Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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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