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.

If your group did something really special between September 2021 and September 2022, and voluntary participants played a key role in both planning and delivery, then fill out the online application form here or download a Word version here

To learn more about the Awards, watch our ‘explainer video’ 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.

Before filling out your form, it's worth checking out the Rules & Guidelines for entering the Awards. And you might like to read our FAQs.

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.

All shortlisted groups can also receive votes from the public in order to win the People’s Choice Award. This is voted for online via the Creative Lives website. And all shortlisted groups are also invited to vote for one of the groups (not their own!) to win the Peer Award for Excellence.

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, 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.

You can enter the Creative Lives Awards here until Monday 19 December 2022.

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Rig Arts

Based in Greenock, RIG Arts brings artists and the community together in a collaborative, creative way using art and film. They aim to engage disadvantaged people through cultural activities, enhancing their lives and helping them develop new skills.

When lockdown was implemented in March 2020, they closed their studio and all regular workshops stopped – which quickly became detrimental to their participants, who use their art workshops as an outlet to express themselves and reduce stress.

So RIG created ‘Lockdown Art Crew’ for children and young people in Inverclyde to still enjoy and make the most of art therapy during lockdown. The free workshops took place over Zoom, and the young people told the RIG volunteers what they wanted to do, try or learn. The themes they came up with ranged from stained glass to Aboriginal art to Tim Burton style portraits and more.

"We worked with local organisations to reach out to young people we thought would really benefit from this service. They referred children to us who were struggling in lockdown including many who were suffering from anxiety, depression and disengagement. By doing this we not only gave them an outlet but also some much-needed respite for their parents and carers." Lauren Grech, RIG Arts

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