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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:


Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.


Winners 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 considerably.

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. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

Gwyl y Ferch

Gŵyl y Ferch is a grassroots, volunteer-run social venture based in North Wales. Their objectives are to provide a stage for the creative women of North Wales, improve accessibility to the arts through free and affordable events, and to fundraise and partner with local charities helping women and girls.

In 2020, the festival was cut short due to the pandemic, so they moved their activities online, including a free-to-download online colouring book, an online poetry anthology online and an online film evening.

In 2021, the project created an online virtual reality exhibition, and hosted an online art exchange, partnering different artists - amateur and professional - across disciplines.

"We're a grassroots venture that is passionate about providing a stage for unheard voices. Many of our artists have been first-time exhibitors or hobbyists taking their first steps into an art career. We are enthusiastic to show that there is immense talent in North Wales, and rural areas, and to provide the first-time opportunities that many of us have felt are lacking." Ffion Pritchard, Gŵyl y Ferch

Learn more about Gŵyl y Ferch


Facebook: @gwylyferch 

Instagram: @gwylyferch_festival 

YouTube: Gwyl y Ferch 2020 Opening Night Gig

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