Shortlist and Celebrity judges announced for Hearts For The Arts 2022

The shortlist has been announced for the National Campaign for the Arts’ (NCA) Hearts for the Arts Awards 2022. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds.

This year’s winners will be selected from the shortlist by a judging panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners with winners announced on Valentine’s day on February 14th. The judging panel includes:

The shortlist is made up of an eclectic mix of inspiring projects and people bringing creativity into people’s lives to revitalise communities, reboot economies, and care for the most vulnerable in society. Nominations were received from across the UK for each of the three award categories: Best Arts Project; Best Arts Champion – Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker; and Best Arts Champion – Councillor. The shortlist was judged by representatives from the National Campaign for the Arts and from this year’s award partners: Community Leisure UK, Creative Lives, the Local Government Association, Thrive and UK Theatre.

From a Silent Film Festival, to art exhibitions in disused shops, and from music-making and intergenerational choir projects to digital innovation, this year’s shortlist proves that the arts can be a vital support to the NHS and to many other UK organisations responsible for care and rehabilitation, and that creativity makes connections for those who need it most.

Find below the nominees:

Samuel West, a Trustee of the National Campaign for the Arts, said:

“The pandemic has given us no respite since March 2020; instability and insecurity still threaten the survival of our arts industry. I am astounded, therefore, at the achievements of the people and projects on the shortlist for this year’s Hearts for the Arts Awards. We hope that recognising their efforts will give the cheer of encouragement needed for local authorities, artists and arts organisations to keep going. The work you’re doing is incredibly important – as proved by the great impact all those shortlisted have had on their participants, communities and audiences”.

More information on the shortlisted nominees visit


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