Media Release: Scottish Epic Awards go to the public vote

Gorbals Youth Brass Band

WHAT do a Glasgow youth band, a Dundee music group, a Stonehaven art group, Edinburgh filmmakers, an Isle of Barra bunting project, a Forth accordion band and an Edinburgh sewing project have in common?

They’ve all made it onto the shortlist for the 2013 Scottish Epic Awards!

And now people can vote for their favourite to win a People’s Choice Award.

The Epic Awards are an initiative of Voluntary Arts, the development agency for amateur arts and crafts activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Voluntary arts groups from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland entered the Epic Awards, with just a handful chosen from each nation to go through to the next round.

An overall winner and runner-up from each country will be chosen by a panel of experts – but the People’s Choice award for each nation will be voted for by the public.

To read all about the shortlisted entries, and vote for their favourite projects, people should visit before the deadline on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

The shortlisted entries all used their skills and passions to encourage participation in the arts and crafts and improve life in their local community. The Scottish shortlist features:

  • Barra Bunting Project – A worldwide crafts project that brought bunting from around the globe to the Scottish Islands of Barra and Vatersay.
  • The Craw’s Nest Project   A community that pulled together to design and create stunning mosaics to boost the look of Stonehaven harbour.
  • Forth Bridges Accordion Band – A cross-generational band that plugged a hole in the Scottish music scene, kept traditions alive and brought people together.
  • Gorbals Youth Brass Band – Bringing musical opportunities to one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas.
  • Keys, Hands, Feet and Pipes – Engaging and inspiring children and young people to enjoy the great concert hall organ in Dundee’s Caird Hall.
  • Scatterbox – Helping Edinburgh’s filmmakers of tomorrow gain an audience and follow their dream
  • Sew Crafty – Leith-based project that helps the homeless learn craft skills and increase confidence.

The Scottish Epic Award winner and runner-up will be announced on the Epic Awards website at the end of January. Winners will receive a cash prize, free training and mentoring, vouchers and memberships. The People’s Choice Award will be given to the UK group with the most public votes.


 Notes to editors:

Images of the seven shortlisted Scottish groups and the Epic Awards logo are available from Kelly Donaldson at Voluntary Arts Scotland on email: or tel: 0131 225 7355 / 07843 056023.

Epic Awards and Voluntary Arts

The Epic Awards are an initiative of Voluntary Arts and aim to promote the excellent art and craft practice that exists within the amateur arts sector. Voluntary Arts is the national development agency for arts participation. The organisation raises awareness of the contribution the voluntary and amateur arts and crafts make to the well-being of communities, social inclusion, lifelong learning, active citizenship and volunteering.

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