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.

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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