Have you got what it takes to win an Epic Award?
UK and Republic of Ireland’s premier award for amateur cultural groups, the Epic Awards opens for nominations.
Over 65,000 voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible.
Groups can nominate themselves online at www.epicawards.co.uk. Closing date for nominations is 12 January 2017.
A winner and a runner up will be chosen from England, Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The shortlist will be announced in February with a People’s Choice award voted for by the public, a Peer award in which shortlisted groups vote for each other.
The Epic Awards will be presented at a special Winners’ Reception in April 2017.
The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector.
Are you part of a creative group that is doing something exciting and interesting? Have you embarked on a particularly ambitious project, interesting collaboration or made a difference to the lives of others in your community?
From creative writing to making music and from amateur theatre to yarn-bombing, over 65,000 amateur arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland are making a huge difference in their local areas. There is growing recognition in the media and in public policy of the importance of everyday participation in creativity. The Epic Awards shines a spotlight on the incredible achievements of these groups each year.
You can nominate your group or a group in your local area for an award by filling in the form on www.epicawards.co.uk and put them forward for special recognition and a range of prizes from financial support to advice, partnership and performance opportunities.
Winning groups are those that demonstrate the four Epic qualities – Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creativity – in projects that involve people taking part for the love of it.
Last year’s Epic Awards winners included GO! Palace Plymouth (England), The Hermit Collective (Ireland), alter:nativity (Scotland) and Pimp My Uke (Wales). The Winners’ Reception was held in the spectacular setting of Cardiff Castle in April 2016.
Last year’s People’s Choice Award winners were Strike a Chord, a choir based in South Wales and working with stroke patients to help them through their recovery. After winning the award by attracting thousands of votes, representatives of the choir were also invited on to Breakfast on BBC1 following the Winner’s Reception to speak about the impact of singing on the group.
Jessamine O’Connor of The Hermit Collective, Winners of the Ireland Award 2016, said: “We were really delighted to be chosen as Irish winners of the prestigious Epic Award!
Two lucky reps. went off to Cardiff Castle to collect the prize and had a brilliant time there, thanks to Voluntary Arts. Since then we have had our brilliant Celebration Party in Spells Rum & Black Music Club, our gig in the Cruachain AI Heritage Centre and have been doing loads of fun pop-up events in farmers markets, parks, and most recently The Secret Village Festival in Ballaghaderreen!”
Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer of Voluntary Arts Ireland who run the Epic Awards, said: “The Epic Awards remind me how many brilliantly creative things happen across Ireland. We are proud to shine a spotlight on people and groups who come together to make a better place and get involved in creative cultural activity. The winners’ reception is always a real highlight of the year for us and just incredibly humbling to see the skill, commitment and enthusiasm among all who apply. We wish everyone good and are excited to discover this year’s Epic winner.”
The Epic Awards are an initiative of Voluntary Arts, an organisation that works across the UK and Republic of Ireland to promote participation in creative cultural activities. The awards have been held each year since 2010 to provide an important moment in the spotlight for some of the thousands of groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland making their communities more creative. The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities.
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More information about the Epic Awards, and previous winners can be found at www.epicawards.co.uk
Epic Awards Facebook page
@EpicAwards on Twitter
Previous winner quotes:
“It was something we were really proud of and something that put us on the map.” Barra Bunting
“It feels like our group is taken more seriously” The Buddy Beat
“It is a recognition of how groups can emerge from the ground up – that there is a strength in community… The money that we won for the Epic Awards paid for a well-known poet to come and give a workshop to our members” Poetry in the Park
“Winning the Epic Award was amazing for everyone who took part in Knitting Jazz. It gave everyone involved a huge sense of pride in what they had achieved together and a great sense of achievement in our hard work being recognised. …although we live in a remote area we can still be recognised for our creativities and hard work…when we get together and have fun creating, big things happen.” Fishguard Arts Society
About Voluntary Arts
Voluntary Arts operates across the UK and Republic of Ireland, offering information, advice and support to the 65,000+ groups who regularly provide opportunities for creative cultural activity in their local area. We also advocate for the voluntary arts sector, and work with local and national decision makers to help create the best environment for this creative cultural activity to flourish in.
Further information can be found on www.voluntaryarts.org
The Voluntary Arts Network (operating as Voluntary Arts) is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC 020345.
Registered office: Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7BS.