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. 

GRS SongCircle

GRS Song Circle was born out of a songwriting workshop run by Girls’ Rock School Edinburgh. The attendees – women and non-binary people – felt energised by the creative space, so a monthly meet-up was arrange. This changed to bi-weekly during the pandemic, as participants felt the need to connect more regularly, support each other and use their creativity to process how they were feeling through songwriting.  

One of the aims of the group is to provide a safe space to encourage creativity and give feedback in a supportive way. The group is about enhancing the feeling of community among women and gender non-conforming songwriters, and encouraging individual creative development as part of a collective. 

It’s completely self-funded, with any fees from performances used to buy instruments, rent studio space or host social events.

Due to moving to an online setting, the group was able to engage with women who had previously been excluded by distance or circumstance. People with childcare responsibilities were more able to find the time to participate online, as did members with chronic illness. This is something they are considering keeping as they move forward.

"During the pandemic, these workshops have been a lifeline for me. To have a group of people that I can share my challenges and develop my creative process with is priceless. No matter how I feel when I join the workshop, I always feel uplifted by the end." GRS Song Circle participant

Learn more about GRS Song Circle

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