The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 by Voluntary Arts, an organisation that works across the UK and Republic of Ireland to promote participation in creative cultural activities.

Entries for Epic Awards 2020 closed in June 2020 and the shortlist for this year has now been published. Take a look at these inspiring projects in more detail. The winners of the Epic Awards 2019 were announced at an inspiring ceremony in Central Hall, Edinburgh on 3 October 2019. This year, gathering for real life ceremonies is not possible so instead we brought all the glitz and glamour to a huge online gathering on 22 October 2020 to announce all the award winners and celebrate the inspirational work of all those who made the shortlist!

The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities. Voluntary Arts works with local creative cultural groups, voluntary sector organisations, arts councils and local and national government, to help increase opportunities for creative participation – and support those who have already discovered the benefits of taking part.

The voluntary cultural sector is huge, incorporating drama groups, choirs, knitting circles, orchestras, dance troupes, painters, photographers, community arts and much, much more. Over 60,000 voluntary arts groups operate across the UK and Republic of Ireland, and their contribution to lives in their local community cannot be underestimated.

The Epic Awards are here to shine a spotlight on their work, and to inspire others to get involved.

Who can enter the Epic Awards?

The Epic Awards are for creative projects that involve, and are led by, people who participate for the love of it and on an amateur basis.

You can be based anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland, practice any kind of art form or craft and work with any age group. Your nominated project can be long or short-term, as long as some or all of it took place in the twelve months prior to 31 December 2019.

Prizes include: 

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Epic Award Winners:

  • Framed winners' certificate
  • £250
  • A tailored package of training, mentoring and promotion to help bring your group to the next level from Voluntary Arts and Epic Award partners

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Epic Award Runners Up:

  • Framed runners-up certificate
  • £75
  • Mentoring from Voluntary Arts and Epic Award partners

Get a taste of what the Epic Awards are all about in this short video: