Awards

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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






Judging

Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners 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 considerably.

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

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

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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