Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Each year, we invite creative groups across the UK and Ireland to share their achievements with us, so we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. To see the highlights of last year's ceremony, watch the short video below:










Shortlist

We received lots of wonderful applications for our 2022 Awards and really enjoyed reading about all the things creative groups across the UK and Ireland achieved between September 2021 and September 2022. It was tough, but we managed to reduce the entries down to a shortlist of 36 groups. Our judging panels will be meeting in January to pick winners from each nation - but now it's up to YOU to choose who wins the coveted People's Choice Award. Read the shortlist and vote for your favourite now! 

Judging

Each year, a judging panel is assembled in each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which features Creative Lives staff and trustees, representatives from local stakeholders and previous winners. The panels choose a winner and runner-up from each nation.

Prizes

Winners receive a bespoke award inspired by the region our Awards Ceremony takes place in, a framed certificate, a 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 Award has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably. Plus two representatives from each winning group will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony - which will take place on 7 March 2023 at Aspire in Leeds - with all travel and accommodation paid. 

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 gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet some of our previous winners here. And to see who won last year's Awards, and get a sense of what to expect at our Award ceremony, watch our film captured at Coventry Cathedral here.

Overdrive Dance Company

Overdrive Dance Company promotes dance for boys and young men living in Glasgow. On the brink of lockdown, the company was finalising the creation of a new piece, 3billion, for the national showcase for youth dance in the UK. As the young dancers were unable to perform, their hard work and dedication had no outcome. 

After receiving a micro-grant from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland in July 2020, Overdrive was able to come together digitally to create 3billion into a dance film. During online rehearsals, the young company discussed how the work could be translated and reimagined into a film.

On their own initiative they found creative ways to come together, met up in open spaces to direct one another's films, asked their families to be involved behind the scenes, and were open and responsive to everyone's suggestions. They demonstrated resilience, dedication and passion in their contributions towards the film. 

"The young people had never created a film before and had never worked remotely. But they spent detailed time envisaging how they would be able to film using their phones, and using what they had at home. Coming together during such isolating times helped to support the young people by being in a like-minded community and reminding them of their skills and talents." Hayley Earlam, Overdrive Dance Company

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