Welcome to the Epic Awards 2016

From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, over 60,000 groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland provide regular opportunities for creative cultural activity.
The Epic Awards celebrate their achievements.

Could your group be an Epic Award winner? Nominations are now open! Click here to read the criteria and download a form. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Deadline for entries: 7 December 2015

Supporting Get Creative, BBC Arts
  • Epic 2015 Winners

    Who should enter?

    All voluntary-led arts groups or projects are eligible to apply. Entries might include:

    • groups who have formed new collaborations;
    • projects that engage with a local community or beyond;
    • activity that sets out to educate, inspire or increase participation;
    • groups who use new technology in innovative ways.

    We’ve written a useful Briefing to guide you through the process.

    Download Briefing

Last year's winners

  • England

  • Friends of the Flyover

  • Multi-artform festival to engage local people & raise awareness of an endangered community space.
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  • Ireland

  • Milk and Cookies

  • Monthly storytelling group that has become a vibrant part of Dublin's artistic, cultural and social life.
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  • Scotland

  • Kirkcudbright Art & Crafts Trail

  • A volunteer-run arts and crafts trail through Kirkcudbright, involving 200 participants.
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  • Wales

  • MaDCaff

  • Voluntary group that created a performance space for musicians & dancers affected by mental illness.
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Last year's runners up

  • Cordwainers Garden

  • A community garden in London whose "grow a garment" project saw people create fabric from seed to finished product.
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  • Free Wee Library Project

  • A trail of outdoor libraries in Donegal, reminiscent of bird boxes, filled with books which readers could borrow and replace.
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  • DD8 Music

  • Music group run by volunteers in Kirriemuir, which provides free music lessons, jams and recording equipment for young people.
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  • Photomarathon

  • Annual, volunteer-led photography event, during which participants take 12 photos on 12 different topics in 12 hours.
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Other award winners

  • Youth

  • DD8 Music

  • Music group run by volunteers in Kirriemuir, providing free lessons, jams, and recording equipment for young people.
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  • Disability

  • Kent Association for the Blind

  • Creative group for people with sight impairments that produced a spray-paint graffiti exhibition at Rochester Cathedral.
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  • People's Choice

  • Knitted Knockers UK

  • Group of knitters and crocheters coordinating online to handmake prostheses for women who have had mastectomies.
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  • Peer Award

  • Crafty Corner/Free Wee Library

  • Joint winners: A cross community craft project in Derry~Londonderry, and free outdoor library project in Donegal
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What it feels like to win an Epic Award

Four groups tell their story about winning an Epic Award

  • Welsh Basket Makers South Wales Group

    “Winning the Epic Award, and having our skills and efforts recognised, was a surprise and a delight for our group...”

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  • Barra Bunting Project

    “We were very humbled to win the Scottish Epic Award,” says Sarah MacLean of Barra Bunting Project...

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  • Quilts 4 London

    "When we found out we had been shortlisted for an Epic Award, we were very excited and pleased..."

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  • Phizzfest

    "Winning the Epic Award for Ireland in 2011 was a huge validation for Phizzfest, and a wonderful reward for the incredible..."

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