The Bank of England has opened a two-month nomination period during which time members of the public can have their say on whom they would like to see on the £20 note. The BoE wants the note to celebrate “Britain’s achievements in the visual arts,” and nominate someone who is a visual artist. It provides a comprehensive list defining the term:
“Visual artists include architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors. The Bank will not feature fictional or living characters, with the exception of the Monarch, who appears on the front of our notes,” the Bank’s website said.
The public can vote before 19th July, when the consultation period closes. However, it must be noted that the final decision will actually be made by the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney. It will be announced in the spring 2016, and it is expected the note will be in circulation by 2020.
“Banknotes are the principal way the Bank of England engages with the British public. These sparse pieces of paper from the 17th century have developed over the years to become the small works of art that are in everyone’s wallets,” said Mark Carney.
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