The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Each year, we invite creative groups across the UK and Ireland to share their achievements with us, so we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

If your group did something really special between September 2021 and September 2022, and voluntary participants played a key role in both planning and delivery, then fill out the online application form here or download a Word version here

To learn more about the Awards, watch our ‘explainer video’ here:

And to see who won last year's Awards, and get a sense of what to expect at our Award ceremony, watch our film captured at Coventry Cathedral here.

Before filling out your form, it's worth checking out the Rules & Guidelines for entering the Awards. And you might like to read our FAQs.


Each year, a judging panel is assembled in each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which features Creative Lives staff and trustees, representatives from local stakeholders and previous winners. The panels choose a winner and runner-up from each nation.

All shortlisted groups can also receive votes from the public in order to win the People’s Choice Award. This is voted for online via the Creative Lives website. And all shortlisted groups are also invited to vote for one of the groups (not their own!) to win the Peer Award for Excellence.


Winners receive a bespoke award inspired by the region our Awards Ceremony takes place in, a framed certificate, a 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 Award has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably. Plus two representatives from each winning group will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony, with all travel and accommodation paid. 

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 gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet some of our previous winners here.

You can enter the Creative Lives Awards here until Monday 19 December 2022.


Os hoffech chi lenwi'r ffurflen gais yn Gymraeg, cliciwch yma

Cyn llenwi'r ffurflen, mae'n werth darllen y Rheolau a Chanllawiau ar gyfer ymgeisio am y Gwobrau. Ac efallai yr hoffech chi ddarllen ein Cwestiynau Cyffredin.

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." 

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