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. 

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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