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:


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.


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.

The Survivor Arts Community

Survivor Arts Community is a Glasgow-based project set up to address isolation among survivors of sexual abuse or domestic violence.

During the pandemic, they ran ‘Freehand’, an online illustration workshop series that culminated in a digital exhibition during winter/spring of 2020/21.

Survivors’ artwork was exhibited alongside professional illustrators’, and illustrations were showcased to the public in an online launch. Through this public engagement, the group challenged misconceptions about survival and abuse.

Feedback captured the positive impact taking part in the project had both on the participants’ artistic skills and their wellbeing:

“It allowed us to show ourselves as complex individuals who are more than just the label survivor,” said one participant and “Having the opportunity to participate in Survivor Arts’ projects is an important aspect of the healing process," said another.

Angela Spoto, one of the coordinators of Survivor Arts Community said: "Not only did our project provide survivors with an opportunity to learn new skills, grow as a community of survivor artists and have a safe space to create and share their experiences, but it also embedded survivors more firmly in the Glasgow art community." 

Learn more about Survivor Arts Community

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