The Epic Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector, with a winner and runner-up chosen from England, Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a special ‘People’s Choice Award’ voted for by the public.
Groups can nominate themselves online at www.epicawards.co.uk and the closing date for nominations is 12 January 2017.
What are the judges looking for?
Creative groups that are doing something exciting and interesting. You could have embarked on a particularly ambitious project over the past year, formed an interesting collaboration or made a difference to the lives of others in your community.
Epic stands for Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creativity – and projects should demonstrate one or more of these four qualities.
What do the Epic Awards celebrate?
From creative writing to making music, from amateur theatre to yarn-bombing, over 65,000 amateur arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland make a huge difference in their local areas.
There is growing recognition in the media and public policy of the importance of creative participation, and the Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of groups who provide these opportunities week in, week out.
What do groups win?
A range of prizes from financial support to advice, partnership and performance opportunities. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, groups who are shortlisted for or win an Epic Award have found it led to new partnerships and collaborations, extra coverage in local and national media, and increased acknowledgement from politicians and funders.
Previous Epic Award winners in Scotland include: a Paisley drumming group that aided mental health recovery; a craft group on the Isle of Barra that reached out to international craftmakers: a multi-arts festival in Braemar that encouraged cultural participation; an art and craft trail in Kircudbright; and a drama group in Aberdeenshire that involved the whole community in a refugee-themed alternative nativity show.
Who runs the Epic Awards?
Voluntary Arts, the development agency for creative cultural participation, which works across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
For more information about the Epic Awards, to read about previous winners and download the nomination form, visit www.epicawards.co.uk
The deadline is Thursday 12 January 2017 at 17:00.