Epic Awards 2016 Shortlist Unveiled

Epic Awards

The Epic Awards, now in their sixth year, are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, shining a light on their achievements and aiming to inspire others to get involved and participate in artistic and creative activities.

The Awards are run by Voluntary Arts with the support from Spirit of 2012, and many of the 60,000 voluntary arts groups eligible in UK and Republic of Ireland have put themselves forward for the Awards. The judging panels in each of the nations have selected a total of 31 groups from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England to be awarded shortlist status. The panels will select a winner and runner-up from each nation.

The public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite group on the shortlist for the People’s Choice Award with shortlisted groups also voting for each other for the Peers’ Award for Excellence. Epic Awards has two additional categories awarded by the judging panels  – Disability and Youth – which celebrate groups working with young people and disabled people.

All groups are judged on their own merits and from the perspective of the group itself, which means assessing whether what the group has achieved is truly epic for them. Their impact on communities and members is measured against EPIC qualities (Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity).

This year’s winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place in Cardiff on Saturday 2 April 2016. The 2016 shortlist, included in full below, celebrates voluntary arts projects of all scales and artforms. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open here until 5pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016.



Robin Simpson, Voluntary Arts Chief Executive said: “Each year the Epic Awards bring to light some of the finest examples of community-based voluntary arts groups that involve people across Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom every day. We are extremely proud to be able to celebrate their stories with these Awards.

“The shortlisted projects – from knitting, music or theatre groups to community festivals and creative work with young people and disabled people – brilliantly showcase the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into keeping the creative spirit of local communities alive. Each one of the 31 shortlisted groups is truly EPIC – join us in thanking them by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 said: “Spirit is proud to support the Epic Awards celebrating the diverse range of creative and cultural activity right across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. I’m delighted to see such a broad range of activities and age groups on the shortlist and look forward to meeting nominees and winners in Cardiff in April.”

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Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS.