NCA Hearts for the Arts nominations – deadline 20 November 2017

The National Campaign for the Arts' new awards scheme, "Hearts for the Arts", now in its second year, recognises local authorities from across the UK who invest in high-quality arts initiatives.

Samuel West, Chair of the NCA, said: “Councils across the country live under real financial pressure, yet the success of these Awards in 2017 shows that arts programmes that unite and delight us can still be driven forward by passionate, committed people. In celebrating them and the essential work of some councils, we want to inspire others to keep the arts at the heart of their communities. Few things can bring us together like the arts can, and we need that now more than ever.”

Anyone can make a nomination, whether you are a member of the public who has experienced an outstanding Local Authority project, work for a Local Authority, or work in the arts sector. There are four categories:

1. Best Local Authority Arts Initiative

2. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Officer

3. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Councillor

4. Best Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion

Nominations can be made online at

Nominations close on Monday 20 November and final judging will take place later in the year.