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. 

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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