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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

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Judging

Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners 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 considerably.

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. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

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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