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.

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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