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.

Touchbase Care CIC

Touchbase Care in Folkestone provides support and activities for people with varied disabilities.

So that their members were not left completely isolated, Touchbase set up a secure online facility where group members were able to participate in workshops and collaborate with each other and volunteers.

At least four creative sessions took place each week, including singing, drumming, creative writing, pottery and art challenge. Each activity saw members flourish online and engage on a deeper level. The volunteers pushed their own boundaries by facilitating an online ‘Sensory Arts Festival’, working to make it accessible for those with sensory impairments and access challenges and bringing in a wide range of collaborators.

"Some volunteers and members have now taken the lead on workshops initially run by tutors. These sessions inspired individuals who wanted to continue these activities and they now do so independently." Holly Smith, Touchbase Care

Learn more about Touchbase Care

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