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 Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.


Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will 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.

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. 

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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