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 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:






Judging

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.

Prizes

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.

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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