Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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

     

    Learn more about Inside Out