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 Awards 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!

Judging panels in each of the five nations choose a Winner and Runner-up. We ask the public to vote for a People's Choice Award, and the shortlisted groups vote for each other to win the Peer Award for Excellence. We also select a Celebrating Diversity Award winner from the shortlisted groups, and a Local Hero from the location the Awards ceremony is held in.

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards will open for nominations on Monday 11 March. Further information will be available on this page after nominations open.

A Celebration of Humanity

Want to learn more? You can read in depth about the amazing work of some of our Creative Lives Awards winners below, or check out a list of our recent winners here.

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