Media Release: Scottish Epic Awards – the search is on!


THE Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the excellent work taking place in over 70,000 voluntary and amateur art and craft groups across Britain.

So, the search is now on to find the winner of the first-ever…

Scottish Epic Award!

In 2010, the Epic Awards celebrated some of the fantastic voluntary arts activity being carried out in England. This year, the awards are being rolled out across the UK and Republic of Ireland, with a special prize awarded in each nation.

From dance troupes to choirs, knitting circles to embroidery groups, any Scottish groups who participate in the arts for the love of it should consider nominating themselves for the award.

To be in with a shout, we need to know what’s Epic about their group. It could be:

·        the work they create

·        the people they collaborate with

·        the audiences and participants they reach out to

·        or the new technology they’re using

Last year’s winners included The Cobweb Orchestra who performed a ‘flash mob’ rendition of Ravel’s Bolero in a Newcastle bus station, and UC Crew who created an anti-smoking breakdance project.

All winners will receive prizes, in-kind support, an invitation to a winners reception in London (last year’s took place in the House of Lords) and the prestige that comes with winning (which can make a real difference to potential funders, audiences or collaborators).                           

For the full criteria and entry form, visit

The deadline for entering the Epic Awards is 11 November 2011. Shortlisted entries will be displayed on the website in November with an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourites. Winning groups will then be announced in December.

Robin Simpson, chief executive of Voluntary Arts, said: “We were impressed and amazed by the range of entries to the epic awards 2010, from breakdancers to basket weavers and painters to poets, all doing incredible things in their communities. We’re really looking forward to what the 2011 epic awards will bring as we know that there are many more excellent and innovative amateur arts and crafts groups out there.”


Notes to editor:

Epic Awards 2011

Images, logos and the Epic Awards video are available from Fiona Campbell, executive officer of Voluntary Arts Scotland is available for interview. Please tel: 0131 225 7355 / 07951 918366 or email:

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