The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 by Voluntary Arts, an organisation that works across the UK and Republic of Ireland to promote participation in creative cultural activities.

Voluntary Arts works with local creative cultural groups, voluntary sector organisations, arts councils and local and national government, to help increase opportunities for creative participation – and support those who have already discovered the benefits of taking part.

The 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.

The voluntary cultural sector is huge, incorporating drama groups, choirs, knitting circles, orchestras, dance troupes, painters, photographers, 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.


Who can enter the Epic Awards?

The Epic Awards are for creative projects that involve people who participate for the love of it and on an amateur basis.

You can be based anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland, practice any kind of art form or craft and work with any age group. Your nominated project can be long or short-term, as long as some or all of it took place in the twelve months prior to Friday 31 December 2016.

Prizes

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Epic Award Winners:

  • Specially made Epic Award
  • Framed certificate
  • £250
  • A tailored package of training, mentoring and promotion to help bring your group to the next level from Voluntary Arts and Epic Award Partners

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Epic Award Runners Up:

  • Epic Award Runner Up Framed Certificate
  • Mentoring from Voluntary Arts and Epic Award Partners
  • £75
Applications for Epic Awards 2017 have now closed. Stay tuned for news of shortlisted entries!

Get a taste of what the Epic Awards are all about in this short video: