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. 

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

Learn more about Overdrive Dance Company

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