Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year. The 2019 Epic Awards are open for applications from 1 April until 31 May 2019. Shortlisted entries will be put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) will be invited to the winners reception in Edinburgh on 3 October 2019.

Enter the Epic Awards

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. This year's event will be held in Central Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news about this year's Epic Awards. See all the 2018 winners and runners-up here.

Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings

Based in Leeds, this group supports musicians setting out later in life Read more

Yarnbombing Mountmellick

Yarnbombing Mountmellick is an ongoing annual event born from a love for all things textile Read more

Ulverston Lantern Festival

The annual festival that lights up this Cumbria town in many ways Read more

Uddingston Craft Bomb

Crafters who brought the whole community together to decorate their town Read more

The Tinderbox Collective

Edinburgh-based orchestra that offers free tuition and brings musicians together Read more

The Wallich – Who Decides?

A diverse group of volunteers, many of whom have experienced homelessness, curated an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales Read more

The Sunday Boys

This Manchester-based gay male choir celebrated 50 years of building equality with a major performance Read more

Take a Part Carlow

Led by an Arts Action Group (AAG) made up of community representatives from the Tullow Road area of Carlow Town along with agency partners Read more


Artist collective based in Cardiff that specialises in experimental artworks within diverse venues and contexts Read more

Swadlincote Asperger’s Society

A group in South Derbyshire created their own art group to help those who felt otherwise excluded Read more


A Kendal-based collective providing space and resources for people to grow creatively Read more

Say It Ain’t Sew

Volunteer-run hand-sewing classes across Scotland that help reduce isolation Read more

Riddell Fiddles

Fiddle group in the Scottish Borders that provides free instruments and tuition for young people Read more

Reach For Change

Youth drama group that raised autism awareness with unique play Read more

Perpetually Pensive

Perpetually Pensive is a Radio Podcast based in Derry/Londonderry, hosted by Eamon Kerrigan and Paul Gormley Read more

People Make Christmas

Glasgow craft project that brought isolated people together on Christmas Day Read more


A much-need creative outlet in Ayrshire, offering music, dance and writing Read more


Community book festival in Inverness that ran free events across the city Read more

Nasty Women North East

A collective of ambitious creatives reaching out to the world from the north east of England Read more


A community group publishing a book containing a poem and painting for each tree in a Rostrevor park Read more

Killin Music Festival

Ambitious music festival hosting big names and local talent in a small town Read more

Irish Video Game Orchestra

A collective of amateur musicians living in the greater Belfast area celebrating pop culture tunes Read more

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

An inclusive, inspiring annual festival of music and arts in Huddersfield Read more

Festival of Angels

Rotherham’s community-led festival brings local people together over a positive theme Read more

Ferns Community Adult Group

Based in County Wexford, the group is made up of 15 women ranging from 35 to 81 years old Read more

Derry Halloween

Derry Halloween Carnival takes places across Derry City each October Read more

Coffee n’ Laughs

A weekly friendship group in a culturally diverse area of Newport Read more

Buckingham Art for All

A group of local artists sharing their passion and their work both locally and internationally Read more

Blast Furness Community Street Band

Community band contributing to the vibrant regeneration of their local area in Cumbria over 20 years Read more

Artisan's Collective CIC

A volunteer-led community hub in Prestatyn including arts groups for all ages Read more

Aimee's Friday Art Group

A weekly art group in Prestatyn supporting people's wellbeing Read more

Active Inquiry

Edinburgh theatre company who brought women’s aid, homeless and mental health charities together Read more