Awards

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.

Judging

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.

Prizes

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.

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Tees Women Poets

Tees Women Poets aims to create change for and by women of all ages who live or work in the Tees Valley area.

The group hosts free monthly poetry writing workshops and free monthly sessions for sharing, editing and performing work. Their community of creative women keeps in touch through lively discussion on their Facebook group and they inspire women to come into their full power as leaders and influencers through creative self-expression.

During the pandemic, their workshops and open mic sessions were run digitally, followed by a blended approach once they could return to in-person events. They set up a ‘Poetry Penpals’ project with shielding members, performed at virtual festivals, ran public creative writing walks and set up a social walk group to support one another's mental health, among other ventures.

"We’ve retained and supported our existing membership at a time of great strain and isolation, attracted new members, given members the chance to shadow each other in delivering workshops, greatly increasing our organisational capacity and our members' engagement, involved other members as volunteers, building their confidence and raised our profile and cemented new partnerships with like-minded charities and community groups." Kirsten Luckins, Tees Women Poets

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