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 wonderful groups. Our judging panels will be meeting in January to pick winners from each nation - and the public has now voted to choose who wins the coveted People's Choice Award. 

The winners of the 2022 Creative Lives Awards will receive their awards at a ceremony in Leeds on 7 March and all the winners will be announced on this page on 8 March 2023.

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.

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

Learn more about RicNic

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