Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year. The winners were announced at the #EpicAwards2018 ceremony in Richmond Barracks, Dublin on 3 May 2018. See all the winners and runners-up here.

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 has been a huge success and we are excited about opening our call for entries again in the autumn.

Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news about this year's Epic Awards.

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 lifeRead more

Yarnbombing Mountmellick

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

Ulverston Lantern Festival

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

Uddingston Craft Bomb

Crafters who brought the whole community together to decorate their townRead more

The Tinderbox Collective

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

The Wallich – Who Decides?

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

The Sunday Boys

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


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

Swadlincote Asperger’s Society

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


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

Say It Ain’t Sew

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

Riddell Fiddles

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

Reach For Change

Youth drama group that raised autism awareness with unique playRead more

Perpetually Pensive

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

People Make Christmas

Glasgow craft project that brought isolated people together on Christmas DayRead more


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


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

Nasty Women North East

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


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

Killin Music Festival

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

Irish Video Game Orchestra

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

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

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

Festival of Angels

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

Ferns Community Adult Group

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

Derry Halloween

Derry Halloween Carnival takes places across Derry City each OctoberRead more

Coffee n’ Laughs

A weekly friendship group in a culturally diverse area of NewportRead more

Buckingham Art for All

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

Blast Furness Community Street Band

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

Artisan's Collective CIC

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

Aimee's Friday Art Group

A weekly art group in Prestatyn supporting people's wellbeingRead more

Active Inquiry

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