Published on June 8th, 2015 | by admin


Wanted: Artist For Next Version Of The £20 Note

In a similar vein to when the Royal Mint ran a competition to create a revised design for the new coin portrait of the queen which will appear all circulated coins later on this year, the Bank of England is now following suit when it comes to £20 banknotes.

The current images of the Queen and Adam Smith that appear on the £20 note are set to be replaced by the image of a visual artist when the new banknote enters circulation in the next three to five years.

Forthcoming changes to the £5 and £10 banknote

It has already been confirmed that an image of Sir Winston Churchill will appear on the new £5 banknote against a Westminster background when it is issued in 2016 and Jane Austen is set to feature on the revised £10 banknote when it enters circulation in 2017 to coincide with the bicentenary of her death.

They will join a list of illustrious characters depicted UK banknotes since the 1970’s, including Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton and Florence Nightingale.

And now the general public has the opportunity to cast their vote before 19th July this year and nominate an artist that will feature on the £20 banknote.

Since voting opened on 19th May this year, the two-month nomination period has encouraged members of the public to suggest visual artists worthy of appearing on the next £20 note. All the nominations will be carefully considered by the Banknote Character Advisory Committee before it starts to shortlist the characters in the Autumn.

Inspiration for whom to nominate

There are a wealth of potential candidates to choose from when it comes to making a nomination considering that that ‘visual artists’ span a number of disciplines including architects, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.

The final decision

We learn that it will be left to Mark Carney, The Governor of The Bank of England, to make the final choice of which artist will appear on the new £20 banknote with the selected character set to be announced during the Spring of next year.

To cast a vote for who should appear on the new £20 banknote, visit the Bank of England website.

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