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. 

Rising Voices Wessex

The Rising Voices Wessex community choirs support people whose lives have been affected by cancer - giving them the support and encouragement needed to recover following their cancer experience.

As many of the choir members are in the high-risk category for Covid, singing in person wasn’t an option - but they all missed the social and health benefits of meeting and singing. 

A range of resources was hurriedly set up, including Zoom rehearsals, ‘phone friends’, quizzes and party nights. 

"Our concerts have perhaps been our most innovative work during the pandemic, as we are very proud to have held and recorded both a Christmas and spring concert. This took great teamwork and was something we had thought we could never achieve in normal circumstances." Alastair Smith, Rising Voices Wessex 

Learn more about Rising Voices Wessex

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