Awards and competitions

Epic Awards open to amateur arts and crafts groups

Voluntary Arts has announced that the Epic Awards 2013 are now open for entries.

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.

Nominations open for 2012 Social Change Awards

The Directory of Social Change has announced that the nominations for the 2012 Social Change Awards are now open. The Social Change Awards are for all those working to achieve a positive change in society - individuals, charities, community groups, funders, companies, public bodies.

You can nominate yourself/your own organisation or recommend others for nomination. Please note, all organisations and individuals must be based in the UK to be eligible, their work however, can be international.

Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2012 – deadline 31 August

Nominations are now invited for the second year of this award, presented by engage and the Marsh Christian Trust, which aims to celebrate the achievement of those working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts.

Four awards of £500 each will be offered to the winning individuals, to be spent on Continuing Professional Development.

Nominations should be made by a colleague or a representative from an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

Nominations open for GSK IMPACT Awards 2013 – deadline 21 September

The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. The awards are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £10,000 and £1.5m.



Arts and Health Awards 2012 open for nominations – deadline 6 July

The Royal Society for Public Health awards marking significant contributions to research and practice in the field of Arts and Health are now in their fifth year.

This year, the awards will focus on the role of the creative arts in the promoting the health and wellbeing of children and/or young people. Nominations are invited for individuals, teams or organisations whose work has furthered the contribution of the creative arts in fostering the health and wellbeing of children and/or young people in one or more of the following ways:

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012 – deadline 1 July

The 2012 awards include a category for Use of the Arts.

“An outstanding, innovative and effective arts project of any type (performance, literary or visual/ installation) that engages with staff, patients and visitors and creates a positive place for work and recuperation. Marks will be awarded for :

Therapeutic qualities - improving the overall wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors

Integration of the arts into the patient environment and/or patient treatment pathway


Nominations open for voluntary music composition award – deadline 12 July

Nominations are now open for the Making Music category of the 2012 British Composer Awards. The category serves to recognise composers of new works written especially for voluntary or amateur music groups. This year, the category has been widened to celebrate all works written for voluntary, amateur or youth ensembles.

The Salon Art Prize 2012 – deadline 25 August

Applications are now open for The Salon Art Prize 2012, the sixth annual open submission exhibition produced by Matt Roberts Arts. The exhibition will take place between 11 October and 3 November at its gallery in East London. Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Installation (including sound) and 2-D Media (which includes drawing, collage, printmaking etc) are all eligible.

Prize fund:

Mind Media Awards, open for entries – deadline 13 July

The awards, now in their nineteenth year, recognise those who have successfully challenged the misinformation and stereotypes that surround mental health problems, and most importantly produced work that includes the voices of people who have experienced mental health problems. Last year’s winners included X Factor judge Tulisa for her BBC Three documentary Tulisa: My mum and me, a BBC Radio 5 Live documentary on the suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke and long-running drama Casualty.

Culture Cloud competition – deadline 4 May

New Art Exchange, in collaboration with technology providers Artfinder, has opened registration for the online Culture Cloud competition. UK- based artists can enter the competition by uploading two dimensional artworks to the project website.


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