Hearts for the Arts - Nominations are now OPEN!

"This morning we have launched the 2021 Hearts for the Arts Awards to celebrate creativity during the pandemic. We're inviting nominations from across the UK to recognise local authority and cultural trust arts champions and creative community projects"


This year you can nominate in three categories:

1. Best Arts Project: In a year where creativity and the arts have been vital for us all, the Hearts for the Arts Best Arts Project recognises the projects that were delivered against-all-odds and created connection at a time when we have all been forced to be apart. We welcome a wide range of nominations, from any creative activity that has brought communities together to civic uses of local cultural buildings and arts organisations. 

2. Best Arts Champion – Councillor: Leadership is critically important to keep the arts at the heart of communities. This award is for those who advocate for, support and engage with the arts in their role as an elected Councillor.

3. Best Arts Champion – Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker: This award is for Local Authority and Cultural Trust workers who have been working passionately and tirelessly on arts projects and programmes in their communities. This category is not limited to those working in arts and heritage departments; for example they could work in planning or social care.

Have a look at 2020's amazing Hearts for the Arts award winners for some inspiration.


Samuel West and Susie Dent with Hearts for the Arts award winners 2020 - Matt Steinberg, Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company; Hackney Council's Petra Roberts; Manchester City Council's Luthfur Rahman. Photo Credit - Tom Langford BA (Hons) Photographer

Nominating is really easy!

Anyone can nominate someone for a Hearts for the Arts award. If you know someone brilliant in a trust or council, then we’d urge you to do so. It’s dead simple and only takes twenty minutes, using our online form. It's time to take the opportunity to thank those who have been providing the comfort of creativity through this pandemic. 


Hearts for the Arts 2020 Award winner for Best Arts Project - Community Cohesion:Hackney Council's Windrush Generations Festival. Image credit: Gary Manhine

Key dates and further info

Nominations are open from Friday 20th November until Sunday 6th December 2020.

The nomination form is here - https://forms.gle/SHSEKbhL1bNrCP1a8

The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 14 January 2021, and the final winners will be announced in time for Valentine’s Day – so we can show our winners some love!

Our really helpful FAQs are here.

Visit our Hearts for the Arts webpage for more information: https://forthearts.org.uk/campaigns/hearts-for-the-arts/

Someone friendly will answer any query emails sent to:

On twitter we are @weareforthearts #HeartsfortheArts and you’ll also find us on Facebook 

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