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.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






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.

Reading playwrights

Launched in September 2019, Reading Playwrights offered new and amateur playwrights in Reading and the surrounding areas an opportunity to develop their writing practice, by having their work performed and receiving audience feedback.

This volunteer-led group believes playwriting should be accessible for everyone, regardless of age, income, ethnicity, or any other factor. The group was designed both to develop attendees who might want to pursue playwriting professionally and to support amateur writers to encourage and express their creativity, and during the pandemic they have found a number of ways to stay connected, learn new skills and share their work.

"Creative writing is an important activity in its own right. One that fosters better mental health, improves communication skills, builds confidence and imagination, and is also just downright fun!" Emily Goode, Reading Playwrights

Learn more about Reading Playwrights

Website www.progresstheatre.co.uk/writing 

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