Not the usual

Here and Now was a national and local celebration of culture within communities. 40 brand new projects took place in and around 40 arts centres across the country, led by artists and co-created with local people. The project was supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

The projects resulted in exhibitions, performances, parties, installations and films all of which told the story of the places and people involved, and celebrated the impact creativity, culture and The National Lottery has had and could have on community life.


Over 100 artists worked on Here and Now from the projects conception to completion – They were theatre-makers, musicians, visual artists, film-makers, circus artists, dancers, and more!  


The 40 arts centres that took part in Here and Now were spread across cities, towns and the countryside – homes to very different communities, but all with a genuine connection to people and place. 


​Everything that resulted from the project came from within the communities who shaped them and from people and places to whom everyone can relate. You may know someone who was involved as a co-creator, participant or artist. You may have heard about it from someone you know and trust. You may have experienced a unique local event. With Here And Now, you will find something beautiful, new, unexpected and rooted in community.