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:


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.


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.

We Made This

#WeMadeThis is an amateur collective from Hull that stayed active during the pandemic through a range of creative projects.

The ‘Bloomin’ Spring’ installation of flower garlands was made by the community in groups, schools, by individuals, families and church groups across 33 locations in September 2020. ‘Postcards From Hull’ was an online exhibition of 100 individually crafted submissions, and ‘Christmas Trees 4Ever’ saw trees being decorated in 80 communities across the city and the associated public trail downloaded 1,250 times. 

Finally, ‘Helping Hands’ was “a thank you to all who had helped through the pandemic” installed in 95 locations during March 2021.

Learn more about #WeMadeThis

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