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. 

Hip Hop for Mental Wellbeing

Hip Hop for Better Mental Health was a collaborative project involving a wide range of creative partners in Wales who wanted to stay connected when the first lockdown started.

The central belief of the project was that hip hop is a positive creative activity for participants’ mental health. From the usual practice of meeting in a club or in the streets, the collective found that moving online enabled them to talk and share much more with one another and reflect on why hip hop created a safe space for them.

For the young people who took part, who previously had more of a passive role, the project enabled them to be part of the creative process and lead on decision making, which in turn gave them the confidence to try new elements they haven't tried before. The project culminated in a filmed work broadcast as a digital evening which reached over 1,000 people.

"What’s amazing is this has led to further collaborations and to us developing Hydro Jam (a hybrid of live and digital). We’re starting to plan Hydro Jam 2022, growing together, making work and being eco-friendly as we develop." Jamie Berry, Avant Cymru

Learn more about Hip Hop for Better Mental Health

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