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Vote for Arts Council England funded projects in the National Lottery Awards now!

  • Date: 26 June 2012
  • Area: National
Green laser beam projected across a river

FLOW, a series of site specific artworks in Northamptonshire, has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award. Credit: Andrew Hilton

Arts Council England is delighted to see four funded projects in the running for the coveted National Lottery Awards.

Voting for the semi-finals opens today until midday Sunday 22 July - show your support by casting your vote now!

The shortlisted projects

The following projects, supported by the Arts Council using Lottery money, have been shortlisted under the Best Arts Project category:

Bas Vegas, London - a film created by and featuring local residents from Craylands, Fryerns East, Basildon and Queens Park, Billericay. The project is being led by The London Bus Theatre Company.

BALTIC, North - a major international centre for contemporary art, housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead.

FLOW, East Midlands - a series of new site specific artworks that explore and respond to the journey of water through Northamptonshire. The project has also been supported as part of the Cultural Olympiad in celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Me, myself and I, Yorkshire - a photographic art project that aims to challenge young offenders through creativity. Exploring the self-portrait, young people have used the still image to communicate how they see themselves. The project was delivered by artist, Asha Munn.

About the awards

The National Lottery Awards aim to recognise the positive impact that Lottery-funded projects make to local communities.

Over 500 'Good Causes' were entered in this year's awards.  70 projects have been shortlisted across seven categories which reflect the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, heritage, voluntary/charity, education, environment, health and sport.

The winner in each category will be awarded £2,000 and will be announced during a special BBC One television programme transmitted later this year.

How to cast your vote

You can vote for one of the above supported projects at

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

Read more about our investment in arts and culture.
Find out about our involvement in London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad.