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 Award 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!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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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