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.

RicNic

RicNic is an arts charity running youth theatre projects across the South East and Midlands. They support young people to form their own theatre company and stage a show. 

When the pandemic closed theatres, and all of RicNic’s paid staff were furloughed, the organisation's volunteer trustees stepped in to support the youth companies to create an online cabaret series. 

Four concerts were directed, performed, filmed, edited and screened over five weeks. A fifth concert, coordinated by the trustees, gave RicNic’s alumni a chance to get creative again as part of the project. All of this activity has forged a permanent online programme for RicNic and a project for younger children. 

"The pandemic threw us a curveball but thanks to the resilience of our young members and our trustees, we now have a lasting legacy which will help many more young people to be creative." Jennifer Holyhead, RicNic

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