Future Arts Centres and Arts Council England have launched a nationwide local and community arts campaign, 'Here and Now', featuring 40 new projects in art centres across the country in 2020.
'Here and Now' is intended to be most representative large-scale art project ever in England with 45% of projects led by working class artists, 28% from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds and 17% of projects led by artists with disabilities.
A brief and framework created during a residency by diverse, renowned artists from different communities has been sent to 40 arts centres in England. Based on this, 40 prjects have been made led by artists and co-created with local people. You can find a list of projects and arts centres here.
Artists and organisations involved in the projects include Sunderland musicians Field Music at Arts Centre Washington (with a project named after their album Tones of Town called Poems of Town), Paines Plough at Lighthouse in Poole as part of Roundabout Festival, Piers Harrison-Reid at Norwich Arts Centre, Alice Kettle at Farnham Maltings, Dawinder Bansal at Warwick Arts Centre, and many more.
The project is part of the 25th birthday celebrations of the National Lottery, which has funded the initiative.