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.


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. 

The Survivor Arts Community

Based in Glasgow, the Survivor Arts Community project was created to address isolation among survivors of sexual abuse or domestic violence during the pandemic.

During the pandemic, the group ran ‘Freehand’, an online illustration workshop series that culminated in a digital exhibition during winter/spring of 2020/21. Members of the public attended the exhibition launch, and through this public engagement, the group challenged misconceptions about abuse and survivors.

Feedback captured the positive impact taking part in the sessions and exhibition 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.” And “Having the opportunity to participate in Survivor Arts’ projects is an important aspect of the healing process.”).

"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." Angela Spoto, Survivor Arts Community

Learn more about Survivor Arts Community

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