Deadline: 30 June 2019

Run by Voluntary Arts, the Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of community-led amateur creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Epic stands for Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creative Development.

An Epic Award winner and runner-up is chosen from each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and representatives from the winning groups attend a ceremony to receive their award. Each year it’s held in a different city – and in October 2019, the event will be hosted by Voluntary Arts Scotland in Edinburgh.

The commission

Proposals are now sought from a community-engaged artist, or collective of artists, to make the physical awards. In previous years, the awards have included glasswork, embroidery and woodwork but we are open to ideas.

The Awards usually recognise and celebrate the location of the ceremony itself in some way – for example traditional Welsh love spoons when the ceremony was held in Wales, and an embroidery of the Dublin skyline when it was held in Ireland.

We require 8 awards in total, all of which will be engraved with the names of the winning groups:

  • 4 x national winners (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Peer Award For Excellence
  • Celebrating Diversity Award
  • A new (as yet unnamed) award recognising someone for exceptional support of the arts in their community.

The four national awards should be identical – but it is up to the artist if they would like to create all eight awards the same, or make the non-nation awards different.

We can offer an artist fee of £1,000, inclusive of materials. As Voluntary Arts exists to support and champion voluntary/amateur creativity, we are especially interested in hearing from artists who may work with their community in some way to design and/or create these awards.

How to apply:

Please send a one-page proposal on how you would design and make the awards, including examples of previous relevant work, to [email protected] by 30 June 2019.  The awards themselves will need to be ready by w/c 23 September 2019 in time for the ceremony on 3 October.

Voluntary Arts Scotland, together with the craft lead from Creative Scotland, will assess proposals based on how well they reflect the ethos of the Epic Awards and capture a sense of place.

Voluntary Arts Scotland acknowledges funding by Creative Scotland and the Open University.