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.


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. 

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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