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:


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.


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.


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.

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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