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 Awards 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!

Judging panels in each of the five nations choose a Winner and Runner-up. We ask the public to vote for a People's Choice Award, and the shortlisted groups vote for each other to win the Peer Award for Excellence. We also select a Celebrating Diversity Award winner from the shortlisted groups, and a Local Hero from the location the Awards ceremony is held in.

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards will open for nominations on Monday 11 March. Further information will be available on this page after nominations open.


A Celebration of Humanity

Want to learn more? You can read in depth about the amazing work of some of our Creative Lives Awards winners below, or check out a list of our recent winners here.

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