Irish Arts Organisations Invited to Enter Epic Awards

The Epic Awards are open to all amateur art and craft groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland and they are free to enter. The search is on to find winners from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who can demonstrate that they have achieved something Epic – whether that’s improving life in their local community, working across generations, or using technology in a creative way.

Epic Awards MontageLast year’s winners included a drumming group who made a video about how music helped them recover from mental health issues; a choir who dramatically increased membership and brought choral singing to a new generation; a pioneering photography gallery and a community festival.

The Epic Awards give groups an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of their work as well as the chance to win a package of prizes including cash, vouchers, training and publicity. Voluntary Arts is hosting the prestigious Epic Awards winners’ reception in Derry~Londonderry to celebrate the city’s designation as UK City of Culture 2013, and winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to collect their award.

Speaking about scooping the Scottish Epic Award, Jane Bentley from The Buddy Beat said: “We are all over the moon! I think the win will have a huge effect on the group in terms of boosting confidence, and hopefully creating opportunities to play.”

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, 30 November, 2012.

The awards have captured the imagination of the general public, with the incredibly popular People’s Choice Award. Last year saw a staggering 53,807 votes cast on the Epic Awards website, giving an unprecedented opportunity for local amateur arts and crafts groups to have their work showcased on a national stage.

More information about the awards and details of how to enter can be found at

The official Epic Awards 2013 trailer is a 2 minute video which highlights the diversity of groups that get involved with Epic - watch it below: