People's Choice Award. 

The winners of the 2022 Creative Lives Awards will receive their awards at a ceremony in Leeds on 7 March and all the winners will be announced on this page on 8 March 2023.

Judging

Each year, a judging panel is assembled in each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which features Creative Lives staff and trustees, representatives from local stakeholders and previous winners. The panels choose a winner and runner-up from each nation.

Prizes

Winners receive a bespoke award inspired by the region our Awards Ceremony takes place in, a framed certificate, a 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 Award has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably. Plus two representatives from each winning group will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony - which will take place on 7 March 2023 at Aspire in Leeds - with all travel and accommodation paid. 

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 gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet some of our previous winners here. And to see who won last year's Awards, and get a sense of what to expect at our Award ceremony, watch our film captured at Coventry Cathedral here.

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