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The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its third birthday this week with the announcement that the art gallery has been selected to compete for the honour of becoming ‘England’s National Treasure’ – a National Lottery campaign to find England’s most popular National Lottery funded project of the last 20 years.

The ‘What’s Your National Treasure?’ campaign asks people to vote for their favourite project from a shortlist of 12 iconic venues, landmarks and facilities, vying for the title of ‘England’s National Treasure’ and is part of the National Lottery’s 20th anniversary celebrations this year.

The Hepworth Wakefield was awarded £5m in National Lottery funding, distributed via Arts Council England, towards gallery building costs.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the National Lottery as one of the most inspirational projects in England. The gallery celebrates its third birthday on 21 May and this is a wonderful way to mark the occasion and recognise our achievements. I hope all who’ve enjoyed visiting and supporting The Hepworth Wakefield will vote for us and those yet to come will be inspired to visit. Entrance is free so there’s never been a better time to come.”

The projects competing in England are: Beamish Museum (County Durham), Eden Project (Cornwall), The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Lowry (Manchester), Manchester SportCity, The Mary Rose Museum (Portsmouth), The Museum of Liverpool, National Memorial Arboretum (nr Lichfield), National Space Centre (Leicester), Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Wembley Stadium (London).

As well as voting for England’s favourite place, the public are invited to vote for the celebrity who is most deserving of the title. Yorkshire’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is among the shortlist of five famous faces competing to become ‘England’s favourite face’.

Vicki Kennedy, Director of the National Lottery Good Causes said: “This is a fun way for people to show their backing for the projects they care most about and also gives us a great chance to celebrate the massive impact National Lottery players have had. England is packed full of National Treasures and we’re proud that National Lottery funding has been able to benefit so many of them. It will no doubt be tricky for people to pick just one as their favourite!”

Votes can be cast on or from now until midnight on Tuesday 27 May. People taking part in the survey will be able to share their participation on Facebook for the chance to win one of five iPad Airs.