Media release: Voluntary Arts Epic Awards open for nominations

All the winners from across the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Epic Awards ceremony #2

Quest is on to find this year’s Scotland winner and runner-up

EACH year, Voluntary Arts shines a spotlight on all the incredible creative activity taking place across the UK and Ireland. From drama groups to choirs, painters to tapestry weavers and much more, since 2010 we’ve been celebrating the creative people making a difference in their community.

A winner and runner-up is chosen from each nation: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales – plus the prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ voted for by the public.

Previous Epic Award winners in Scotland include an Aberdeenshire Christmas show that involved the entire community, a woodworking project for PTSD sufferers in Glasgow, and a visual arts trail in Dumfries & Galloway.

Read about all previous Scotland winners here:

Groups of all shapes and sizes can nominate themselves, as long as their activity took place in 2019 and was run primarily by volunteers.

Previous Scotland winners, Paisley-based drumming group, The Buddy Beat, had this to say about winning an Epic Award:

“The sense of pride, achievement and recognition from winning the Epic Award is something that lasts to this day and is worn by all of us as a badge of honour. As well as the Award helping in grant applications, it has helped encourage others to become interested in the group and we are taken more seriously. Winning the Epic Award definitely gave us a deepened sense of pride and identity in what we do.”

Groups can nominate themselves at between now and 31 May.


Notes for editors:

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

The voluntary arts sector is huge, incorporating drama groups, choirs, knitting circles, orchestras, dance troupes, quilters, embroiderers, and much, much more. An estimated 63,000-plus voluntary arts groups operate across the UK and Republic of Ireland, and their contribution to lives in their local communities cannot be underestimated. The Epic Awards are here to shine a spotlight on their work, and to inspire others to get involved.

Voluntary Arts acknowledges funding from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Arts Council Wales.

For further information on the Epic Awards, interviews or photographs, please contact Kelly Donaldson on email: or tel: 07843 056023.

Photo: Winners from across the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Epic Awards ceremony.

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