Epic Awards: Celebrating voluntary arts

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. Since 2010, Voluntary Arts has run the Epic Awards, which recognise the wonderful achievements of these groups.

Voluntary who I hear you ask?

It’s an organisation that promotes participation in creative cultural activities. They work 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. It was created in 1991, in response to a need identified by government and the voluntary arts sector, to provide a universal voice for the voluntary arts across the UK.

Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities. They are there to shine a spotlight on the work of these groups and to inspire others to get involved.

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.

Oh yes, did I mention there are 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

There’s so much amazing creative activity in Blackpool, let’s put it on the map!

Take a look at How to Enter. It’s really simple and you have until 12 January 2017 – good luck!

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