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.

Inside Out

Inside Out, a collective of 70 local people in Fleetwood, came together with artist Gillian Wood and over 200 local volunteer sewers to make gowns for the NHS. 

Whilst producing the scrubs, it became clear how many people were being creative during lockdown, so they decided to curate an exhibition in the disused Fleetwood hospital.

During a socially-distanced 12 days, over 500 people attended Inside Out’s five 'wards' of art and crafts, which included photographs, paintings, sculptures, knitting, wallpaper and tablecloths. To make the event happen, Inside Out initiated a number of partnerships with Fleetwood Hospital Trust, Lee Dickson architects, Regenda Housing, Fleetwood Library & Museum and the Affinity shopping centre among others.

"Inside Out has very much been a vehicle for sustaining positive mental health, enabling new (albeit-socially-distanced friendships) and it has elevated what might be considered ordinary/everyday domestic creativity to a more visible and powerful place." Tina Redford, Inside Out

 

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