Started in 2010, the Epic Awards shine a light on the achievements of volunteer-led arts group across the UK and Ireland, aiming to inspire others to get involved and participate in creative activities.
The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts, who promote active engagement in creative, cultural activities. In previous years, winning or being shortlisted for an Epic Award has been a real boost for groups, who found their profile raised locally and nationally and that it helped with future fundraising efforts.
The 2018 national winner and runner-up for Scotland will be selected by a panel of judges, while the ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be chosen by members of the public, who can vote online at www.epicawards.co.uk until voting closes on Wednesday 11 April.
The Scotland winners and runners-up will attend a special reception in Dublin on Thursday 3 May.
Kathryn Welch, Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland said: “We were delighted to receive a record number of entries to the Epic Awards in Scotland this year, and were blown away by the very high standard of the entries. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to shine a light on our ten shortlisted groups, whose work – like so many volunteer-run activities across Scotland – brings joy and vibrancy to our communities. We were thrilled to be able to bring the shortlisted groups together in Edinburgh to celebrate their work, to provide a forum for sharing and learning, and to say ‘thank you’ for the unstinting volunteer energy that enables these groups to thrive.”