Epic Awards – Voluntary Arts’ annual celebration of participatory excellence

Epic Awards logo smallThe Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities.

This year’s Awards are now open for nominations – deadline: 16 March 2015

The voluntary cultural sector is huge, incorporating drama groups, choirs, knitting circles, orchestras, dance troupes, quilters, embroiderers, community arts and much, much more.

Over 60,000 voluntary arts groups operate across the UK and Republic of Ireland, and their contribution to lives in their local community cannot be underestimated.

The Epic Awards are here to shine a spotlight on their work, and to inspire others to get involved.

The 2014 England award was won by Pandemonium Drummers, a drumming group that came together as part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and have since gone from strength to strength under their own steam.

Poetry in the Park, a poetry group that holds outdoor recitals, encouraging people of all ages to enjoy the spoken word in natural surroundings, scooped the Ireland award.

Braemar Creative Arts Festival, a group of residents in a Highland village, who run their own arts festival, inspiring people to take up new activities and leaving a year-round legacy of arts participation, won the Scotland award.

The Wales award was won by Fishguard Arts Society, an innovative knitting project that involved the entire Fishguard community, from ferrymen to farmers, school children to shopworkers, revitalising the town and its people.

The winners’ reception was held at Platform Arts in Glasgow in February 2014, with the awards presented by Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

To see more photos, read case studies about each of our 2014 winners (and runners-up!) and nominate your group for this year’s Awards, visit the Epic Awards website.

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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: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.