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 Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will 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.

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. 

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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